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Life Beyond Therapy: Love, friendship and “soul mates”

Have you heard people talk about their “soul mate”? This perfectly-designed person is your ideal match. God sent them just for you. There is no other person on earth who would be such a good match.

Do you believe this? Because, if you do, recent psychological research shows that you’re going to have a very hard time in a romantic relationship.

Positive Spin: Digital storytelling project to support federal HIV response

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released Positive Spin, a comprehensive digital educational tool that uses personal storytelling to promote the importance of getting people with HIV into treatment. The project, which was developed by AIDS.gov with input from federal agencies, healthcare professionals, persons living with HIV and community-based HIV organizations, is available at positivespin.hiv.gov.

Londoners less tolerant of gay or transgender children, poll reveals

LONDON -- Londoners significantly less likely to be accepting if their child came out as gay or transgender compared with the rest of the UK, a new study has revealed.

A senior member of a charity which supports parents with LGBT children said she is surprised by the findings.

A YouGov poll of 1,683 UK adults conducted for PinkNews showed that residents of the capital are over five times more likely to reject support for a gay child. This figure rose to a fifth when respondents were asked about the prospect of their child being transgender.

Sanctuary Palm Springs to create haven for LGBT youth

PALM SPRINGS, California -- Nearly 20 percent of Riverside County foster youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, often finding themselves homeless after coming out to family or being bullied at school.

It's an alarming statistic that filmmakers LD Thompson and David Rothmiller want to change.

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Life Beyond Therapy: The joys of youth

Lately, I’ve noticed a strange kind of reverse ageism in the psychology world. Until the past few years, not much was written about the joys of aging. Now, it seems like every magazine has a feature on it, telling — in great detail — how great it is to get older and implying that being young is basically a waste of time.

I am moved to balance out this bias by writing here about the joys of youth.

Life Beyond Therapy: The 8 kinds of love

Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, many of us are wondering: What exactly is “love” anyway? I recently went to a workshop where many different aspects of love were addressed and we, the participants, were encouraged to examine how these different aspects of love appear (or don’t) in our lives.

Excited by this, I sat down and wrote about the eight kinds of love that I think are the most interesting and how they enrich or impoverish our lives. Most of these names are from the original Greek words, so they may not be familiar to you.

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Care of older LGBT adults: New AGS recommendations

NEW YORK — Health professionals who care for older adults can pioneer fairer and more equitable treatment for LGBT individuals subject to unfair discrimination in health care and society, according to a new position statement from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).

New rule amending Family and Medical Leave Act impacts same-sex spouses

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that eligible workers in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take federal job-protected family and medical leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live.

The Final rule amends the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and extends these rights to all eligible workers in same-sex marriages.

Australia: LGBTI Indigenous people offered a rainbow to follow

KIMBERLEY, Western Australia -- As a gay Aboriginal man, Dameyon Bonson says it was difficult to find anyone like him when he was growing up.

There were no gay Aboriginal role models that he knew of, and the AIDS scare that swept through Australia – culminating with the Grim Reaper campaign of 1987 – meant Bonson felt ashamed, and even scared, of his sexuality.

Nearly 30 years later, much of the health information aimed at gay Indigenous Australians is still centred around HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, says Bonson, a suicide prevention worker in the Kimberley.

Life Beyond Therapy: The ‘well of loneliness’

As a young gay boy in small-town Ohio, I read “The Well of Loneliness,” one of the few LGBT books I could get my hands on in our miniscule (and conservative) town library. The novel — written in 1928 by British author Radclyffe Hall — follows the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman whose homosexuality is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, but their happiness together is doomed by social isolation and rejection.