LGBT Seniors Shouldn't Die Penniless and Alone
Systemic inequities, which are finally changing, still meant a disadvantaged life now for many LGBT seniors.

At 68 years old, having led a responsible and productive life, I find myself living in poverty with the prospects for the final third of my existence only getting worse. I wake each day only to hope that I will die before my funds and limited resources run out completely. I also find that I am in the company of hundreds of thousands of other LGBT seniors who, through no fault of their own, are in the same tragic and inhumane situation.

Putting aside any pride that I once may have had, I share my story in an effort to create an awareness of these inequities that have devastated the current generation of LGBT seniors.


A dieter once commented on a piece that I wrote saying “I know that I only have a 5% chance of succeeding, but I’m just hoping and praying to be in that 5% because, really, what else makes sense?” People are allowed to choose “hoping to be an statistical anomaly” as a strategy for health and happiness. But it’s not the only thing that makes sense, at least not to me. To me remembering that I have the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness in the fat body I have makes sense.  Remembering that health is not an obligation, a barometer of worthiness, or entirely within my control makes sense. Having gratitude for my amazing body makes sense. Choosing a path to health based on research makes sense.  Choosing a path to health that has a chance of succeeding outside the margin of error makes sense to me.
—  Ragen Chastain, “Some Dreams Might Be Better Stolen
I don’t like being bothered or bossed around. I hated that anyone, for any reason, could interrupt my life, and I could interrupt my life just the same.

Jenna Woginrich, former urbanite, and current shepherdess and farm writer

See how Jenna “quit her smartphone addiction and started living” over at The Guardian#Smartphones #iPhone #Android #Internet #Technology #The Guardian #Guardian US #Psychology #Mental Health #Unplugged #Detox


I always get compliments on how clear/smooth my skin is so I thought I’d share the products I use!
Disclaimer: im not a dermatologist and these are the things that have for worked for *me* and no, this is not sponsored
The products are (from left to right):
1. VICHY Normaderm Scrub + cleanser mask (for sensitive skin): I use this once a week to cleanse my skin and it helps in mattifying skin/unclogging your pores.
2. VICHY Normaderm Deep cleansing purifying gel (for sensitive skin): I use this daily, once in the morning and once at night. Its basically a daily face wash that helps give you clear skin without drying you out.
3. VICHY Normaderm Purifying pore-tightening lotion: I use this after my daily face wash, I apply it to unclog/tighten the pores on my nose etc.
4. VICHY AQUALIA THERMAL light: Since I have combo skin, some parts of my face are dry so I use this moisturizer to hydrate these areas.
5. VICHY Mattifying face fluid dry touch (spf 50): this is basically a sunscreen that protects your skin against uv ray coming from the sun (obviously) and also mattifies your skin.
6. Evian facial spray: I take this with me everywhere and spray it all over my face and its literally the best thing when the weather is hot because you feel so fresh!! It also hydrates your skin/helps fix your makeup
7. Clarasonic mia2: I purchased this not long ago from sephora and no joke it changed my life!! Its basically a skincare brush that cleanses 6x better than your hands so it leaves your skin so much cleaner!! I use this daily with my vichy mattyfying face fluid dry touch, and weekly with my vichy scrub + cleanser mask. Thats all I guess, if you have any questions/want to share any of the skincare products you use, feel free to message me!

anonymous asked:

Why do they say chocolate helps during your monthly?

Ok, so I did a bunch of research about this because so many people say chocolate is great, while so many other people say chocolate is terrible during your period.  Tons of people talk about it as a craving, insisting it’s something you inherently desire before and during your period.

And the results state…….[insert drum roll]….NO!  People in the USA do not actually crave chocolate during their periods.  It seems to be, after reviewing a number of articles, that people use chocolate as a “socially acceptable response to stress.”  When and how people eat chocolate doesn’t actually correlate with their hormone levels or pain levels, mostly just their desire for an indulgence.

Now, the follow up question to that is, Why is that a problem????  It’s not!  Dark chocolate, in particular, is great for health in a number of ways.  As long as you’re not overdoing it, chocolate is certainly beneficial to health:

  • Chocolate is very nutrient rich, including Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese.  (Magnesium is great for decreasing menstrual cramps)
  • Chocolate can decrease blood pressure and improve blood flow in the arteries.  [source; source; source; source; source]
  • Chocolate increases good cholesterol and decreases bad cholesterol in people with already elevated cholesterol levels.  [source; source]
  • Chocolate improved insulin sensitivity, which helps to prevent diabetes or improve the health status of people with diabetes. [source; source]
  • In a study of 470 elderly men, cocoa was found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death by a whopping 50% over a 15 year period. [source]
  • Eating dark chocolate at least 2 times a week apparently decreases the risk of having plaque in your arteries by 32%.  [source]
  • Eating chocolate improves resistance to damage by sun exposure.  [source; source]

And so forth!!!  Slather yourself in dark chocolate!  Well, maybe don’t slather yourself, but a couple doses of dark chocolate a week are definitely worth it.  Think about the sugar content before totally overdoing it, though.  For example, don’t expect to get great results while eating a double fudge sundae - that’s not the kind of chocolate we’re talking about.  That’s drenched in high fructose corn syrup, or even just sugar.  I’m talking about 2 small squares of dark chocolate after dinner a couple times a week.  …..oooorrrr maybe just make yourself a Benedict Cumberbatch bust out of chocolate and make out with it regularly.  That seems equally acceptable and good for your health.


New study debunks one of the worst stereotypes about Native Americans

Native Americans are often represented in the media as drinking far more excessively than other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. — but new research shatters that damaging stereotype. Native Americans’ binge-drinking habits are on par with those of white people, according to a study by researchers at the University of Arizona. But that wasn’t all they found.

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Eating your placenta – is it healthy or just weird?

Whether mixing it in yogurt and fruit to make a smoothie, making chocolate truffles from it, or adding it to ground beef for lasagna, the practice of placentophagy – the formal name for eating the placenta for health benefits – is having a moment. Read more about the still-controversial practice at The Guardian.