Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Transexual Health Resources

Taking care of ourselves and each other

I've been a bit too busy to get this page in order but it will be completed very soon. While I build the content, here's a sampling of the direction it is heading in, but look at the links in my Favorite Sights (sic) page, too, until I finish things.

MIND


BODY


SPIRIT


Activism
Abuse & Domestic Violence
Alcohol & Substance Abuse
Mental Illness
Self-Acceptance
Auto-Immune
Cardiovascular
Hormonal
Musculoskeletal
Women's Health
Family & Friends
Partnering
Philosophy
Religions
Relaxation


Mind

Isolation in our youth, worldwide homophobia, and recurring cycles of grief associated with the Epidemic, are major contributors to the high incidence of depression, alcoholism and subtsance abuse found in the LGBT Community. Even if you are the most m entally healthy person on the planet, your friends probably are not.

Activism

Be a part of the solution.
Volunteer!


Volunteering is a great way to socialize outside of the bar scene. You just might discover your perfect mate seductively licking envelopes across a table.


The Center

Your local LGBT Center surely has groups meeting there who do outside volunteer work. See the list of Centers to locate the one nearest you.


New York Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project

Learn to manage your personal safety while helping others in need. There are 12 simialr groups around the country and more are being planned.


ACT UP

Radical? Realistic!


New York CyberQueers

Use your computer skills to help bring LGBT organizations into the electronic age.


Digital Queers

Assault & Domestic Violence

Sticks & Stones break more than bones.
Fight for your sanity with help.


If you are a victim of a gay bashing, report it.
If your partner is hitting you, call the local abuse helpline.


New York Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
Gay and straight Help Centers throughout the country utilize the protocols AVP developed for dealing with assault and domestic violence.

Alcoholism & Substance Abuse

Don't blur your personal problems by self-medicating with drugs and alcohol.

Tewlve Step Programs

Alcoholics Anonymous and the programs patterned after it seem to work well; however, some LGBT critics feel they displace internalized homophobia and ultimately limit self-actualization. If you struggle with self-acceptance, try other avenues first.

Your local LGBT Center probably has more 12 step programs than any other local institution. There must be one at a time that's convenient to you.

Mental Illness

Situational problems, like grieving loss through death or the break up of a relationship, have a natural course, and rarely need intervention beyond the support of friends. However, more serious and chronic ills abound and remain grossly misunderstood . Often, a problem is marginal for years and brought to the forefront by personal crisis.

Depression is the most commonly found disorder. Many treatment possibilities exist but it may take time to find one that works best for you. Schizophrenia is another common disorder -- much more prevalent than people think. While not curable, it is manageable.

The mentally ill experience bigotry akin to homophobia, and most stay closeted about their problem Sadly, it is friends who usually detect behavioral changes but fail to understand that it may reflect either the illness itself or a need for review of medications.

Self Acceptance

It is never too late to come out. Loving yourself and learning about being gay is vital for your self-esteem. In fact, we should all routinely assess our progress in overcoming our cuturally indoctrinated homophobia.

If you are older and closeted, coming out may feel impossible but it is not. You should approach it exactly as LGBT Youth do ... One step at a time.

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Body

Funny thing these bodies of ours.... They break down and there are no trade-ins. Do a regular systems check and get an annual tune-up at your doctor. There are many gay or gay-friendly physicians to be found.

Auto-Immune

Cardiovascular

Hormonal

Musculoskeletal

Women's Health

Recent studies suggest lesbians have an unusally high incidence of certain health problems such as breast cancer. One factor may be that most lesbians do not bear children, but some health care professionals theorize that lesbians ignore regular GYN c heck-ups either because they see no need for it or have had negative experiences with homophobic providers.

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Spirit

Beliefs have a comforting quality and we shouldn't ignore our own sense of internal mystery and power. Beware of getting mired in the endless conflicts of religion vs homosexuality. There are options.

Family & Friends

Partners

Philosophy

Religions

Relaxation

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This site is a work in progress. Please send suggestions to:

Ed Mannix manxman@mail.nycnet.com