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Daniel Holtzclaw, James Deen and War Machine: Sexual Assault Within and Against Marginalized Communities

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.02.2016 | Women
Katherine Koster

Now is a powerful moment of mainstream media attention to sexual assault of victims that often get ignored -- because they're sex workers, because they're promiscuous, because they drank, because they are black, because they are poor, or because they have criminal convictions.

Why Equating Mental Illness With Violence Harms Us All

Rep. Paul Tonko | Posted 12.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Rep. Paul Tonko

We are better than this. We need to make advancements on mental health issues in this country, but in so doing, we cannot advance a harmful and false understanding of these disorders.

To End AIDS, We Must End Stigma Against HIV First

Kent Messer | Posted 11.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Kent Messer

Breakthroughs in scientific medical research have prompted AIDS activists and politicians to envision "an AIDS-free generation." UNAIDS has begun a countdown to zero: "no new HIV infections, no discrimination, and no new AIDS deaths."

An Open Letter to My Depression: 4 Ways I Defeat You Every Day

Liv Raimonde | Posted 11.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Liv Raimonde

You may always be a part of my life. I will give you that. But you will never define me. You do not make me who I am. I will have good days and I will have bad days but that is okay, because no matter what I will wake up every day and value the beauty of life that you shielded from my view for so long.

5 Lies Ruining Your Mental Health

Amy Morin | Posted 11.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Despite ongoing efforts to educate the public about mental health, many misconceptions remain. Before the stigma can be stopped, these five mental health myths need to be debunked:

8 Things I Wish My Straight Girl Friends Knew About My Bisexuality

Amy Salz | Posted 11.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Amy Salz

I feel like my straight friends don't really understand what I mean when I tell them I'm bisexual. For the record, I wanted to spell it all out. Yes, I am bisexual. No, I'm not just going through a phase, and I'm not confused.

5 Ways to Stay Strong: How Charlie Sheen's Disclosure Affects People Living With HIV/AIDS

David Fawcett | Posted 11.20.2016 | Queer Voices
David Fawcett

We have a far greater understanding of the science of HIV, as well as effective prevention tools and powerful medications. Despite these advances, for someone living with HIV fear, shame and stigma are far more lethal than the virus.

The Internet Didn't Give a Damn About HIV Patients This Week. Daraprim, Who?

Josh Robbins | Posted 11.18.2016 | HuffPost Home
Josh Robbins

To the internet: Nobody deserves HIV. Nobody deserves feeling stigmatized. And if you participated in this parade of stigma -- shame on you, a-holes!

The Internet Didn't Give A Damn About HIV Patients This Week

Josh Robbins | Posted 11.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Josh Robbins

If this is what it is like in 2015 to come out of the closet as living with HIV, and this is the best we can expect from the Internet, I question why many don't understand if HIV stigma still exists. To the Internet: Nobody deserves HIV. Nobody deserves feeling stigmatized.

The Stigma Ends Now

Bonnie J. Addario | Posted 11.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Bonnie J. Addario

It is time to stop the stigma and realign the way we think about this disease. Lung cancer is a public health problem that needs to be addressed, regardless of how it came about. We need to take care of those who are sick and stop blaming patients for their condition.

Diabetes Is Carrying On

Kylah Goodfellow Klinge | Posted 11.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Kylah Goodfellow Klinge

Diabetes is contorting yourself for real estate, on your skin, where there aren't scars, for needles. Diabetes is wondering how fast you can get your blood sugar to come up before a meeting or an interview or an anything important.

Most Americans Are Getting Help -- and That's a Good Thing

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.05.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When we think of people on government assistance, we often conjure pictures of people living in our poorest neighborhoods. The truth is that most of us will get help at some point in our lives. That help is not charity; it is an investment in a healthy society.

No Room For Friendly Fire

Joel Goldman | Posted 10.28.2016 | Impact
Joel Goldman

None of us have the same story and path. There will never be one face of HIV, but the more of us who come out HIV+, the more understanding there will be. To see the transformation we want, it's vital to bring HIV back into the public conversation.

It's Hard to Hate Up Close: Recovery Advocacy in North Carolina

Tim Rabolt | Posted 10.28.2016 | Impact
Tim Rabolt

We need more recovery advocates like Christopher Campau. As a student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, he's been in recovery from a substance use disorder since May of 2006. He continues to share his story publicly in a manner that includes emotions, honesty, and a call to action.

How Do I Know if I Need Mental Health Services?

John Tsilimparis | Posted 10.28.2016 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

If you have ever wondered if mental health services are right for you and have been reluctant to reach out for a consultation, here's a quick referenc...

5 Reasons Why I Never Want to Pass As Straight Again

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

Since my coworkers only knew me as a happily married man, they'd erroneously assumed I was straight. For my part, I didn't think my sexual orientation was my colleagues' business, so I didn't bring it up. In short, for years, I never publicly challenged my straight persona.

Changing the Face of Mental Illness -- Thank You, Sarah Silverman!

John Tsilimparis | Posted 10.23.2016 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

A celebrity or public figure, especially a likable one, coming forward as Sarah Silverman did, and countless others in the recent past, boosts the destigmatization movement in altering people's view of mental health issues.

10 Tips for Fighting Stigmatizing and Defamatory Comments Online

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

Recently, however, I had an experience that made me question where we draw the line between freedom of speech and defamation--and what recourse there is for those who believe they've been defamed. Here's what happened.

Mentally Ill: The 5 Really Real Reasons Your Friend Can't Talk to You

Molly Farney | Posted 10.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Molly Farney

Mental illnesses are as colorful as they are dark and as deep as those uneducated about them seem shallow. Too often, they remain faceless, minimized, stereotyped, and overwhelming.

Latinos and HIV: Breaking the Silence and Shame

David Ernesto Munar | Posted 10.14.2016 | Latino Voices
David Ernesto Munar

The numbers speak for themselves: despite recent advances in HIV treatment and prevention, the Latino community as a whole is suffering a spike in HIV infections.

The Purple Bough: A Bisexual's View of an Interfaith Conference

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

I listened to one after another speak sincerely about helping those most vulnerable. And instead of feeling more out of place, I came to understand why Kimberly had invited exactly this mix of people to this discussion.

We All Have Secrets. Mine, I Pull Out My Hair

Sandy Rosenblatt | Posted 09.30.2016 | Women
Sandy Rosenblatt

Statistics show that 2 in 50 Americans have a BFRB. However, the real number may be much higher. Many people are too embarrassed or ashamed to admit they have a BFRB and go to great lengths to hide their behavior from family, friends, and medical professionals.

The Faith I've Seen in Washington D.C.

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

It was after the meeting, back out in the real world, when I saw Faith take our message of bisexual visibility and respect and turn it into a love chant that could drown out even the most vocal of detractors.

How Childhood Bullying Led Me to Volunteer in a Leprosy Colony in India

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 09.30.2016 | Impact
M. Shannon Hernandez

If you've been through that awkward phase in life know as adolescence, you've most likely felt isolated at one time or another. I had a miserable time most of my high school years.

37 Million Scarlet Letters (or, Why I Celebrate Being Bisexual)

Kevin Hogan | Posted 09.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

Though lust, fantasies and fetishes are all intensely human, we tend to keep that part of our lives hidden from public view. Because we know all too well that if our community uncovers our sexual secrets, our credibility in other matters is at stake.