1. Respect Yourself
Ru Paul says it best - “If you don't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” Being intimate with another person is incredibly vulnerable. Having confidence and loving yourself makes it so much easier to be vulnerable with someone and enjoy your time together. Try these three things to appreciate yourself more in 2020:
Build your self-esteem. Love yourself inside.
When’s the last time you said something nice about yourself to yourself? Chances are, it’s been a minute. Take time every day to remind yourself of all the great...
I'm back after a long holiday break and a nasty fight with a flu. This week's news offered a number of anecdotes that related closely to conversations I had with my family over the break.
One topic that "normative" people are increasingly curious about is why gender-identity is being discussed more and more. Gender-identity is different than what sexual organs a person has or who that person is sexually attracted to. Gender-identity is how the individual thinks about themselves as they interact with the world.
Just this past weekend, Janelle Monae shared that she identifies as non-binary. That just means she...
Many of you will be traveling over the next couple weeks for the holidays to see your inherited and/or chosen families, so be safe!
If you're queer, we know these times can be particularly stressful, so don't forget to reach out to your support structure when you need it.
If you're an ally, understand that holidays can stir up a lot of emotional discomfort for non-hetero-normative people. Give them space if they need it, and be open to just listening.
Hopefully everyone has a fun and safe holidays. We'll try and write you while we're traveling as well....
There's a new way to PrEP!
The International Antiviral Society, the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, and the SF Department of Public Health (among many others) now endorses a second method of PrEP dosage.
When approved in 2012 for HIV prevention, FDA guidelines for PrEP called for taking the medication daily. While subsequent studies have shown that near daily adherence is effective, it wasn't until recently that a pilot study from the SF AIDS Foundation demonstrated that a higher dose initially, followed by a couple days of adherence was also effective.
On-demand PrEP dosage calls for the patient...
Facebook Ad Policies Hurt LGBTQ Patients
For months, I have been inundated with misleading ads about the dangers of HIV prevention medications (PrEP). Fortunately, I know they aren't true, but I regularly hear from excellent candidates for the medication that they'd never take something so dangerous.
As a reminder, Facebook regularly denies PrEP advocacy campaigns, but not misleading campaigns intended to scare users and collect emails. The ugly truth about these ads is they are likely sensational just to capture emails and build lists for future ad targeting.