Huffpost Gay Voices

LGBT Wellness Roundup: March 21, 2014

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • 1
    Married Gay Couples Soon Covered Under Obamacare Family Plans
    Elea Dumas via Getty Images
    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."
  • 2
    No Medical Rationale for Banning Trans from Military
    Shutterstock / Jami Garrison
    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.
  • 3
    New Study on Violence in Gay Men’s Relationships
    Shutterstock / Odua Images
    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.
  • 4
    Exploring How to Provide LGBT Senior Services
    Shutterstock / auremar
    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.
  • 5
    Protecting LGBT Youth from Utah to New York
    Shutterstock / fasphotographic
    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.
  • 6
    MtF Should Probably Stay Away from Oral Estrogens for Heart Health
    Shutterstock / Arman Zhenikeyev
    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 or one 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.
  • 7
    Bisexuals Face the Greatest Health Disparities
    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.
  • 8
    First Confirmed Case of Lesbian HIV Transmission
    Shutterstock / leolintang
    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.

Around the Web

CODAC LGBT Community Health Center Opens this Summer

LGBT health report: Inland Empire men fare better than women

HEALTH: Riverside County report on LGBT health

LGBT Health Disparities Persist, But Nurses Can Help

Surgeon general report finds smoking a significant LGBT health disparity

LGBT victims of domestic abuse are rarely catered for – or acknowledged

LGBT Community Hold Annual Health Event

LGBT Community Hold Annual Health Event