iStayHealthy is a free app available on iPhone, iPad, Android and Amazon for people living with HIV/AIDS. The app was created by Peter Schmidt and is supported by POZ.
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Come spend your Sunday at New Amsterdam Market. Sunday the 18th is the last day of the market until next spring. Come enjoy local and artisan goods, gifts, and goodies. It’s a blast I swear, and Healthy Homo approved.Hope to see you there.
New Amsterdam Market is held from 11am to 4pm on Sundays, at the old Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan which is located on South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip.
Mission New Amsterdam Market is a reinvention of the Public Market, once a prevalent institution in the City of New York. Revived for our present times and needs, New Amsterdam Market will incubate a new and growing economic sector: small businesses such as butchers, grocers, mongers, and other vendors who source, produce, distribute, and sell foods made with regional ingredients as well as carefully selected imports. We are also reintroducing and developing the concept of market fare prepared with regional, seasonal ingredients.
Our vision is to revive the historic Fulton Fish Market, a priceless public legacy that is owned by the people of New York and whose two market sheds have remained empty and unused since 2005. By bringing residents back to the Seaport, we are reviving the East River Market District —a rare fragment of our city’s first port and oldest commercial neighborhood— as a thriving, public destination for all New Yorkers.
New Amsterdam Market is currently held in the parking lot fronting the Fulton Fish Market New Market Building. This landmarked structure is the last riverfront market house built in the City of New York and was dedicated for public use by Mayor LaGuardia in 1939. The adjacent Tin Building has marked the site of the original Fulton Fish Market since 1831. Public markets have been held in this District since 1642.
Letters from Men Who Go To Strip Clubs is an online project that launched on October 26, 2011. It was created by journalist and blogger Susannah Breslin, and consists of anonymous letters submitted by men who share their stories and experiences with visiting strip clubs.
This is a really interesting project because it provides another perspective from individuals involved in sex work - the consumers. This site provides clients with an outlet to share their voices without fear of shame or stigma, thus allowing insight into the human experience.
“Unfortunately, this [appearance] is one of the hallmarks of gay culture. The better one’s perceived appearance, the more attention, recognition and sexual partners one will obtain. Gay men quickly learn the importance of their own appearance in obtaining the desired attention and acceptance.”—Eating Disorders In Gay Men - The Current Issues
The other day, my friend invited me to yoga at Yoga Vida on University. They have this deal where if you’re a first time student, you get one week of unlimited classes for $10, and after that, if you’re a student, all classes are only $5. I took a break from reality to ponder what it would be like to live in a world where yoga was either free or way cheap and where I could expand my heart and my love for hard wood floors. In that moment I also took a vow to myself. “Today, I will find the cheapest yoga studios in New York.” And that’s what I did!
Below is a list of studios that I have compiled so far. They are arranged by borough, and then by studio – location – style/characteristic – and fee.
If you happen to know of any studio that I should add to this list would you mind shooting me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org? Because that would be awesome, and in your one act of kindness you could be promoting health for one more homo.
See you next week!
——————————-Yoga $12 and under———————————————
Dharma East – Chelsea – Vinyasa Inspired – Donation based
Om Yoga – Greenwich Village – Buddhist inspired vinyasa – classes $10 for students
Sonic Yoga – Hell’s Kitchen – Vinyasa – Community classes donation based
Three Jewels – East Vilalge – Tibetan Heart Yoga - $12 suggested donation
Yoga High – LES – Hatha Vinyasa – community Classes $8
Yoga to the people – East Village/St. Marks – Power Vinyasa Flow - $10 suggested donation
Yoga Vida – Greenwhich Village – Vinyasa Flow, ashtanga – All classes $5 for students
Abaya – Williamsburg – anusara – donation based community class
Brooklyn yoga school – park slope – classical yoga – donation based
Hosh yoga – greenpoint – karma yoga – donation based
Move With Grace – Clinton Hill – Vinyasa, iyengar, power - $10 community classes
Namaste Yoga & tranquility Center – Williamsburg – ashtanga, vinyasa - $10 community classes daily. Normal classes $12 for students.
