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This heart-tugging World AIDS Day music video for the song "Away" by Sam Salmond was inspired by The Ashes Action, the 1992 ACT UP march that culminated in men and women throwing their loved ones' ashes onto the White House lawn to protest the government's neglect of those impacted by the AIDS crisis. Brooklyn-based composer Salmond is asking viewers to make a donation to one of the following wonderful AIDS charities: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, or Elton John AIDS Foundation. /iframe> Continue reading
Sometimes we just can't resist getting in the middle of a juicy pop culture battle, so here goes... When legendary diva Bette Midler recently took Ariana Grande to task for over-sexualizing her music (prompting this retort), it echoed similar recent comments of discontent from the likes of Annie Lennox, Sinead O' Connor and Joni Mitchell over the young female pop stars seemingly extreme attempts to sell their music and ignite social media through sex, sex and more sex. Do these legengdary stars have a point? Is talent being shuttled to the background, all to simply shock and titilate audiences (and... Continue reading
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Country music continues to bust apart stereotypes, especially when Kacey Musgrave's inclusive rallying cry "Follow Your Arrow" won the "Song of the Year" at the recent CMA's. But now Nashville star Ty Herndon (pictured) has made his own headline, watch his joyful coming out moment in the (autoplay) video below ... Then, on the heels of Herndon's announcement comes this, from another male country star, Billy Gilman, who made his own coming out video, which you can watch here ... Are you surprised at the growing diversity in country music? Or is it way past due? Leave your comments! Continue reading
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In what may be the biggest 'coming out' of all -- and that includes Ellen DeGeneres, George Michael, Elton John, and maybe even Michael Sam -- Apple CEO Tim Cook declared to the world a long-rumored but never publicly declared truth, stating "I am a proud gay man" in an op ed for BloombergBusinessweek.com. Homophobic business and financial leaders, and conservative politicians probably share limited respect for prowess in music or the arts, but when the global leader of arguably the world's most talk-about and valued brand adds himself to this ever-growing 'out and proud' list, it changes the game... Continue reading
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A recent ShoutOutHealth post on the power of forgiveness generated a lot of discussion/debate, but now one gay activist is putting that often difficult practice to the test. When Evangelical Christian (and gay man) Matt Stolhandske wrote this stunning piece in the Washington Post, he set off a firestorm of controversy in both LGBT and religious circles. Was he really going to help raise the astonishing sum of $150,000 to cover the punitive fine that Melissa and Aaron Klein -- the Portland-based Christian bakery owners who refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding in 2013 -- received... Continue reading
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In the "say what?" side of the news, a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed some pretty shocking evidience on level of ignorance about HIV/AIDS in the gay community. The highlights (or should we say, lowlights) include: Only a third of the participants knew that HIV infections are increasing among gay men. Not even half the men (46 percent) knew that doctors recommend that people who are newly diagnosed with HIV begin antiretroviral therapy immediately. But perhaps the most disturbing findings seem to reflect a stunning failure taking place in health care settings. Consider this: 56 percent of... Continue reading
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Are you a homophobe-phobe? Are you projecting homophobia onto friends, family, co-workers, or even people on the street that, in fact, doesn't exist? While actual homophobia is of course all-too-real in the world, "Gay in Theory" by Butler University student (and Sigma Nu fraternity member for two years) Andrew Gelwicks is an eye-opening reminder that it's all-too-easy to project fear, potential rejection and/or judgment onto well-meaning, or even loving, people and situations. After experiencing a mix of curious glances, dance floor discomfort, random encouragement ("You guys look so cute!" gushed a female wanting a picture), and one awkward tumble into... Continue reading
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Though the controversy over PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis therapy) and so-called Truvada whores has been simmering for some time, the public announcement by Scott Wiener, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors -- who represents the same Castro-based district once held by the legendary Harvey Milk -- that he's on PrEP has pushed the debate back to center stage. “A much larger segment of gay men should be taking a close look at PrEP,” said Wiener in a recent interview. “I hope that my being public about my use of PrEP can help people take a second look at... Continue reading
Talk about empowering, this amazing video speaks to the power of hope, love and acceptance. Enjoy and please share! 'Last year I wanted to die. Today, I choose to live." 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 Friday, everyone! MUST-SEE VIDEO: Straight guy brought to tears over LGBT question ... MUST READ: Religious acceptance for gay people on the rise... SAY WHAT? Southern HIV epidemic worsened by failure to expand Medicaid... FEEL GOOD: Greg Louganis showcases 'Back on Board' documentary... Continue reading
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How's this for empowering? Renowed "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert unleashed a stunning (and totally inspiring) response to those who use religion to demean and hate the LGBT community. You'll want to read the entire Facebook post, but here's the guts of Gilbert's post, in response to a lesbian woman in her 60's whom she met after a taping for a new Oprah (OWN) show in South Carolina. The tearful woman (a pillar in her church and community) was tired of hiding her true self, and her loving relationship of over 30 years with another woman, but was certain... Continue reading
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Is being part of the gay community sometimes as fraught with disapproval as being suddenly thrown into the middle of a Tea Party convention? With so much historic, high-profile good news on gay marriage, it's easy to forget so many LGBT people still feel like outcasts within the gay community. In his marvelous essay It Gets Better, Unless You're Fat, writer Louis Peitzman sends a sobering reminder of LGBT opression can sometimes be an inside job. The internalized shame I feel about my weight is largely a credit to society, where all fat people are treated like second-class citizens. But... Continue reading
The original queen of empowerment (and strong LGBT community supporter) Alanis Morissette also has a soft, spiritual side (check out her chakra-themed website!). So it's no surprise that Alanis is slated to appear on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday program this month, just check out the lyrics to this little known Morissette gem "You Own Me Nothing in Return" featuring this enticing line: "I'll give you countless amounts of outright acceptance if you want it..and you owe me nothing in return." Sounds good to us, Alanis! Continue reading
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