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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.

It’s not a secret that the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia is in a time of transition. It’s also no secret that we’ve found ourselves in this transitional period because the need for change became imperative. As we’ve been seeing, community leaders are working diligently to affect positive change and to bridge gaps in our community relating to matters such as racial inequities and the safety of our most vulnerable community members. For example, last week we had our first-ever LGBTQ State of the Union. Real, long-lasting change takes time.

A fascinating study has come out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to study the brains of transgender people who have and haven’t been on hormone treatments, and to compare them to the brains of nontransgender-identified men and women.

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