Shambahala yoga & Dance Center – Prospect Hights – Intimate, non-competitive, family oriented vinyasas, hatha, iyengar, restorative – 60min classes for $10. Seniors $5. Community classes $8 or donation based.
Thrid Root Community Health Center – Flatbush – LGBTQ, People of color – Donation Based
How well are medical schools preparing the next generation of doctors to care for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender patients? Not too well, it seems.
In a survey of medical school deans in the U.S. and Canada, a group of researchers found that the median number of teaching hours dedicated to LGBT content during an a four-year medical education was just five hours. While the researchers said there was a lot of variation between schools, they noted that five hours as a median was “small.”
Their results were published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association in a special issue on medical education.
This gap in medical education reflects a larger problem medical care for LGBT people, the researchers say. While LGBT people face the same general health risks as the rest of the population, they also may have specific health care needs relating to mental health, gender identity, sexually transmitted diseases, and other issues. Earlier this year, the Institute of Medicine noted in a report on the health of LGBT Americans that they “face a profound and poorly understood set of additional health risks due largely to social stigma.”
"Our understanding of LGBT health issues is poor," Juno Obedin-Maliver, lead author of the JAMA study and a resident physician in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, tells Shots. “We don’t ask patients about it and we don’t perform research on it. We know little bits about some populations in certain settings, but it remains a hidden population and therefore a hidden health demographic.”
And while 32 percent of the 132 deans who responded to Obedin-Maliver’s questionnaire said they thought the quality of their LGBT content was very good, about 44 percent said it was fair and 34 percent said it was very poor.
"That speaks to their recognition that they’re not doing as well as they could be," Obedin-Maliver says.
But one thing nearly all med students are learning is to ask patients about sexual activity. Some 97 percent of the deans surveyed reported that their institution teaches medical students to ask patients if they have sex with men, women, or both when doing a sexual history. Obedin-Maliver says she was surprised to learn it was so high.
But she notes they also need to differentiate between behavior and identity; for example, men who have sex with men but identify as straight. “It’s actually behavior — not identity — which describes health risks,” she says. “Both are important to know in terms of taking care of patients.”
Sex Educator Jamye Waxman, M.Ed and History and Women’s Studies Professor Hugo Schwyzer, PhD are conducting a short, anonymous survey on online pornography and its impact on women’s masturbation habits.
The survey will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete, and will be the initial part of…
[Wellness Wednesdays] Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup
So the only thing we at Healthy Homos love more than our friend Jen over at Enjoy XO, is our friend Jen’s AWESOME cooking and the way she talks about cooking. She’s like way into and way into posting some mad rad recipes.
AND if any of you know me, you know that I love kale. Particularly dinosaur kale. It has such a beautiful texture and deep colored action going on I can’t help but admire it every time I pass it at the farmers markets.
Well Jen just posted her own recipe and I had to share. Why? Because it sounds awesome and I want to make it all throughout fall/winter. She also left some beautiful words before the recipe that I want to share.
"I have included a recipe for a warming soup to fill you and ground you through this change of season. As always, be gentle with yourself too. Enjoy."
Right? I know, sexy. Anyways, here’s the soup, hope you enjoy, and I’ll see you next Wednesday. =)
Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup
Serves: 6 – 1 cup servings
Preparation Time: 8 hours Cook Time: 1 hour
1 cup dried white beans, (Great Northern or Cannellini)*Soak for at least 8 hours
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 onions, small dice (1½ cup)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 sprig rosemary, minced (1 teaspoon) or 1 heaping teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
3 carrots, small dice (1 pound)
2 stalks of celery, small dice (½ pound)
1 pound kale, remove the stems, coarsely chop
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
Parmesan, grated to taste (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a medium pot, cover the beans with water and soak over night, or at least eight hours. Drain and rinse the beans then return to the pot. Cover with two inches of water, add salt and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. While the beans are cooking, in a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and some salt stirring until the onions look glassy. Add the garlic and rosemary, cook for 3-5 minutes more, being careful not to brown the garlic.
