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Whenever I tell someone that older adults are one of the fastest-growing age groups living with a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS, I am met with a look of confusion or shock. I know it is tough to envision Grandma, or even Ma, finding partners and engaging in sexual behaviors, but guess what, folks: Our elders are still sexually active and are still susceptible to sexually transmitted infections! The AIDS Community Research Institute of America reports that 69 percent of LGBT older adults were sexually active within the last year.

This summer, Philadelphia beheld the majesty that was the Democratic National Convention. To be chosen as the city to host the DNC was an honorable designation, which meant constant traffic in our tiny cobbled streets, our favorite bars packed to capacity and once-public spaces hedged off, reserved for the political elite. If we loved anything about it, it had to be the flare of constant excitement, or at least the drove of donkeys speckling the sidewalks. That was definitely fun. 

Since Whitewood v. Wolf in Pennsylvania and the federal Obergefell v. Hodges, gay people’s biggest worries surrounding marriage have been whether or not to invite that annoying second cousin on mom’s side of the family, centerpieces and what kind of food to serve the guests. What very few people realize is that, even though we have marriage equality nationwide, there are still many couples who are “wed-locked” in Pennsylvania. 

Back-to-school time can be stressful for any parent. There are supplies to buy, schedules to arrange and forms to fill out. For many LGBTQ parents, it can bring up worries about our children’s inclusion and safety — but it can also be an opportunity for building bridges.

The eyes of the world have been on Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games 2016. Countries compete to host the Olympics, in part, to bolster the country’s international reputation and boost tourism. Rio might be as famous for its Copacabana iconic beaches as its reputation for crime. This year’s Olympic Games have been plagued with reports of polluted water, crimes involving athletes and a government in chaos.

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