Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with bloggers Liz Margolies and Scout, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced
that beginning in 2015, insurance companies that provide coverage to opposite-sex spouses must also offer coverage to same-sex spouses regardless of whether their state recognizes their marriage. Dr. Matthew Heinz, from HHS, says that this new policy will “...further enhance access to healthcare for all Americans, including those with same-sex spouses."
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The Palm Center released a report
this week which found no medical rationale for banning trans service-members. The widely covered
report, led by former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders and Rear Admiral Alan Steinman, found that eliminating the ban would also advance a number of military interests.
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Intimate partner violence in gay male couples is often concealed out of shame and a belief that they should “take it like a man.” This study
exposes the beliefs about masculinity that harm gay men and limit the resources available to help victims of gay domestic violence.
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A trio of resources came out this week on LGBT senior services. The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center published an academic article
outlining their extensive service delivery model and SAGE partnered with other groups to release both a ten-state study
of housing barriers as well as a needs assessment
of Hispanic elders.
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Caitlin Ryan, director of the Family Acceptance Project, is working with religious leaders in Utah to create programs
to stop suicide and homelessness in LGBT Mormon youth. Meanwhile, NYC Department of Education released guidelines
to meet the needs of transgender students. Also see a new review
of research on how stressful childhood experiences contribute to adverse health outcomes for sexual minority individuals.
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We’re delighted to see a series of too-rare trans clinical studies come out. Read a review
of breast development in trans women and a surgery outcomes article
on the effect of hormones on the brain. Top it all off with the news
that hormones don’t significantly increase FtM cardiovascular risk but MtF should probably stay away from oral Estrogens for best heart health.
As we continue Bisexual Health Awareness Month our own Huffington Post Live interviewed leaders about the little-known fact that bisexual health disparities are greater than for lesbians or gays.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first confirmed case of lesbian transmission of HIV was reported
in Houston. While exceedingly rare and more fascinating than important from a risk perspective, this story is notable because lesbian sex was discussed on the front page
of the New York Times. Federal health officials have advised all couples in which one partner is infected to take precautions.