3. Add in the stock, carrots and celery. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add in the beans. Cook for 20 more minutes. The beans should be tender. In the last 10 minutes, add kale.
4. Top with fresh parsley and parmesan and serve with warm crusty bread.
Study Shows Coming Out Makes The World A Better Place?
Possibly. Some researchers at UC Davis looked at how coming out to family and friends affected their heterosexual attitudes. In general it seems that coming out helps to create positive attitudes towards homosexuality which basically makes the world a better place. Basically.
Anyways, to commemorate National Coming Out Day, I thought it would be fitting to post some research on coming out and what it actually means for our community as well as it’s implications for other people trying to come out.
So, without further adieu, Happy National Coming Out Day!
Research by a UC Davis social psychologist indicates that lesbians and gay men who come out of the closet to their heterosexual friends and family members help to create more positive attitudes toward homosexuality.
"Heterosexuals with a gay friend or relative have significantly more favorable attitudes toward lesbians and gay men as a group," said Dr. Gregory Herek, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis and principal investigator for the national opinion survey, published in the April, 1996, issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
With co-author Prof. John Capitanio, Herek reported that simply having personal contact with a lesbian or gay man does not necessarily affect heterosexuals’ feelings about gays and lesbians. Rather, heterosexuals tend to hold favorable attitudes if they know two or more gay people, if those people are close friends or immediate family members, and if there has been open discussion about the friend or relative’s sexual orientation.
Past studies – including a 1993 paper that Herek published with Eric Glunt in The Journal of Sex Research – have shown a relationship between heterosexuals’ attitudes and their contact experiences. The 1996 study, however, is the first to probe the specific conditions under which contact appears to change attitudes.
Open Discussion Is Important “Direct disclosure of one’s homosexuality – talking about it openly – appears to play an important role in changing attitudes,” said Herek. By directly discussing her or his sexual orientation, Herek suggested, a lesbian or gay man can help a heterosexual loved one to reach a better understanding of homosexuality and what it means to be gay. She or he can answer questions and break down stereotypes.
At the same time, open discussion can preserve and even strengthen the relationship.
"Coming out is a highly intimate disclosure," noted Herek. In many situations, he said, revealing such information can strengthen a relationship, provided that gay men and lesbians do it in a sensitive way.
Herek suggested that lesbians and gay men who are preparing to come out to a heterosexual friend or family member think carefully about the best way to break the news.
"When they first recognize their own sexual orientation, most lesbians and gay men need some time to get used to it," noted Herek. The same is true for heterosexual friends or family members, he said.
"For heterosexuals, finding out that a loved one is gay may be a big surprise. It forces them to change their expectations. They need time, information, and understanding."
Cause and Effect Relationship Works Both Ways Herek stressed that the study’s design does not permit a definite conclusion that having contact causes heterosexuals to change their attitudes.
Indeed, the survey indicated that a cause-and-effect relationship between contact and attitudes works in both directions. According to Herek, when lesbians and gay men have a choice, they are more likely to disclose their sexual orientation to members of groups that are generally tolerant of homosexuality. These groups include women, liberals, and the college educated.
But while gay men and lesbians tend to come out to people whom they expect to respond positively, Herek also observed that heterosexuals who have had past contact hold more favorable attitudes regardless of their sex, political beliefs, schooling, or other background characteristics. Moreover, those with contact appear to develop even more favorable attitudes over time, Herek said.
Herek noted that the benefits of coming out were apparent for virtually all the demographic groups that he and Dr. Capitanio examined. “Whether we looked at the attitudes of men, the highly religious, the elderly, or practically any other group, those reporting personal contact expressed more favorable attitudes toward gay people than did those without contact,” said Herek.
