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Gay men and the battle to be happy

The gay community has made many giant strides forward in recent years, but in certain areas we continue to stumble and make little progress.

In terms of our mental health and well-being, survey after survey tells us that we, as LGBT people, are much more likely to suffer from issues like depression, self-harm and suicidal tendencies than our straight peers. It nevertheless appears to be a stagnant situation, devoid of any significant breakthroughs.

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The biggest killer in the LGBT community may not be what you think

Nobody likes to be told what they can’t do, especially if that involves something that makes them feel good in some way. But there is one thing that is killing the LGBTQ community more than anything else, and it may not be their fault.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women are smoking a lot more than the heterosexual community.

Skinny jeans cause woman to become paralyzed

Skinny jeans may be bad for your health, according to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (JNNP).

A 35-year-old woman was wearing a pair of the restrictive pants while helping one of her family members move.

The woman said she had been doing a lot of squatting that day and she noticed that her jeans were becoming increasingly tighter as the day wore on.

Gay men aren't happy with their bodies

A new study shows that gay men are more likely to experience eating disorders because they are not happy with their body type and appearance.

The study polled over 200 men, mostly in their twenties; one-third of which identified as gay. The study was conducted to compare how men thought of their current body type and how they thought they should look in order to attract a mate.

The analysis found that gay men were very displeased with their current image and were eager attain their perceptive one.

LGBT wellness roundup for the week ending June 12

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

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Hillcrest dermatologist can freeze fat, remove it forever

The Hillcrest community is a tight-knit district that prides itself on excellence in service and quality of goods. Some neighborhood restaurants and bars have been in the district for many years. Dr. William L. Heimer has had his dermatology practice, Hillcrest Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology, on Fifth Avenue for a decade.

For gay and bi blood donors, new rules but same ban

If a blood transfusion could save your life, would the sexual orientation or gender identity of your donor matter?

According to our government, the answer is "yes." For over 30 years the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintained a lifetime ban on blood donations from all gay and bisexual men, even if they had sex with another man just once in their lifetime.

UC San Diego Health System to host LGBTQ health forum at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- UC San Diego Health System and the San Diego LGBT Community Center will present a special forum, Ensuring the Health of the LGBTQ Community, on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm at The Center.

At the forum, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about UCSD Health and its commitment to the community; UCSD’s Owen Clinic which is one of the nation’s top HIV care programs; and PrEP, the once-a-day medication that is used to prevent HIV infection.

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A question of care: Growing older and facing loss as LGBT people

(Editor's note: Robert Espinoza is vice president of policy at PHI, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute and a blogger for our media partner Huffpost Gay Voices.)