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Whether you play sports or not, and regardless of your sexuality, take a few moments to complete this survey. NFL star Michael Sam and other sports standouts urge you to share your story about homophobia in sports at www.outonthefields.com. You can help shine a spotlight on the issue and change sports culture. Thanks for your participation and leave your comments! Continue reading
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In the second part of our enlightening conversation with Joel Readence, CPC, ELI-MP, Life and Executive coach, Joel shares his insight into creating self-worth, freedom from approval seeking and living a happier, more empowered life. Here are some excerpts from this revealing conversation (if you missed it, here’s Part 1): Shout Out Health: So many experts would just use the old cliché to ‘love yourself’. But what does that even mean? It’s really about taking an honest inventory of your life. It's about asking yourself, what's working and what’s not, and where is something missing? Write it down. So many... Continue reading
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Who do you turn to for help in a personal crisis? Do you have a must-see therapist, energy healer or life coach to get you through life’s rough patches? Finding that support can be essential when it comes to leading a happier, healthier and more empowered life, so we asked Joel Readence, CPC, ELI-MP, Life and Executive coach, to tackle some of our questions. Here are some excerpts from that conversation (watch for Part 2 coming soon): ShoutOutHealth: What’s the most common life challenge you see among LGBT people? Fear. It’s fear of failure. Fear of judgment. Fear of success.... Continue reading
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With the perfectly manicured lawns of Wimbledon once again hosting the world's best, it's time to focus on what really matters -- who's the hot favorite for the men's singles title? Our previous--and massively popular -- Grand Slam tennis polls have kept Swiss star Roger Federer atop the hotness heap, but the 7-time Wimbledon champ faces some stiff competition once again. There's current No. 1 and Spanish man of steel Rafa Nadal, sizzling Serb Novak Djokovic, ESPN magazine's naked issue star Thomas Berdych (pictured) and defending champ and everyone's favorite Brit Andy Murray. But don't forget the ever-appealing Jo Willfried... Continue reading
Few things in life offer the restorative, transformational powers of music. And if you've ever felt shamed or traumatized by any form of organized religion, the latest song from the fierce and fabulous Sinead O' Connor (newly coiffed and glammed up and almost unrecognizable) should pack a powerful punch. The song's key lyric goes as follows: Take me to the church, I've done so many bad things that hurts Take me to the church, but not the ones that hurt 'Cause that ain't the truth And that's not what it's worth Can you relate to this song in your own... Continue reading
Be sure to watch as one family transforms a tragedy into an empowering, life-changing mission. Here's the synopsis from the film's Facebook page: On an autumn afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma, gay teen Zack Harrington killed himself with a gunshot to the head. One week earlier, Zack allegedly attended a local city council meeting in support of a proposal for LGBT History Month in his bible-belt town. When the floor was opened up for public comment, some community members made highly controversial statements equating being gay with the spread of diseases such as HIV and AIDS. Against the backdrop of a... Continue reading
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The passions on both sides of the "Truvada whore" debate -- in short, whether PrEP therapy (daily Truvada therapy for HIV negative individuals) is good or bad, right or wrong when it comes to HIV prevention -- continue to simmer. The New York Times recently chimed in on the debate, and high profile gay scribes like Andrew Sullivan and Larry Kramer have butted heads over the issue. But a story posted on impulsegrp.org raises an interesting and perhaps significant question: should the issue of sexual pleasure and desire be taken more seriously when it comes to adopting HIV prevention strategies?... Continue reading
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“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” -- Reinhold Niebuhr Have you ever thought of forgiveness as a healing tool? While it may not be as obvious as a healthy diet and regular workout, practicing regular forgiveness (of yourself and others) can be an immensely powerful means of sculpting a more empowered and happy life. But you might be thinking (or even screaming) to yourself, what's so empowering about forgiveness? Why would anyone forgive their childhood bully, homophobic co-worker or relative, or cheating boyfriend? Isn't that just weakness, if not downright stupid? No less an authority than renowned life coach... Continue reading
