Comfort Zone? Ditch It!

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. – Thomas Aquinas Think of times in your life when all was well – job, school, and love life, proceeding smoothly… For some, those are times when an almost-itch starts to develop. Seeking change, looking for some excitement. For others, a need to preserve this state, to savor the comfort and to stay in a homeostatic balance. There is no right or wrong in these approaches to life: We all have learned behaviors, personality styles, character, and preferred modes of behavior. […]

Are Weight-Loss Mints for Real?

Beware diet hucksterism! Dear Dr. Eva, I get emails all the time for “amazing” weight loss cures. Somehow the Internet knows I’m overweight. I have tried some of these “cures” with no real success. I wanted to see if you would check this ad out as a doctor and let OUTloud readers know the truth, if it works or if it is BS like I think? Size 3x

Are Weight-Loss Mints for Real?

Beware diet hucksterism! Dear Dr. Eva, I get emails all the time for “amazing” weight loss cures. Somehow the Internet knows I’m overweight. I have tried some of these “cures” with no real success. I wanted to see if you would check this ad out as a doctor and let OUTloud readers know the truth, if it works or if it is BS like I think? Size 3x

Spirit Day–Support for LGBT Youth & Against Bullying October 19th

Despite the progress made nationwide in recent years, LGBTQ youth face harassment and bullying at rates far in excess of others their age. Those incidents can lead to feelings of physical insecurity, hopelessness, and even self-harm. To provide a public show of support for these youth and their allies, October 19th has been designated as Spirit Day, a chance for all Americans to “Go Purple” and let younger LGBTQ individuals know they are not alone. We asked Kate Bishop, Education Coordinator at The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care, to tell us a little more about Spirit […]

Domestic Safety

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Many people think of domestic violence as physical brutality but it is much more than that. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse.”

Surgery and Sexuality

Nerves grow back, but slowly I am a 70-year-old woman. Obviously I’ve been in menopause for a long time. Because of an enlarging tumor in my uterus, I will soon be having a hysterectomy. When I asked the surgeon how the hysterectomy will affect my ability to have orgasms, he looked so embarrassed he almost blushed. I suppose it didn’t help that he looked younger than my own children. He seemed to think that old people have no sexuality. I didn’t get an answer to my question. Some of my friends who have had a hysterectomy say that they felt […]

National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day to be Honored September 18th

Each year, September 18th is honored as National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, a time to recognize the struggles and triumphs of HIV-positive elders, and highlight the challenges they still face. The LGBT Health Resource Center has created a place for these individuals to share their stories and draw strength from each other with its new LGBTQ 50-plus HIV Group. We asked the group’s coordinator, Monte Ephraim, LCSW-C, to share more about this important day.

Chemically Dependent? SMART Recovery Offers Options

Fighting addiction without 12-stepping to higher powers Those of us in the LGBTQ community know what it’s like to have to push for validation, recognition, and our rights. We’ve empowered ourselves collectively and as individuals, but that doesn’t mean it’s always been easy. We’re up against a lot and, because of this, many of us suffer from addictions.

How Mindfulness Can Improve LGBT Seniors’ Physical, Mental Well-Being

LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care Pausing to be in the moment through mindfulness meditation can have powerful effects on both an individual’s physical health and their mental well-being. LGBT elders will have the opportunity to learn about mindfulness at an upcoming Lunch & Learn event presented by Paul Lotz and Stephanie Saunders of Chase Brexton Health Care, on Thursday, September 14th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore).

School Tips for Gender-Expansive Youth

A new school year often means new challenges for gender-expansive youth, especially those who are about to start at a new school, or who are expressing their gender differently than when classes ended the year before. Students often question where they can turn for help at their school, and what outside resources are available.