Obamacare and LGBT Health, Kathleen Sebelius (VIDEO)

Throughout the administration, we operate on the fundamental belief that every American deserves equal opportunity, equal protection, and equal rights under the law. That’s why the Affordable Care Act is so important for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The health care law prevents health insurance companies from charging anyone a higher premium just because they happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. It also prevents insurers from raising rates or … [Read more...]

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is held on 17 May every year. On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases. Following the international movement to commemorate the date every year as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a number of organizations in the UN have been marking 17 May with special events and awareness-raising campaigns. “My grades fell dramatically. I … [Read more...]

Aids.gov, What Does Two-Spirit Mean?

March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness of the terrible toll that HIV/AIDS continues to take on Native American populations. HIV/AIDS is a crisis that affects many American Indians and Alaska Natives, but particularly Two-Spirit individuals, who often experience stigma and discrimination in both Native and mainstream society. What Does Two-Spirit Mean? The term “Two-Spirit” has several meanings within Native cultures and communities, but it is … [Read more...]

Russian Duma urged to Take Action scrapping Bill on “homosexuality propaganda”

United Nations human rights experts on Friday called on the Russian Parliament, the Duma, to discard a draft bill that could compromise the rights of the LGBT community. The experts on freedom of expression, human rights defenders, cultural rights and the right to health warned that the bill may undermine the enjoyment and promotion of human rights in Russia, unjustifiably singling out the LGBT community –lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people — who have increasingly become … [Read more...]

Is our world struggling to identify Gender Roles?

Is our world struggling to identify Gender Roles? A gender role is a set of social and behavioral norms that are generally considered appropriate for either a man or a woman in a social or interpersonal relationship. Gender roles vary widely between cultures and even in the same cultural tradition have differed over time and context. There are differences of opinion as to which observed differences in behavior and personality between genders are entirely due to innate personality of … [Read more...]

HONESTY in ‘All our Affairs’.

Primary Key in Life is HONESTY, in 'all' our Affairs As the Women of our World are brave souls, with the 'courage of lions and the hearts of lambs', never fear the Truth, as it is the only facet in this life that will Set You Free! As painful as the Journey to Truth may be at times; the end result is always Worth the Journey.   The 32 emotional signs your partner is having an affair comes from  180 Telltale Signs Mates Are Cheating and How to Catch Them. Top 12 … [Read more...]

Sharon Love, M.Ed. (Psychology), CEO – WOMAN of ACTION™

A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of yet another trail blazer inside the Women of our World. This Powerhouse has managed to raise over 1,000,000 interested souls in her mission through the tools of social media, single handedly. Her Mission in this Lifetime works for the basic rights of life -  human rights, civil rights, sexual rights, life rights. A true pioneer in the Gay Communities, this WOMAN of ACTION™ speaks for herself below. WOMAN of ACTION™ … [Read more...]

Hillary Rodham Clinton – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC   May 17, 2011   In every part of the world, men and women are persecuted and attacked because of who they are or whom they love. Homophobia, transphobia and the brutal hostility associated with them are often rooted in a lack of understanding of what it actually means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). So to combat this terrible scourge and break … [Read more...]

The International Day Against Homophobia – May 17, 2011

International Day Against Homophobia May 17 marks the 8th International Day Against Homophobia . As a gay man, this day allows me to reflect on the effect of homophobia and the way it intersects with HIV/AIDS. I want to remember that the impact of homophobia can lead to HIV risk-taking behaviors. Homophobia may keep people from getting information about HIV, and it may keep them from getting tested, or seeking the treatment and support services they need. I want to remember David … [Read more...]

Uganda – Death Penalty for GAYS: Emma Ruby-Sachs

In 48 hours, Uganda could pass a law that imposes the death penalty for homosexuality. An international outcry shelved this bill last year -- we urgently need to ramp up the pressure to press President Museveni to stand up for human rights and stop this brutal law. Sign below, and tell everyone: In 48 hours, the Ugandan Parliament may vote on a brutal new law that carries the death penalty for homosexuality. Thousands of Ugandans could face execution -- just for being gay.We've helped stop … [Read more...]

NHAS: Federal Leads Continue Collaborative Efforts

Federal Leads Continue Collaborative Efforts On Monday, April 4, 2011, representatives from the six Federal agencies designated by the President as lead agencies with responsibility for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) met to continue our collaborative efforts to implement the Strategy. The primary focus of the meeting was the continued exploration of the impact of homelessness and housing insecurity on HIV/AIDS outcomes with a focus on how to better coordinate … [Read more...]

Kathleen Sebelius: Studying and Promoting LGBT Health

  Studying and Promoting LGBT Health     Last week, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released an important new report about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 276-page report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, is the result of an 18-month study by a panel of experts commissioned by the IOM at the request of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH asked the panel to evaluate … [Read more...]

SAMHSA, Behavioral Health – National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Part I)

  Behavioral Health and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Part I)   As the recently appointed Federal inter-agency liaison for HIV/AIDS at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), I am pleased to join the discussion here on the AIDS.gov blog about how the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) is being implemented across the Federal government. In support of the NHAS, SAMHSA is engaged in a variety of activities that address the behavioral health needs of people at high … [Read more...]

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a Prevention Tool for MSM

  NIAID HIV Research     Using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a Prevention Tool for MSM: The Promise Comes with Challenges   On Saturday, February 26th, I attended a day-long meeting organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and hosted by the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston. The theme of the meeting was “Moving forward with PrEP Implementation.” Meeting participants included researchers involved in the original iPrEX study and other ongoing HIV … [Read more...]

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