It is incredibly and painfully unfortunate that trans youth were targeted by Trump’s administration within his first 40 days in office.
In light of recent events, it can be agreed that stress levels are high. Whether at work or out for dinner, you may feel the tension radiating from people checking their Facebook feeds or watching the news. According to the American Psychological Association, in 2015, 45 percent of Americans reported being stressed over a five-year period for various reasons, such as finances, politics, relationships and work-life balance. This is almost half of the American population that has increasing stress and very few outlets. It is important that people learn about the causes of stress, the underlying effects of stress and how exercise can be used as a preventative measure to reduce and even eliminate everyday stress.
So much has changed since that day in October when we all rejoiced at the announcement that the Supreme Court of the United States would hear G. G. v. Gloucester County School Board and review a decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the discrimination of transgender people in the educational system. We thought this case was potentially setting precedent that sexual identification is a classification eligible for legal protection. So much has changed since then that the very basis of the case and why SCOTUS agreed to hear it has been jeopardized.
Lately there have been more protests, marches, rallies, shop-ins and boycotts than I can remember from any era. And no, they’re not really a sport, since sports are friendly competitions where a person or team competes to show superiority. Someone comes out a winner.
February, despite being the shortest month, is often a hard one. Where I live, any day might be a snow day, with my son home from school and the sidewalks needing to be shoveled. The usual routine of laundry and groceries and dinner doesn’t stop. In recent weeks, too, I have been distracted by the news stories of a government chipping away at the rights of LGBTQ people, immigrants and others. How not to be overwhelmed by it all? Here are some of the stories about LGBTQ families making February just a bit warmer.
Uncertainty is a feeling many of us have experienced in recent months. It’s been a fixture in news headlines, driven by the political upheaval that has followed last November’s election. This kind of macro-level uncertainty can absolutely affect how we feel in our everyday lives. And of course there are numerous personal examples — a job loss, a break-up, a move — where a sense of uncertainty about the future can create real anxiety that impacts our mental and physical health in a tangible way.
The end of life is different for everyone but one thing for sure is that none of us is making it out alive. The focus for end of life should be on the comfort and wishes of the individual who is dying.
We are seeing a level of activism, ranging from protests to financial donations, that people under a certain age have never before experienced. It’s scary and it’s exciting and it is also hard emotional work.
Q: My partner and I are considering leaving money to some local LGBT charities by naming them as beneficiaries on our life insurance, since we don’t really need the insurance coverage anymore. Is this a good strategy?