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WIth the long-awaited airing of HBO's "The Normal Heart" set for Sunday, May 25, some eye-popping (and very well-timed) headlines have surfaced, pitting the legendary Larry Kramer against none other than perhaps the great est gay icon ever, Barbra Streisand (who held the rights to film the 1985 play for years, but never managed to make a movie version). In short, Kramer accused Babs of finding gay sex "distasteful" while Streisand has vigorously defended herself, saying Kramer "misrepresented my feelings." So whose side are you taking in this very public scuffle? Take our poll and leave your comments! Who's side... Continue reading
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Don't have time to find today's hottest health-related (or just plain inspiring) headlines? Here's what making news as we speak (we opt for the upbeat or amusing, when at all possible). After all, you can find all the bad news on CNN, right?)... Enjoy your day! HORMONE THERAPY: Happy Wednesday! HOT HEADLINE: Testing Shock and Kill ... MUST READ: Medi-Cal increases accessibility of Truvada ... POP CULTURE: In touching letter, Mean Girls actor comes out ... FEEL GOOD: Gay dad takes over YouTube... Continue reading
Q: I'm reading more and more about at home HIV tests, and wondered if they're reliable and also could be used as a means of screening potential sex partners? A: UPDATED: There are currently two types of home HIV testing approved by the FDA: OraQuick and Home Access HIV-1. OraQuick produces results in 20 to 40 minutes and is a saliva test that is 92% sensitive. This sensitivity percentage means that 8% of people who tested negative were actually HIV positive. This still highlights the importance of traditional confirmatory blood testing for all at home testing. Home Access HIV-1, is... Continue reading
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Don't have time to find today's hottest health-related (or just plain inspiring) headlines? Here's what making news as we speak (we opt for the upbeat or amusing, when at all possible). After all, you can find all the bad news on CNN, right?)... Enjoy your day! HORMONE THERAPY: Happy weekend! HOT HEADLINE: LA urges meningitis vaccinations for gay men ... MUST READ: Can Mississippi's pharmacists use 'religious freedom' to deny HIV meds to LGBT paients? Could be ... SAY WHAT? Tom Daley is past his 'bi' phase ... FEEL GOOD: Can't sleep? Try this guided meditation to relax... Continue reading
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Don't have time to find today's hottest health-related (or just plain inspiring) headlines? Here's what making news as we speak (we opt for the upbeat or amusing, when at all possible). After all, you can find all the bad news on CNN, right?)... Enjoy your day! GOOD NEWS: America says 'I do' to gay marriage... NEW RESEARCH: An HIV prevention shot could become a reality... MUST READ: Mark S. King on the Sound of Stigma... SAY WHAT? Discrimination's long-term effects on LGBTI health... FEEL GOOD: Take a break with Pink, and go 'Over the Rainbow' ... Continue reading
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In the weeks heading into the Winter Olympics in Sochi, worldwide outrage over anti-gay laws in Russia dominated the news. Would any athlete, delegate or journalist rise up and create an iconic moment in protest of these draconian laws? Not even close. NBC figure skating commentator Johnny Weir's fabulous fashions aside, the Olympics came and went mostly without incident. Are you surprised or disappointed (or both) by this? Take our poll and let everyone know what you think! Are you disappointed these was no big LGBT protest in Sochi during the Winter Olympics? Continue reading
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Are you ready for some group therapy with Alanis Morisette? Though a sampling of almost any of the 7-time Grammy-winner’s tunes reveal much about her approach to spirituality, healing and self-development, an up-close, in-person session with Alanis (she joined the likes of Deepak Chopra and Neale Donald Walsch for the “Celebrate Your Life” event in Scottsdale, AZ) proved to be fascinating. “Let’s have a dialogue,” began Morissette, draped in all black, every bit the hip rock star/ spiritual Goddess, before inviting us through a series of self awareness/inquiry exercises (“Am I willing to try on new behaviors for my partner?”),... Continue reading
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UPDATED: Thanks to the media explosion over Michael Sam's coming out, there's been an influx of oh-so-predictable homophobic responses generating media attention. But amidst some ugliness, are a stream of snappy retorts and snack downs to those voicing not-so-thinly-veiled resistance to an openly gay man playing in the NFL. Here's the top 5 we've seen thus far (let's add this from a Dallas sportscaster to the top of the list!), so feel free to share them with that loudmouth, anti-gay relative or co-worker in your life. -- This series of Tweets from ex-NFL star Donte Stallworth might be the best... Continue reading
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With the Bonnie Tyler '80s classic running through our heads, we joyfully choose to ingore the haters and lovingly aim the ShoutOutHealth spotlight on one influential, empowering, kick-ass individual, who's publicly speaking out for LGBT equality. And our latest "Hero" is ... This column was created for people like Michael Sam. Ironically, unless you're a big college football fan, you may not have eve n heard of the 6-foot-3, 260-pound senior at The Univeristy of Missouri, until he uttered these historic words to the New York Times: "I'm Michael Sam. I'm a football player and I'm gay." With that, Sam... Continue reading
