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Building Better Mental Health

Building Better Mental Health

Your mental health influences how you think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships. Whether you’re looking to cope with a specific mental health problem, handle your emotions better, or simply to feel more positive and energetic, there are plenty of ways to take control of […]

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Mental Health Basics

Mental Health Basics

What is mental illness? Mental illnesses are conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Such conditions may be occasional or long-lasting (chronic) and affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day. What is mental health? Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. […]

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Just how gay is Seattle?

Just how gay is Seattle?

This article originally posted October 7, 2012 by Gene Balk at http://blogs.seattletimes.com/fyi-guy/2012/10/07/just-how-gay-is-seattle/ The battle is heating up over Referendum 74, which will ask voters to decide if the new law allowing same-sex marriage in Washington should be upheld.  The people who will be most immediately affected by the outcome of this vote, naturally, are gay men and lesbians. So just how many people would that be here in Washington and […]

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An epidemic of loneliness

An epidemic of loneliness

This article originally posted January 6th, 2019 by The Week Staff at https://theweek.com/articles-amp/815518/epidemic-loneliness Nearly half of all Americans today say they are lonely. Why is that so, and what are the consequences? Here’s everything you need to know: How is loneliness defined? Loneliness isn’t determined by the actual number of friends or social contacts a person has. Social science researchers define loneliness as the emotional state […]

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3 Differences Between the Terms ‘Gay’ and ‘Queer’ — and Why It Matters

3 Differences Between the Terms ‘Gay’ and ‘Queer’ — and Why It Matters

Originally posted March 1, 2016 by Hari Ziyad at https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/03/difference-between-gay-queer/ For a while, I thought I was gay. And maybe I was for some of that time – there’s nothing wrong with being gay. But I’m definitely not now. I thought I was gay because I thought I was a man, and I thought I was only and always attracted to other men. I don’t know what gender I am anymore, if […]

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Most LGBTQ People are Cyberbullied. Here’s How to Stay Safe Online

Most LGBTQ People are Cyberbullied. Here’s How to Stay Safe Online

Originally posted by Sarah Turner at https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/lgbtq-guide-online-safety/  We at vpnMentor conducted a survey in which we asked 695 LGBTQ+ people worldwide about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The results – referenced throughout this article – illuminated the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Here are some of our key findings:+ 73% of all respondents in all categories of gender identity and sexual orientation […]

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Black, Gray and Gay: The Perils of Aging LGBTQ People of Color

Black, Gray and Gay: The Perils of Aging LGBTQ People of Color

Cecelia Hayden Smith, 72, knows exactly how she wants to live out the remainder of her golden years: lounging lazily on the porch of a cozy house tucked along a quiet, treelined street in Washington, D.C. She’d greet her partner each morning with a homemade country breakfast, and their afternoons and evenings would be filled with lively games of Spades and Bid Whist with a […]

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Seattle LGBTQ Organizations and Periodicals Timeline

Seattle LGBTQ Organizations and Periodicals Timeline

Here are brief descriptions of many of Seattle’s LGBTQ civil rights organizations, listed according to the decade of their founding. Kevin McKenna is author and section coordinator. 1960s: The Dorian Society Freedom Socialist Party Queen City Business Guild Radical Women Seattle Counseling Services for Sexual Minorities 1970s: Citizens to Retain Fair Employment Gay Community Center Gay Women’s Alliance Ingersoll Gender Center Lesbian Mothers National Defense […]

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HIV and Older Adults

HIV and Older Adults

Key Points According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, an estimated 45% of Americans living with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older. Many HIV risk factors are the same for adults of any age, but older people are less likely to get tested for HIV. Treatment with HIV medicines (called antiretroviral therapy or ART) is recommended for everyone with HIV. Life-long […]

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What men can gain from therapy

What men can gain from therapy

Speaking for my gender, there are two qualities that define most men: we seldom like to ask for help, and we do not like to talk about our feelings. Combining the two — asking for help about our feelings — is the ultimate affront to many men’s masculinity. We like to think of ourselves as strong, problem-solver types. But when it comes to emotional and […]

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