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06/16/2014 03:02 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

LGBT Wellness Roundup: June 13

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 Gay Conversion Therapy: Why are we still talking about this?!
    CNN
    Despite the stigmatization of the LGBT community & deaths caused by Conversion Therapy, legislators are still discussing it. Citing religious freedom, and comparing same-sex attraction to alcoholism, Republicans are rebranding their platform and endorsing conversion therapy. D.C. is taking it’s first steps towards prohibiting the controversial practice, following several states to have done so.
  • 2 Putting the HEALTH in PRIDE MONTH
    Daniele Carotenuto Photography via Getty Images
    Many organizations, including BET and Planned Parenthood, are using pride month as a platform to talk about important issues in LGBT health- including access to care, intersectionality and reproductive rights.
  • 3 WHY WE FORGET OUR HIV MEDS
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    Mental health and substance abuse have been related to HIV positive people forgetting to take their medications, this review from Harvard and Fenway researchers highlights specific substances (alcohol and crystal meth) and mental health issues (depression, trauma, and body image) that are most closely related to forgetting meds!
  • 4 TRANS HEALTH: a big week; a big year.
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    This week the AMA said surgery shouldn’t be required for Trans peoples' birth certificate gender changes, the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference is currently under way and a new book is being published where Trans men discuss what being a man means. This year has had many positive developments to improve trans health!
  • 5 BI* RIGHTEOUS RAGE
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    BECAUSE, the annual conference of the Bisexual Organizing Project, took place this week in Minneapolis, MN. Twenty years after their first meeting, the needs of this community have barely shifted. Bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer and unlabed (bi*) people continue to participate in the LGBT movement, but too often feel left out of the conversation. According to the 2013 Minnesota Student Survey, Bi* people show higher health disparities, and bi* youth have the highest rates for tobacco and alcohol use, as well as the highest rates for mental health issues of all LGBT subpopulations.

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