Dim the lights, drop some Bon Iver onto the turntable and spend some quality time with yourself. May is National Masturbation Month, so it’s totally cool to take that guided tour of your own pants. Adult toy store Good Vibrations started the trend of May-sturbation in 1995 after then-Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders was fired for suggesting that masturbation should be taught in school. (And why not? Most of us will use that info more than we’ll ever use trigonometry.) The month ends with a Masturbate-a-Thon in San Francisco. “I tell people that it’s like a walk-a-thon, except at the end your feet don’t hurt … unless you masturbate in a very unusual fashion,” sexologist Dr. Carol Queen said. Article by now.msn.com/national-masturbation-month-is-in-may
Why talk about masturbation?
Because many people still feel guilty about it, or feel they do it too much, or feel it’s a second-best substitute for “real” sex. We think it’s important to bring it out into the open and let people feel better about what they’re doing — and, for those who may not be doing it, we want to encourage it! Masturbation is, for many, the cornerstone to a healthy and good sex life. It isn’t second-best — it can give you the information and awareness you need to enjoy the rest of your sex life. Self love rules!
Read more on this awesome article by Good Vibrations!
I wanted to share with you the hepmag.com website as another resource for information on Hepatitis.
What you need to know as the Affordable Care Act celebrates its third birthday.
Although the ACA is not a complete success for Latinos in terms of health care advances, it is a step forward that will benefit millions in the community as written by Casey Halter in TuSalud.com
Click here to read a basic breakdown on what the Latino community can expect from these new federal policies.
“All people, including Latinas and immigrant Latinas, deserve access to affordable, quality and comprehensive health care, including reproductive health care. Federal policies restricting immigrant Latinas’ access to health care have enacted a high human toll—by contributing to widened reproductive health disparities—and have defied sound public health policies…. We look forward to working with policymakers to find commonsense solutions that keep our families healthy and our communities strong.” (Statement by NLIRH (National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health)
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is a great resource for Latinas helping Strengthening Latina Voices, Promoting Leadership Development and Community Organizing and A Commitment to Coalition Building but that’s not all click here to visit their site and read their Mission and learn more about the history of NLIRH.
NLIRH works to ensure the fundamental human right to reproductive health and justice for Latinas.
El Instituto Nacional de Latinas para la Salud Reproductiva es un gran recurso para las Latinas que ayudan Fortalecer Voces Latinas, Promoviendo el Desarrollo de Liderazgo y Organización Comunitaria y el Compromiso de Formación de Coaliciones, pero eso no es todo, haga clic aquí para visitar su sitio y leer su Misión y aprender más sobre la historia de NLIRH (por sus siglas en Ingles)
El Instituto Nacional de Latinas para la Salud Reproductiva trabaja para asegurar el derecho humano fundamental a la salud reproductiva para las Latinas. Haz clic aquí para leer mas en Español.
Pedro Julio Serrano has been chosen one of the 25 most influential LGBT Latinos! It’s great to have amazing people do this work.
Pedro Julio Serrano, a well-known and respected Puerto Rican Latino/a LGBT movement leader, will receive the 2013 Dennis deLeon Voz de Compromiso Award on May 17th at the Latino Commission on AIDS’ annual fundraising Gala Cielo Latino.
“Pedro Julio Serrano has been an outspoken advocate for human rights particularly for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people, participating in thousands of interviews and public events throughout his 15-year career as a human rights activist” said Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS. “His contributions and initiative to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS as the first openly gay and HIV+ political candidate in the history of Puerto Rico is just one of the ways in which he has shown his leadership to serve our community.”
Please visit latinoaids.org to read the entire article!
POZ has a great article in this month’s magazine. Take a moment to read it electronically if you haven’t done so.
Falling Through the Cracks by Benjamin Ryan
We can strengthen two of the weakest links in the U.S. health care chain for people with HIV/AIDS—linking people to care and retaining them in care—but doing so requires a collective approach.
Take Lisa Mendez, a 44-year-old Los Angeles resident who tested positive at a clinic in 2008 that never gave her a referral to an HIV specialist. She had spent six months suffering from severe flu-like symptoms that left her unable to hold down her job as a labor compliance officer. She was rendered homeless and put her son in foster care. Soon after her diagnosis, she attempted suicide. Only after three and half years passed did she finally find an HIV specialist.