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Do you have a dating horror story? One of those well-intentioned "looking for love" moments that was so hideous, it actually served as a wake up call, and changed your life? Here, readers share a 'Bad Romance' -- and a hard-won life breakthrough -- with you. "I've had my share of really bad dates," laughs Todd, a self-employed web guy in New York City, "But it was those guys who disappeared after one great date that bugged me the most. One guy I really liked broke our third date by casually mentioning he was busy that night -- moving in... Continue reading
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While critical response to Looking has been lukewarm -- from being lauded to being called downright sexless -- there's still nothing else quite like it on TV (sorry Modern Family). But three episodes in, is Looking finally starting to say anything new about gay people? Does watching an new episode delight, inspire or at least entertain, much the way Sex and the City did in its heyday? In episode 3, Patrick continues his string of romantic missteps, this time managing to hit on his sorta hot new boss (a Brit no less!), who pulls off that "is he or isn't... Continue reading
Q: I've been co-infected with HIV and HCV for several years, and am stable and doing well. However, I've read that highly improved (with less nasty side-effects) treatments are available for Hep C, and am considering my options going forward. Are the treatments really that good and when are they available? A:First of all, here’s a very large pat on the back for maintaining excellent control of both your HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV)! That said, it’s important to remind ANYONE who tests positive for HIV to immediately be tested for HCV, given the similar routes of infection and... Continue reading
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Don't have time to find today's hottest health-related (or just plain inspiring) headlines? Here's what making news as we speak (we opt for the upbeat or amusing, when at all possible). After all, you can find all the bad news on CNN, right?)... Enjoy your day! MUST SEE: Grammys say 'I do' HOT TYPE: LGBT people like to smoke -- a lot. I NEED A HERO: Congregation walks out in support of gay choir director... SAY WHAT? The Mayor of Sochi, Russia says the host city of the WInter Olympics has no gays ... WELL READ: AIDS memoir author looks... Continue reading
Q: I'm so disgusted by this whole Ducky Dynasty/Phil Robertson anti-gay controversy (and let me add Juan Pablo Galavis, The Bachelor, to my list), especially since I have a few relatives who are just like him, and use their religion as an excuse to be anti-gay (I'm a 20-something gay man). How should one deal with haters (especially those in your own familly) who seem to cherry pick certain parts of the Bible (ignoring the pesky parts about slavery and stoning adulterers!) to attack who I am? What about loving they neighbor and judge not lest ye be judged? Any... Continue reading
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Doesn't it seem like an eternity since there was a network TV show totally dedicated to LGBT characters? I mean Queer as Folk blazed new territory on Showtime way back in 2000-2005, and The L Word ended in 2009. So when HBO's Looking made it's debut Jan. 19, the question lurked in the air: How far have gay TV characters evolved? Will this be a shoddy, scripted version of Logo's The A List, honing in on the most inane stereotypes, or will it be (as many have predicted) the gay Girls? The first look seems promising... Episode one started (cringingly... Continue reading
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With the Bonnie Tyler '80s classic running through our heads, we joyfully choose to ingore the haters and lovingly aim the ShoutOutHealth spotlight on one influential, empowering, kick-ass individual, who's publicly speaking out for LGBT equality. And the debut "Hero" of 2014 is ... Imagine a world full of professional athletes like former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. Though there's still too many Evander Holyfield's spewing ignorant, anti-gay comments, the barrage of media coverage created by this equally high profile, outspoken, equality-minded (and straight) jock -- who's willing to stand up for not just gay marriage, but equality and the... Continue reading
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In a stroke of pure genius, President Obama has made a bold, brilliant move to pubicly refute Russia's horrific anti-gay laws. By including openly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King in the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Obama is sending the vivid message to the world about sports, equality and human rights. Does anyone really think that King -- the epitomy of guts and grace under pressure, who won the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" against Bobby Riggs with the future of the entire female population riding on every serve (she won, of course), and... Continue reading