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Millions of Americans, including children, adults and seniors, need long-term-care services as a result of disabling conditions and chronic illnesses. These services range from institutional care, such as nursing homes, to community-based supports, such as having a home health aide. Long-term-care services are generally needed when daily tasks, such as eating, bathing and dressing, become difficult for someone to do on his or her own.

This wasn’t the Pride Month I was looking forward to. I hoped we would be celebrating gains built on marriage equality, not battling to stop religious-exemption laws that could exclude us from parenting and limit homes for children who need them. I hoped we would be celebrating a growing understanding of transgender people, not trying to stop the same kind of bathroom bills for which North Carolina has been widely criticized. I hoped we wouldn’t still have to fight for the right of both same-sex parents to be on our children’s birth certificates.

On June 27 we will mark National HIV Testing Day, a federally designated event that has been observed annually on this date since 1995. It is a meaningful one for those of us who work at Mazzoni Center, since HIV testing, counseling, medical care and supportive services have been a core element of our history and organizational purpose for decades, and continue to be a central focus of our day-to-day work.

Within the last few years, “gluten-free” labels have been frequently appearing on various product labels, from breads to meats. The big question that most people are afraid to ask: Is gluten-free for me?

For 17 years, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” forcibly closeted tens of thousands of military servicemen and women. Originally designed as a compromise between lawmakers and military personnel who wanted the ban on LGBTQ servicemembers lifted and those who didn’t, the reality of DADT encouraged an environment in which discrimination and prejudice festered, and those most hurt by it had no recourse because they faced dishonorable discharge. Over the lifespan of DADT, more than 14,000 servicemembers were given discharges due to their sexual orientation. The 2011 repeal of DADT, however, lifted that albatross from the necks of our LGBTQ servicemembers, allowing them to live authentically both in and out of uniform. Now we have a military that accepts any qualified person willing to serve — and with the daily reminder of the dangers at our country’s doorstep, better late than never. 

Summer starts either June 21 if you’re an astronomical purist, May 1 if you follow the meteorological calendar or Memorial Day weekend if you’re all about the days off. Days off? Yep! That’s what I’m talking about!

As readers of PGN are aware, Mazzoni Center is currently in the midst of several major transitions. The recent departure of our longtime CEO Nurit Shein, as well as former board president Jimmy Ruiz, MD, and medical director Robert Winn, MD, represent a major turning point, and also an opportunity for us to examine our goals and core values, and to chart a course that will carry us into the next phase of our organizational journey. 

 

Queer parents often wonder what their children will call them, but the Lotterys have it figured out. There’s MaxiMum (from Jamaica), CardaMom (of the Mohawk Nation) and their co-parents, PopCorn (from the Yukon) and PapaDum (after the tasty cracker of his native India, not because of a lack of intelligence). The two same-sex couples are co-parenting seven children and a menagerie of animals in Emma Donoghue’s funny and clever new middle-grade novel, “The Lotterys Plus One.”

Berlin has been a pioneering force in the LGBT-rights movement ever since Magnus Hirschfeld founded the world’s first homosexual advocacy group — the Scientific Humanitarian Committee — in 1897. What may be astonishing to anyone visiting Berlin for the first time is that, for such an old city, its history is abundantly defined by modern times.

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