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Mental illness has long been a taboo subject and those with a mental-health diagnosis have long been stigmatized for their struggles. In recent years, though, we’ve begun to shift our ideas about the topic in a positive direction. As a society, we’re talking more about common mental-health concerns such as anxiety and depression, and we’re acknowledging just how prevalent they really are. We’re also talking about these topics with our friends and loved ones. We’re asking for recommendations for therapists, we’re comparing medications (for better or for worse, a substantial number of Americans are on antidepressants) and we’re opening up about our pain.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled narrowly in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips in his anti-LGBTQ discrimination case. In the 7-2 opinion, the court ruled Phillips had not received fair treatment for his religious beliefs by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The majority justices held that, based on the language used by the CCRC in formal public hearings, the Commission held animus against Phillips’ religious belief that he could not bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, calling his beliefs rhetorical and despicable, and comparing them to defenses against slavery and the Holocaust.

The World Health Organization is dropping transgender identities from its list of mental disorders in its newest edition of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.

With more public approval for holistic medicine and changing fitness trends, it can be difficult to keep up with the influx of information. In the last couple of years, one common word in both the media and research is “anti-inflammation.” We now have anti-inflammatory drinks, foods and so on.

Happy Pride Month, Philly. I hope everyone enjoyed the parade and festivities (and did so safely).

With that in mind, let’s talk about sex, again. Last month I addressed an important and rapidly increasing STI. Although syphilis is on the rise in Philadelphia, it is still much less common than several other infections. So today we will talk about the most common: chlamydia.

It’s Pride month, and this means a whole lot of people will take or have taken to the streets across the world, festooned in their best rainbow gear. We’ll march, and party, and do all those things we’ll do at Pride. It will be crazy and chaotic, and we will be the big messy community we are, in all our glory.

Pride Month is 30 days long, but the energy and inspiration we gain from it can last all year. Here, then, are some of the things I hope we LGBTQ parents can all experience during this season of rainbows to sustain us in times to come.

Norma Tramel was confined to the isolation and stigmatization of life in a nursing home for four years after suffering a ruptured hernia that put her in a coma. Once she regained her health, she began to yearn for the freedom that was taken away from her.

Though millions of children are being raised by LGBT people, the process of bringing a child into the world is one that’s still laden with heteronormative traditions and expectations. As a same-sex couple, we have been faced with the friction that bucking that norm can cause, and have had to consider to what degree we wanted to embrace customs, ignore them or, in some cases, create our own.

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