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Ten Questions and Answers About BDSM and STDs

Ten Questions and Answers About BDSM and STDs

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) is the politically correct term for what used to be called “veneral disease (VD)”. These are diseases that are transmitted through or as the result of sexual activity (not just sexual intercourse). There are no BDSM specific sexually transmitted diseases but like any other sexual activity, BDSM activity CAN spread STDs.

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Top 7 Tax Tips for LGBT Couples

Top 7 Tax Tips for LGBT Couples

When the U.S. Supreme court struck down the defense of marriage act, the LGBT gained the right to marry. I have heard it said that death and taxes are unavoidable. So with the right to marry came the responsibility for taxes as a couple. Based on the Supreme Court’s ruling the IRS has taken the position that persons legally married in any state or a foreign country on the last day of 2013 are considered married for income tax purposes. Therefore, same-sex couples are faced with making certain decisions with regards to income taxes for the first time.

A Safer Option for Same Sex Divorce

A Safer Option for Same Sex Divorce

Same-sex marriage was legalized in New Jersey in October of 2013. The US Supreme Court gave it nationwide status in June of 2015. Prior to those dates Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships were the only way for a same-sex couple to enter into a marriage like legal agreement. After becoming a legal option for gay and lesbian couples in New Jersey, almost three thousand same-sex couples exercised their right to marry in the first six months of legalization.

LGBT Suicide and The Trauma of Growing Up Gay

LGBT Suicide and The Trauma of Growing Up Gay

As a mental health counselor for the past twenty years, I have listened to many painful stories from some of my lesbian and gay patients regarding their upbringing in a homophobic and heterosexist world. Many of my gay and lesbian patients, including a number of bisexual and transgender individuals, have shared with me that as young as age five, they felt different.