"This speaks to a concerning trend where banks are empowered to grant access to funds, to credit, to loans, based on their political values. As financial institutions are the realm of the privileged and the conservative, this doesn’t bode well for sex workers past and current, for immigrants, for people of color, or for trans people."
Unfortunately, the trans* community faces three major obstacles to living a normal life in America: identity documentation, gender-segregated institutions, and access to health care. And I’ve only just jumped through the first one of these hurdles.
In our current society it’s the most banal things, such as showing an ID card, going to the bathroom, or receiving trans-related health care, that keep us from having the means to live better, more productive, and safer lives. Unfortunately, there are many laws and procedures that often don’t consider trans* people, or even outright prevent them from doing the sort of simple, day-to-day things that others take for granted.
The physical, social and mental health effects of being bullied as a child are still evident 40 years later, according to a new study out of London.
The new findings from the British National Child Development Study come from more than 7,700 children whose parents provided information about their exposure to bullying at age 7 and 11. Researchers followed up with the children-turned-adults until they were 50 and found the harmful effects of bullying never totally went away.
In childhood, 28 percent of children in the study had been bullied occasionally, and 15 percent bullied frequently — rates similar to those seen in the U.K. today. Compared to peers who had not been bullied, those who’d been bullied in childhood were more likely to have poor physical and psychological health, lower educational levels, higher levels of unemployment, and less general satisfaction with life. They often lacked a social support system. Those who’d been bullied frequently had increased risk of depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal thoughts.
“We need to move away from any perception that bullying is just an inevitable part of growing up,” said senior author Louise Arsenault, a professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, in a press release. “Teachers, parents, and policy-makers should be aware that what happens in the school playground can have long-term repercussions for children. Programs to stop bullying are extremely important, but we also need to focus our efforts on early intervention to prevent potential problems persisting into adolescence and adulthood.”
While the study didn’t specifically look at the experiences of LGBT youth, we can pretty confidently say the results will hold true for them, especially considering the higher marginalization and stigmatization LGBT folks will have to put up with in society even after they’re out of school. Alright, everyone. Time to step up and put an end to this.
We’re already halfway through 2013 and the world continues to wake up to the fact that we are not alone in the universe. This year alone we’ve seen a tremendous step forward regarding UFO disclosure. In early May, researchers, activists, political leaders and high ranking military/agency personnel from around the world testified to the reality […]
Yet another medical journal has confirmed that legal marriage equality improves life for LGBT people in many ways - including physical and mental health.
According to an article published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, there are multiple ways same-sex marriage can be good for us. A huge one is access to a spouse’s health care benefits, often only available after marriage. Previous studies have also found that the stigma and discrimination that result from anti-gay laws have negative health effects, and LGBT folks become noticeably healthier when laws are inclusive.
The Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report about LGBT health indicated that LGBT people suffer greater “physical and mental health outcomes” than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts, primarily because of being a part of “a stigmatized minority group.” Because of this, access to health care is all the more imperative.
"LGBT people living in states that ban same-sex marriage, for instance," the Journal article reads, “are more likely than their counterparts in other states to report symptoms of depression, anxiety, and alcohol use disorder.”
Once again, virtually none of this information is surprising, but it’s useful to know as we continue arguing for marriage equality and other LGBT-inclusive laws, and all of the ways they can help us.
1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh.
2. Define your top 3. Every morning ask yourself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” Prioritizes your day accordingly and don’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete.
3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend your 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water.
4. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress.
5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness. Each morning, think of at least five things you’re thankful for. In times of stress, pause and reflect on these things.
6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Asks yourself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?”
WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren’s new book isn’t just a memoir — it’s a full-throated endorsement of modern, populist liberalism and a scathing indictment of anti-government “magical thinking” by the tea party.
At its core, Orphan Black is a classic sci-fi thriller. But unlike a lot of classic sci-fi, almost all of its primary characters are all women. They’re actually all sort-of the same woman: Tatiana Maslany plays a series of 10 clones. As the plot tensely unfolds, the show explores the grey…