"The only group for which the difference between those with and without contact was small," said Herek, "was African American respondents." He explained, however, that many of the Black survey respondents who knew a gay person reported that their contact had been with a distant relative or acquaintance. Those with a close friend who was gay generally had positive feelings toward gay people, which is consistent with the other survey respondents, he said.
Coming Out Is Risky Despite the study’s findings that disclosure promotes attitude change, Herek warned that coming out also carries risks. Many heterosexual Americans hold strongly negative feelings toward homosexuality, he noted.
The study found, for example, that two-thirds of the U.S. public feels that homosexuality is wrong, 60% feel that it is disgusting, and only about one-fourth believe that it is a natural expression of sexuality. These attitudes are strongest among heterosexuals who say that they do not know anyone who is lesbian or gay – about two-thirds of U.S. heterosexual adults, according to Herek.
"Many gay men and lesbians meet with rejection, discrimination, and even violence when they come out," Herek noted. Job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is legal in most states, he said, and antigay hate crimes are common throughout the United States.
Other Findings Among the survey’s other findings were that heterosexuals are twice as likely to know gay men as lesbians, that most heterosexuals reporting contact know two or more gay persons, and that the most common form of contact is with an acquaintance or casual friend. About 4% of the relationships reported were with an immediate family member, such as a child or sibling, according to Herek. About one-fifth were with a close friend, and more than half were with acquaintances.
The survey’s findings are consistent with an established social psychological principle that, under the right conditions, contact between members of majority and minority groups can reduce prejudice against the minority group. This “contact hypothesis” has been used to explain changes in attitudes toward racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, according to Herek. The new study indicates that it applies to heterosexuals’ attitudes toward gay people as well.
The study consisted of two national telephone surveys between 1990 and 1992. 538 adults were interviewed in the first survey, and approximately 70% of them were reinterviewed for the second survey. The margin of error due to sampling is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
For the first time, researchers have shown that HIV can actively reproduce in a cell type other than CD4 cells, according to a new paper published October 6 by the online journal PLoS Pathogens. These findings, the authors explain, may help explain why antiretroviral therapy may not offer complete protection against HIV-associated neurological problems.
According to the paper authored by Ronald Swanstrom, PhD, and his colleagues at the University of North Carolina Center for AIDS Research in Chapel Hill, some people diagnosed with HIV-associated dementia have two genetically distinct HIV types in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the clear fluid found in the spaces around and inside the brain and spinal cord.
It’s pretty important to do your research beforehand and to understand what you’re getting yourself into. It always surprises me and scares me when people blindly sign themselves up for procedures that could not only change their lives but the ways their bodies function all together.
Hudson’s FTM Resource Guide is a pretty comprehensive resource for anyone thinking about making the transition. Don’t let all of the scare you. It’s YOUR body and you need to understand what’s going on. If you have questions or concerns ask your physician to walk through the articles with you and explain them in a language you can understand.
You can’t ignore transgender issues. And in New Jersey, you can’t ignore discriminatory behavior and harassment against transgender employees. That would be illegal under the NJLAD, and could result in costly litigation.
To minimize the possibility of discrimination against transgender employees in your workplace, follow these tips:
Train managers and employees to be sensitive and understanding toward transgender employees.
Allow transgender employees to express their preferred gender identity in the workplace.
Treat leaves of absence for sexual reassignment procedures the same as other scheduled medical procedures.
Dealing with transgender issues presents some unique legal and HR issues. The topic and the presence of people who are sexually “different” can cause great discomfort for some employees.
But that doesn’t mean you can put up with bias or harassment. Remember, there was a time not too long ago when the presence of female, minority, disabled, gay and lesbian employees commonly caused strife in some work settings. Strong anti-discrimination laws and growing social tolerance have at least lessened those problems.
That’s a model for incorporating transgender employees in your workplace. You should simply treat transgender employees with the same fairness, respect and professionalism afforded to other employees.
