Last Wednesday night I arrived for an information session on becoming a foster parent, a pretty significant life choice that should be taken very seriously. Yet, during the entire three-hour session, I couldn’t stop stealing glances towards a female in the classroom. She wasn’t a typical hottie or attractive in the normal sense, but she was attractive to me. Her pulled back mousy brown hair, no makeup, jeans, running shoes, and kind face were making my stomach feel butterflies. Don’t worry, I was able to pay attention and retain all of the information given. After I arrived home, I really began

20% OF ALL GAY RELATIONSHIPS INVOLVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. MINE WAS ONE OF THEM.   Though the domestic abuse featured through campaigns like #WhyIStayed is often a man assaulting a woman, we mustn’t forget about the rampant abuse within the LGBT community. In two different surveys by The National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 20 percent of gay male relationships and over 34 percent of lesbian relationships involve some form of domestic violence.   My name is Scott Backman; I’m a Los Angeles-based  gay man and I’m a victim of domestic abuse. I now realize my

  I've never been much of a traveler.  My family and friends know I'm more of a homebody.  As a kid, I would cry before going away to weekend Brownie camp or a friend's sleepover, I would even be inconsolable going to a summer day camp where I didn't know anybody, despite the fact my mom would pick me up every day after work (sorry mom).  Even now going away for more than a few nights will trigger my homesickness, often before I've even left the airport or train terminal. Thankfully my sisters know to say "You'll be fine P! You're

  For April 1st I pulled the card "Cholulu hot sauce" from my Grateful AF deck.  At first I had no clue where this was going but after I read the back of the card I had a good chuckle. The first thing I thought of after reading the card was a professor I had in grad school that scared the living shit out of us our first day of class (and for good reason as far as I am concerned.)  I will always remember it was the first day of orientation, there was a panel of professionals that came to speak to

  My name is Mike Cohen. I am 34 years old and I currently live in San Diego.  Throughout the first thirty two years of my life, I never thought my story of beating cancer over 2.5 years of chemotherapy treatments, congestive heart failure (#1), blood clots in my lungs and cycling across the United States six years after, was enough to garner respect and was worthy of sharing with full intentions of inspiring and motivating my potential/eventual audience

Warning: The following guest feature blog may contain sensitive and/or triggering content for some readers. For additional legal disclaimer please scroll to the bottom of this post. Thank you for your attention.  Mental illness is brutal. It warps and tortures your mind and gets you to believe things about yourself and the world that aren't true. It debases who you thought you were and slaughters your relationships. It leaves you with nothing but the most miserable parts of yourself until you're worn down and want only to die. You can't snap out of it. Almost everything you try to make yourself

3 Reasons Why It’s Time to Break Up with Your Diet How many times this week have you heard someone talking about the latest food they’re cutting out, juice cleanse they recently started, number of steps they’ve taken today, or how they’re just SO BAD for eating [insert food here -ice cream, donuts, fries, etc.]? As a registered dietitian who works in eating disorder treatment, I hear these messages left and right.  The problem is I don’t only hear these messages at work!  They’re at the grocery store, restaurants, at the gym and even at social gatherings.  And they are messages of disordered eating.  It.

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