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Queer Health: Obamacare and Transgender Health

Apparently I recently lost my abilities to function like an adult and forgot how to read a calendar, and completely missed last Saturday’s scheduled Queer Health post. So, here it is, a little late. And don’t worry, I have since regained my somewhat adult-like mind. Back in July the Department …

CissexismDiscriminationHealth / MedicineLawTransgender

An open letter to Lawrence Harmon

Mr. Harmon, I just read your article, “Judge goes too far in sex change ruling” published in The Boston Globe, and I must say I’m quite disturbed by your complete lack of humanity. Not only does your piece read like a second grader’s essay about unicorns, but it’s so full of …

BullyingHealth / MedicinePsychology

The Enemy Within: Part 1

I’d like to talk about shame. More honestly, I have to. There’s nothing about shame I enjoy discussing, and when the topic comes up in our home, between my partner and myself, it almost always provokes tears, choking up, and casts a pall over whatever happiness we were sharing. This …

Alt Med / QuackeryHealth / MedicinePseudoscienceWoo

Queer Health: The Anti-Vaccination Movement

Around March of last year I was having some neck and back pain. I sat at work whining and complaining, as I’m wont to do, until my girlfriend suggested seeing an upper cervical chiropractor that she and her family had been seeing for a few years.  I took her recommendation …

GayHealth / MedicineHIV / AIDS / STDs

Queer Health: New HIV Preventions

A recent study from the CDC has found that HIV infection among young, urbanite gay men is on the rise. According to the report, researchers gathered data from 1994 to 2008 in 5 different cities across the U.S., showing a rising 16% prevalence of HIV among 23 to 29 year …

GenderHealth / MedicineScience

Sex and Ghosts

Much more will appear in this space about the issues raised in my last piece, ways trans folks can make greater strides in care for ourselves and community, but this random and interesting science story gripped my imagination hard just a few minutes ago and won’t let go. It’s got …

GayHealth / MedicineLesbianTransgender

Queer Health: The Number of LGBT Friendly Hospitals is on the Rise

Last time on Queer Health, Will wrote a nice piece describing his research on the realities of LGBTQ issues in the health care field. In a nicely timed coincidence the Human Rights Campaign just released the results of their 2012 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which seeks to determine how many …

Health / Medicine

Queer Health: Queer Experiences in Medicine

Hello, folks! Benny is taking some much-needed vacation time, so I volunteered to take over this week’s Queer Health column. Of course, I completely forgot that I agreed to this until this afternoon, but better late than never! I am excited to have this opportunity to share a little bit …