Kali Lindsey “Denial Gives Way To Action” gives a touching argument for loving ourselves as an alternative way for HIV prevention.
What is it like to live with AIDS today? Have improved treatments changed the outlook of someone with H.I.V.? Does the stigma associated with AIDS still exist? Eight men and women speak about their experiences. (Join the discussion here.) (The New York Times)
Stop Aids is an example of one of the longest running and most carefully evaluated social marketing programs for AIDS prevention in the world. Its initial audience was gay men, but as the epidemic began to expand it reached out to a truly national audience. Its most important difference was to constantly measure not only condom use, but changing attitudes toward the epidemic. Condom use among men between the ages of 17-30 yrs old, for example increased from 8% to almost 50% between ‘87 and ‘90. One product was the condom, but another product was anti-discrimination and later needle exchange. The Swiss were convinced that as long as AIDS was feared, risky sex would remain underground. The price of prevention was lower than the price of high-risk behavior, because the price of prevention no longer included the fear of discovery. In addition to condom promotion and needle exchange being promoted on radio and TV, community groups were organized, a special Hot rubber brand created for gay men, and new distribution points opened throughout the country for condoms and for counseling and testing.
Created by a joint task force of the Swiss AIDS Foundation and the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health, STOP AIDS is the longest running HIV/AIDS prevention program in the world. It was launched in 1987 as a national, multi-media campaign designed to: (1) increase condom use among Switzerland’s general population and targeted risk groups, (2) reduce discrimination against individuals with HIV/AIDS, (3) increase solidarity among those living with HIV/AIDS and with the rest of the population. Through an advertising strategy of persuasive, gradually phased in messages and mainstream imagery, and a system of constant evaluation, the program achieved successful results during the first few, critical years of its operation. The STOP AIDS campaign remains in place as Switzerland’s primary AIDS prevention program, and is one of the hallmark examples of successful social marketing.
The campaign is based on a learning strategy, the aim of which is to reinforce people’s awareness of the risk, to change their behaviour and to encourage them to take effective measures to protect themselves against infection with HIV.
The national Aids prevention campaign has never tried to get its message across with scenarios that transmit fear, threats or horror. The campaign has always sought to draw on scientific facts in order to make a distinction between situations which could potentially lead to infection with HIV and situations which are not associated with a risk. The campaign supports the belief that it is not the task of the state to pass judgement on the sexual practices adopted by individuals, and has avoided mixing public health aspects with moral values.
Overall, the STOP AIDS campaign has been a remarkable success* as shown by a large number of indicators, some of which have been evaluated in the course of scientific studies.(Source: Social Marketing WIKI)
Cochrane Review\\ Behavioral Interventions To Reduce Risk For Sexual Transmission Of HIV Among Men Who Have Sex With Men
Interventions to reduce unprotected sex include individual counseling, social and behavioral support (such as peer education, assertiveness and relationship support, discussing attitudes and beliefs, videos). Small group and community interventions include group counseling or workshops, interventions in community areas, training community leaders, and community-building empowerment activities. The review found that these behavioral interventions can lead to significant risk reduction in MSM.
Continued research is needed to identify which behavioral strategies are most effective in reducing transmission, and which intervention components are most effective in influencing those behaviors. More research is also needed on the most effective strategies for non-white MSM in wealthy countries, as well as for MSM in developing countries.
Health disparities among gay men (HIV, substance use, depression) have been described as a mutually occurring “syndemic” that is socially produced through two overarching dynamics: marginalization and migration. Although the syndemic theory proposes a developmental trajectory, it has been largely based on epidemiological studies of adult gay men and has not been examined using qualitative data from gay male adolescents and emerging adults describing their developmental experience. We conducted interviews with 54 HIV-positive gay and bisexual male adolescents and emerging adults at four sites in the United States. This study provides examples of developmental trajectories that help explain the early onset of socially produced health disparities among some gay male adolescents and emerging adults, but also the development of risk factors that may follow some gay men into adulthood.