LGBT Wellness Roundup For The Week Ending June 5

06/08/2015 08:48 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, 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 Public Health Celebrations Of Pride Month
    Courtesy of CDC
    It’s officially Pride Month! (The President signed a proclamation and everything). In the health world this means the North Carolina tobacco “quitline ladies” are preparing to be in every Pride in the state and the Ohio Tobacco Quitline is sponsoring Columbus Pride. Also, kudos to CDC for coming out with a special Pride health reminder.
  • 2 What Makes Trans Folks At Risk For Healthcare Discrimination
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    Recently, researchers looked at what makes an FTM trans individual at higher risk for health care discrimination. The good news? Being wealthier or over 45 years old decreased risk of health care discrimination. The bad news? Almost everything else increased it -- identifying as queer, being a minority and transitioning, among other things. Cue the big sigh.
  • 3 Bisexual Men At Risk For HIV, Other Problems
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    Bad news for bi men: a recent study looked at psychological vulnerability, like substance abuse and mental health concerns and HIV risk-taking. Bi men were the most likely to be depressed, suicidal, incarcerated, or have substance abuse problems. Also, bi men in relationships with women were more likely to be HIV+. The findings are depressing, but we love researchers looking at the bi community rather than ignoring it. More, please!
  • 4 Announcing First Ever LGBT Of Color Mental Health Conference
    We’re so pleased to see the announcement of this first-ever conference. If you’re experienced in this area, please put in an abstract to help make sure this conference is amazing!
  • 5 Young, Gay Men of Color: Okay with PrEP and RMs!
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    Good news! A new study looking at attitudes towards HIV-prevention methods found that gay men of color were on-board with using pre-exposure prophalactics (PrEP) and rectal microbicides (RMs) to prevent HIV infection. They were a bit fuzzy on how PrEP or RMs worked but, overall, they were open to using them.
  • 6 Trans Health: Are You Covered?
    Now, we know none of us likes wading through health insurance policies, but it’s a necessary evil. Lucky for us, the good people at Cheat Sheet (with some help from HRC) have put together a, well, cheat sheet of trans-friendly health insurance. Check it out!
  • 7 Call Her Caitlyn? Call Us Fans!
    If you haven’t heard (we doubt it), Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, has officially introduced herself to the world. Globally, there’s been a cascade of congratulations. The outpouring of love for Jenner is a victory to be sure, but it’s unusual. Anti-trans discrimination is still legal and 81.5% of med school students show some level of anti-LGBT bias. Still, just for now forgive us while we fawn all over Caitlyn. Her happy story is the highlight of the week!
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