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With Teachers Coming Out as Transgender, Districts Struggle

Leo Soell came back to school with no hair, a new name and an announcement. The Hall Elementary School fifth grade teacher left to undergo cancer treatment last fall as Brina. A double mastectomy and four rounds of chemotherapy clarified a few things. For years, Soell had lived a double life. At home in Southeast(…)

Study Finds Link Between Eating Disorders, Sexual Orientation

Young women attracted to both sexes or who are unsure about who they are attracted to are more likely to develop an eating disorder than those attracted to only one sex, according to a new study from Drexel University and a MedicalXPress report. However, the results of the study suggest that females attracted to the(…)

NIH Gets $5 Million for Trans Youth Study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced, on Aug. 14, that it has awarded $5.7 million for a five-year study that will evaluate the long-term outcomes of medical treatment for transgender youth, the Windy City Times reports. Among the co-investigators in the study is Dr. Robert Garofalo, division chief of Adolescent Medicine at Ann &(…)

Study: Most Gay Male Teens Not Getting Tested for HIV

Young men who have sex with men have the highest risk for HIV infection, but only one in five has ever been tested for HIV, a much lower rate than testing for non-adolescents, reports a new national Northwestern Medicine study conducted in partnership with the Center for Innovative Public Health Research. The greatest barriers to(…)

Three Studies Find Children of Gay Parents Fare Well

 On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, new research suggests that children raised by gay parents are well adjusted and resilient, HealthDay reports. Four new studies were scheduled to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Toronto that set out to(…)