Coming Out & Confronting Bias

By Johanna M. Dolan Everyday more and more of us make the bold choice to come all the way out of the closet. As you no doubt know many have overcome the life-threatening challenges of coming out of the closet right in front of us and are now leading happy, successful lives. Some of us don’t survive the coming out process. It’s time for that to stop. This means that we need to address the elephant in the room – no matter how open you personally are in your own life; it doesn’t mean that all LGBTQ individuals have come […]

Who, Me? Entitled?

One of the issues that emerge in human interactions is what is called a sense of entitlement. How do we define and detect this? If you have ever felt like someone is bearing down on you with their needs, wants, and demands, you know what it feels like. The question that pops into one’s mind is: Why does this person feel they are entitled to this privilege or satisfaction of what they want? Why is it my duty to keep them satisfied regardless of what I want? This becomes a destructive factor in a relationship if the demands are going […]

Get to Know Mental Health Resources

By Dr. Andrea Gottlieb Welcome to the very first Mental Health Moment! In this monthly column, experts from Sheppard Pratt Health System will share advice, resources, and practices to help you build a healthy mind. Americans spend thousands of hours at the gym each year to build healthy bodies, but most give much less attention to the care of their minds. Like your body, your mind and emotions need strengthening, rest, and renewal. Engaging in practices that intentionally foster mental health is every bit as important as going to the gym. Here are a few of these practices: Many people […]

Evil Foods and Other Myths

Dear Readers, Please consider your answers to these nutrition questions. My answers follow. 1) Which raises blood pressure more, spicy food or salty food? 2) Are artificial sweeteners more dangerous than sugar? 3) Is honey healthier than sugar? 4) Will cutting out high-cholesterol foods, like shrimp and egg yolks, lower cholesterol? 5) Is diabetes caused by eating sugar? 6) Do diet sodas rot your teeth? 7) Does soymilk help for hot flashes in menopause? 8) Do dark sodas like colas increase triglycerides (fats) in the blood? 9) To lose weight, does it help to eat whole wheat instead of white […]

Trans Wellness Nuggets from the annual Philly conference

My partner Kevin and I had the opportunity to attend the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference (PTWC) this year. If you have never been, then you need to go! This is the largest conference focused on the transgender community from multiple perspectives as diverse as the community itself: medical, legal, rights, gender identity, parenting, activism, and much more. There is something for everyone even if you do not identify as being transgender. We also took time to explore Reading Terminal Market as well as The Bike Stop. This month I want to take a moment and share some of the gold […]

Skin Cancer Prevention

A discussion with Dr. Ciro Martins of Belcara Health Q. My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma. What can I do to reduce my chances of getting it too? First, I’m sorry to hear about your brother’s diagnosis; I wish him a swift recovery. I’m happy you are seeking information on preventive measures, for the risk of developing skin cancer can be exponentially decreased by taking the right precautions. Although skin cancers can be deadly, they are often completely curable when diagnosed early. Each year millions of people get skin cancer, and contrary to popular belief, anyone can get it. […]

Gay Love in the Time of Internet Porn

Gone are the days when guys had to carry X-rated magazines and videos out of stores in discreet brown paper bags – now gay porn is available 24/7 from a seemingly infinite variety of online sources. As the infamous Rule 34 of the internet states, if it exists, there is porn of it. But many men are discovering that there is a downside to this X-rated smorgasbord. With pornography so widely available, both gay and heterosexual men have become prone to so-called sexual addiction. From a medical standpoint, a true addiction to sex is impossible. The criterion for addiction is […]

Taking Up a New Fitness Hobby

If you’ve ever been told – or told someone else – that they need to get a hobby, well, turns out it may have actually been very good advice. Fitness is a big part of many people’s lives, and it’s a tremendous, life-extending hobby, but we recognize it’s not everything in life. But when we’re not working class or spending time with family, there’s more to be enjoyed. Get yourself a hobby. Here’s why. Hobbies relieve stress. Stress comes from everywhere. Work, family, financial pressures, and so on. But fishing? Learning woodworking? Ah … stress relief! Hobbies demand some attention […]

Small is Beautiful

In weddings, size is everything and nothing. People fret over their guest lists more than anything else when they’re planning their wedding. Who to invite, who not to invite, who must be invited. And if that’s not enough to make you crazy, there’s the whole money thing. Weddings are often the third most expensive thing people buy in their lifetimes, right after a house and a car. Ten, twenty, thirty thousand dollars or more can go into your wedding. Or not. There was a time, from the mid-1910s until 1938, that Maryland was the quickie state. Most of the surrounding […]

Top Five Reasons

Buying a ready-made suit is very easy to do; the difficulty is pulling the look off. If you believe that you can make a great impression in any suit that you purchase from a department store, you’re misguided. The reason for this is that ready-made suits are mass-produced and are not meant to flatter a variety of body shapes and sizes. Ready-made suits are less expensive than custom-made suits, but you’ll never look as good in a ready-made suit as you would in a suit designed exclusively for you. If you’re not convinced, here are some reasons why you need […]