Community Leaders Share Resources, Challenges at First Fenway Queer Women’s Health Roundtable

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On Monday, December 5, Fenway Health’s Women’s Health team facilitated its first Queer Women’s Health Roundtable, an evening of open discussion of the issues that affect the health and wellbeing of queer, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women and non-binary people assigned female at birth. Tanekwah Hinds, Women’s Health Program Coordinator, organized the roundtable to uplift and center the voices of community members speaking on behalf of the diverse populations that the Women’s Health Team serves. The representatives from each organization present were leaders who self-identified as cisgender women, transgender women, or non-binary individuals. “We wanted to provide a space for 
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Bisexual People Widely Experience Monosexism, Study Says

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Fenway Health would like to congratulate Tangela S. Roberts, an intern at the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center and graduate of The Fenway Institute summer research program, on the publication of her new study Between a Gay and a Straight Place: Bisexual Individuals’ Experiences with Monosexism. Her research shows that bisexual people are widely affected by monosexism, the privileging of sexual attraction to one sex or gender. This means that bisexual individuals face discrimination due to their sexuality not just from heterosexual people, but from within the wider LGBT community. The study notes that subjects reported significantly more discrimination from 
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Bi Men’s Group: A Dozen Years and Counting

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For more than a dozen years, Fenway Health’s Bisexual and Bi-Curious Men’s Group has been a haven for men seeking a confidential forum to discuss bisexuality. Meeting on the second Tuesday evening of each month, the drop-in group typically sees anywhere from three to seven men seeking support around their experiences of bisexuality, says group leader Charles Strauss, a licensed clinical social worker and self-identified bi-male. One of Strauss’ primary goals is to foster a space that is as open-minded and inclusive as possible to address the diversity of bisexual identities.  To that end, there is no pre-registration nor requirement 
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CDC Awards Fenway Health, AIDS Action, Multicultural AIDS Coalition $3.78m for ‘Getting To Zero’ HIV Prevention Partnership

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The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have awarded Fenway Health, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, and the Multicultural AIDS Coalition $3.78 million for a five-year HIV prevention partnership that will focus on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, the  groups at highest risk of HIV infection in the US.  Dubbed ‘Getting to Zero,’ the initiative will target hard-to-reach, high risk members of these communities and connect them to HIV counseling and testing, health care, and prevention services. “Massachusetts is one of the few places in the country where HIV 
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The Fenway Institute commends FDA for moving to end lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men

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The Fenway Institute today commends the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for announcing steps to end a 31-year-old policy banning all men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood. The FDA intends to change the blood donor deferral period for MSM to one year after having sexual contact with another man, which is the current deferral period in place for heterosexual men and women who wish to donate blood and report having had sex with a person known to be HIV positive. “The proposed one-year deferral policy is a welcome and important step in the right direction,” 
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