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Activism doesn’t simply mean chaining yourself to a building or participating in protests. Activists are people who try to elicit social change, and today activism takes many forms. Since the new administration took office, it seems as if things are changing daily. It is hard to keep track of all the possible policy changes that may impact our lives. The constant deluge of information is overwhelming for many people, and infuriating to others. If you find yourself wanting to get more involved but not knowing how, here are a few suggestions.

 

Apps like Grindr and Scruff have become the gold standard for men to meet men. These apps, and others like it, use geo-locational technology to connect users to other men currently logged onto the app within a certain physical range, creating easy opportunities to both meet and hook up with new guys. While some men aren’t necessarily meeting up (just) to have sex, it is generally understood that Grindr, Scruff and the like are used for casual sex.

Summer is approaching fast! Many of us may feel guilty for having procrastinated on our summer fitness goals. There are about 11 weeks left before summer and that is more than enough time to get the ball rolling and shed a few pounds. You can lose a minimum of 4 pounds of body weight a month, which averages to one pound lost per week. This is a graspable goal!

On Feb. 24, 2004, then-President George W. Bush announced that he supported a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, declaring it was the only way to protect the status of marriage between man and woman, which he called “the most fundamental institution of civilization.”

 

There are times in journalism when you pause and wonder if anyone is reading your words. It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing a sports column, an editorial, a film or theater review or the follow-up to a murder; sometimes you feel like you might have just an audience of one — yourself.

An increasing number of states are risking harm to children in foster care by allowing discrimination against LGBT people and others who wish to foster or adopt them. On March 10, South Dakota enacted a law stating that no child-placement agency may be required to provide services that conflict with its “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction,” even if they are receiving public funds or tax benefits — a move widely seen as targeting LGBT prospective parents. Similar bills have advanced in Alabama and Georgia, and others are pending in Oklahoma and Texas. Michigan, North Dakota and Virginia already have such laws in place.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the newest and most promising biomedical HIV-prevention intervention to date.  PrEP has been shown to be anywhere from 92-99-percent effective at preventing HIV transmission. In short, it is a game-changing prevention tool with the potential to dramatically impact rates of new HIV infection and potentially even bring an end to HIV in our lifetimes.  

Q: My advisor talks about how my accounts are doing compared to the “benchmark,” but I’m not really sure I understand what that means. Can you please help explain this?

A: Thanks for the question. It’s good to use benchmarks to track your investments over time. I’m sure your advisor would be able to explain this to you as well, but I’m more than happy to help you get started.

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