Help for Your Mental Health

By Laura Webb, VP and Chief Nursing Officer COVID-19 has cut us adrift in a sea of uncertainty: Will I have a job six months from now? Will I or my loved ones get sick? How should I educate my kids? These incessant worries can do a number on our mental health. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in August 2020 that found during the pandemic, U.S. adults reported considerably elevated rates of symptoms consistent with mental health conditions. Overall, 40% of respondents reported at least one mental health concern or condition, such […]

With Darkness Growing All Around, Resources for Coping with LGBT Stress

“Spooky Season” has arrived and the beautiful autumn finds us all…STRESSED. Truly, this has been one of the most stressful periods in many of our living memories. The pandemic has been a game-changer, even for those who have not suffered COVID-19 illness or the loss of a loved one. Tragically, many of us have lost someone, often under heartbreaking circumstances where we didn’t get the chance to say goodbye. Every one of us who survives 2020 will have scars to show for the remainder of our lives. The adjustments our culture has made are remarkable. But they’re also causing us […]

The Elections

If you’re worried about how the upcoming elections could impact the markets, you’re not alone. This year’s election is likely to be more contentious than the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore (a process that took over five weeks to resolve and saw the S&P 500 drop more than 8%). Numerous lawsuits have already been filed in state courts by both parties and we’re weeks from election night. With an expected increase in mail-in ballots, we won’t likely know the winner until days after the election. Even after that, we could see legal challenges that could take […]

You, me, and ’Rona

As we all adjust to living with a deadly and most importantly, invisible virus, what happens between us, our partners, family, friends, neighbors and coworkers? How do we negotiate the emotional impact of less or no physical contact and the social lack of connections as we used to have? Human beings are social animals. Yes, I know, there are those who are introverts and really prefer their own company and maybe even shun being around others. But even they, seek the comfort of another individual at different times, when their emotional needs peak in crisis situations. So how do we […]

Who is Buying?

This is the question I am asked most often when talking about the current boom in the housing market. I usually cite two key demographics that are behind this current head-scratching rise, and the primary one is first-time homeowners: Millennials. Much of the data on this group comes from YPulse, a marketing and research firm that specializes in Gen Z and Millennial consumers. YPulse recently published a report called “No Place Like Home” that offered some understanding on how the pandemic has affected the attitudes and intentions of this huge, young demographic. While 3 million Millennials have moved back into […]

On National Coming Out Day, Come Out For What is Right and Just

October is an important month for LGBTQ people. National LGBT History Month gives us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the evolution of our equality movement. It’s also National Bullying Prevention Month — in fact, we celebrate Spirit Day on October 15th to increase awareness of the damage done to LGBTQ youth through bullying. One of our most beloved LGBTQ holidays across the year is celebrated on October 11th: National Coming Out Day. When National Coming Out Day (NCOD) was established back in 1988, there were very few well-known LGBTQ Americans. Secrecy was considered an essential protection for many, and yet there was a strong political push to bring LGBTQ […]

Why and how you must vote – even if you don’t love the choices

“No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live. Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined.”  Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black; majority opinion in Wesberry v. Sanders, (1964) IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE: It’s not too late. Do it now! See the website below.  HOW TO VOTE: Go to  https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2020/how-to-vote/ or search for “Washington Post how to vote” to get a complete, state-specific guide to voting, including […]

Five Ways to Prepare For the Unexpected

In this astonishing year, where reality is even stranger than fiction, it’s hard to know what will happen next. Economic insecurity, natural disasters, and political upheaval all fuel a sense of anxiety—especially among many of us in the LGBTQ community. And of course, these worries come in conjunction with concerns about our own health and the fear of COVID-19. In this climate of uncertainty, the best steps we can take are to control the things we can, to be ready for events that could happen, even if they are hard to think about. Here are five things to do that […]

Housing Market Continues to Soar, But Not Everywhere

According to recent statistics released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), sales of existing homes in July rocketed up 24.7% from June, the strongest monthly gain in the history of their survey going back to 1968, and the highest sales pace since the housing boom in 2006. Gains year over year in July 2020 were 8.7% higher than in July 2019. NAR’s economic staff reports that median home prices in the week ending August 15 were up nationally 10.1% year over year, and when adjusted for inflation that is “higher than the bubble high set in 2006.” Regionally, the […]

Being Accepted with the Public

The day I transition and the fear that crossed my mind weather I would I be accepted with the public. The question I believe every Transgender person thinks about when they walk out the door is will, I be spotted, and the word we use is clocked. The public can be a cruel world for us if we do not pass, and it can also be rough once someone finds out who is Transphobia. I remembered my first time out in public and I feel I was incredibly lucky to have passed to most people I may have met. I […]