The Evolution of a Day: May 16, National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day

By Monte Ephraim The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care My Story When I joined the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore in 2017, there was a whirlwind of activity and information ahead of a May event: the second annual celebration of National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day. I was immediately invited into a special group with an amazing focus on honoring those that became before us. As a 61-year-old lesbian it was inspiring, invigorating, motivating and just right. It began as a vision for a day that recognized and honored our […]

Responding Reasonably to Coronavirus #4: Is it too soon to stop social distancing?

Based on everything we know about epidemiology and about this virus, it is not safe to ease up on social distancing now. The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Guidance For Governors (updated April 17, 2020) recommends that governors should not back off social distancing rules or begin to allow people to resume normal activities until after the death rate from coronavirus in their state has declined for fourteen straight days, meaning that each day for 2 weeks, fewer people die than died the day before. There are no other published guidelines. However, the governors of many states are choosing […]

Easy Estate Planning In a Covid-19 World

Sheltering in place during the Covid-19 pandemic has left many of us with time to think. As news outlets keep an anxious tally of each day’s deaths and new infections, it is natural to consider how well prepared we are for the unexpected. What would happen if I got sick? Who would have the right to take care of me? If the end came suddenly, how would my final arrangements be handled? Who would inherit my assets and settle my estate? These are difficult questions to grapple with under the best of circumstances. In the midst of a global health […]

Coronavirus Does Not Discriminate

While we are all dealing with isolation, social distancing, face coverings, not hugging or shaking hands and all the unusual things we are living with, I try to look if there can be some sort of a positive end result from this. Not for those whom we have lost, but for all those who live through this crisis, and survive to talk about it. Negativity exacerbates the stress of coping with daily life; if we cannot find some hope, some green shoot somewhere, it becomes a drudge to get through any challenging period. So the virus does not discriminate as […]

Life With My Family Today

It started two weeks before “D Day”, when I told my family I was going to transition on October 1, 2010, as a woman. I had no idea the response I was going to get from them, with their full support. I told my mother that my name would be Karen. Something she never told me before, that when she was pregnant with me if I were a girl, she would have name me Karen. She never told me that and I totally lost it with tears. What was good my family was accepting me for who I was deep […]

Bimix and Trimix

It is estimated that ED effects 30% – 50% of men between the ages of 40-70 years of age, are you in this group? ED has inspired an incredibly huge market of easy remedies with Viagra and Cialis being two of the most popular treatments, but there are several others you may not be aware of. Bimix and trimix are 2 different medications that are injected directly into the penis in order to stimulate blood flow through vasodilation. It is rumored that a popular night club was frequented by a “doctor” who would give guys a injection that would boost […]

MENTAL HEALTH MOMENT

April is Substance Abuse Awareness Month By Jason Martin LCPC, CPRP, NCC, ACS This April is Substance Abuse Awareness Month. The current COVID-19 crisis, with its anxiety-inducing headlines and fear of the unknown, is especially difficult for individuals using substances or recovering addicts. These situations can put recovering addicts at risk for relapse, or users at risk for an overdose. Now more than ever, we want to use this national awareness month as a rally point to educate the community about resources available for individuals struggling with substance use. Seek Professional Services There are a number of services available in […]

Resources for LGBT Emotional Support During Pandemic Isolation

Photo Cutline: Randall Leonard, LCSW-C (left) and Kate Bishop, MSSA (right). By Kate Bishop, MSSA, and Randall Leonard, LCSW-C Beloved community, what a bizarre period of history we find ourselves in. No one currently alive has ever experienced a global health crisis of this magnitude. Stumbling through a wrenching learning curve that has been called a “slow-motion collective trauma,” every person on Earth could probably use some emotional care right now. Every person on Earth includes you, friend. Due to underlying health disparities, employment inequities, and prejudice-related mental health stressors, LGBTQ people are especially vulnerable in this crisis. As the pandemic […]

Responding Reasonably to Coronavirus #3: Denial Is Not a River In Egypt

I’m sure you’ve already heard about as much as you want to about how Americans are not interested in helping each other, and our youth are a bunch of snowflakes who care only for their own interests and special uniqueness. Those are frequently offered explanations as to why it’s been difficult to get some Americans to follow instructions for maintaining social distance to prevent the spread of coronavirus. I’d like to offer some alternative explanations which aren’t more versions of finger pointing and blaming. The reasons for social distancing and the right ways to use protective devices such as gloves […]

“How can we avoid the Quarantine 15?”

The pandemic quarantine has disrupted many lifestyle habits that help us maintain our health and fitness. However, now is not the time to succumb to the siren call of your couch and pantry! Unhealthy foods and minimal physical activity can quickly lead to weight gain and muscle loss. Be ready to look and feel your best by using your quarantine time to improve your overall health, beauty, and wellness. Here are some tips to help you avoid the “Quarantine 15” and develop healthy habits while stuck at home. Eat Well – Load up on natural, whole foods like fruits, veggies, […]