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Retirement Made LGBTQ-Friendly

Having only lived in their new home for a matter of weeks, Ed Ploegar and Rick Hahn decided to make their way to their community's biweekly movie night for some entertainment and maybe to meet some of their new neighbors. To their pleasant surprise, the film shown was GLAAD Media Award-nominated.

By |2019-07-18T12:24:50-04:00April 10th, 2019|Guides, Health & Wellness|

Flint Couple Tackles Kidney Disease, Highlights Story for April, National Donate Life Month

It was 2004 and Deb Gustafson and her wife, Sue Weston, were planning on having a great time. The Flint couple was about to go on long-planned vacation when Gustafson started to feel unwell. Her family had a history of urinary tract and bladder infections and she suspected that her discomfort might be related. Eventually, when her symptoms didn't pass, she asked to go home and was rushed to the hospital.

By |2019-04-10T16:16:34-04:00April 10th, 2019|Guides, Health & Wellness|

SAGE Table Looks to Link Up Different Age Groups

A SAGE Table is a program of SAGE Metro Detroit, an agency dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults, and is an intergenerational dinner event designed to start conversations with those of varying generations. The latest SAGE Table took place at the Ferndale Affirmations LGBTQ community center on April 4, and I was invited as a reporter to attend and experience the evening firsthand. Upon arrival, I was greeted at the door by Judy Lewis, SAGE Metro Detroit’s training and education manager.

By |2019-04-10T16:14:18-04:00April 10th, 2019|Guides, Health & Wellness|

Let’s Talk About Drinking and Health

I am often asked from clients and friends if I believe there is a healthy amount of alcohol that may be consumed on a regular basis. Of course, no one likes my response: actually no, there is not. However, I also like to reframe the question: How do you define healthy? More specifically, is there a use for alcohol?

By |2019-04-10T16:02:47-04:00April 10th, 2019|Health & Wellness, Opinions, Viewpoints|

A Gluten-Free Guide to Detroit Dining

Metro Detroit has a wide and wonderful selection of food opportunities — unless you have allergies and diet restrictions, in which case you might be out of luck. I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance in July of 2017. It was one of the worst and most confusing bits of news my whole life — gluten intolerance? I didn’t even believe in non-celiac gluten allergies! I didn’t want to stop eating cake. What about garlic bread? Oh no.

By |2018-10-31T15:05:46-04:00October 31st, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

From Injury to Industry

Oct. 5, 2010 started off just like any other day for Brandon La Forest. He woke up a little early, had a meeting at the office and was on his way to an appointment in Lansing. But just outside the city, while La Forest stopped to avoid an accident that had just happened in front of him, his life changed forever.

By |2018-10-31T15:03:21-04:00October 31st, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

Talking Body

Decorative Artist Matt Lambert Explores Queer Body Politics To fully consume the queer concepts in Matt Lambert’s body of work, use your primordial senses: touch, sight, sex. The 28-year-old decorative artist has a BFA in [...]

By |2018-04-11T13:42:52-04:00April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

Health News Hits

LGBT Health Resources Removed from HHS Website A webpage devoted to lesbian and bisexual health, links to LGBT topics and other references were removed between September and October 2017 from WomensHealth.gov, a website maintained by [...]

By |2018-04-11T13:42:54-04:00April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

5 Life Strategies for LGBTQ+ Individuals to Avoid Out-of-Control Addictive Behaviors

We have all heard how the opioid epidemic is ravaging communities. In 2014 alone, drug overdose was the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., but prescription drugs are not the only killer, so is alcohol and illegal drugs. What you don’t hear is the specific numbers for how the LGBTQ community is being impacted: we are more than twice as likely than our heterosexual counterparts — 39.1 versus 17.1 percent — to have used any illicit drugs.

By |2018-04-11T13:43:02-04:00April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness|

Step Therapy: A Problem for All Patient Communities

Members of the LGBTQ community face many unique health care challenges. They suffer from higher rates of smoking, depression, anxiety, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Compounding these challenges is the fact that LGBTQ individuals are more likely than others to experience difficulty accessing health care, due to a long history of anti-LGBTQ bias.

By |2018-04-11T16:24:19-04:00April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness, Opinions, Viewpoints|

Punting With Pride

By Emell Derra Adolphus "I Love it, even with the injuries," says team member Tashia Pickett. BTL photos: Alexander Godin When you're watching the girls of the Detroit Pride football team, you won't see [...]

By |2015-10-29T09:00:00-04:00October 29th, 2015|Guides, Health & Wellness|

Getting Sober

By Christopher Treacy It felt like I was circling the drain. I got stuck in a vicious cycle, allowing some evil mechanism within me to destroy everything I tried to achieve while it simultaneously lied [...]

By |2015-10-29T09:00:00-04:00October 29th, 2015|Guides, Health & Wellness|