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Monday, November 10, 2014

In the News from the Bi Polar Bear

Amid Funding Cuts, NY Organization Sees HIV Suppression Rates 250% the National Average: 

"Iris House opened its doors in 1993, primarily serving women who were living with HIV at a time when they had relatively few options for support services. It now offers comprehensive support services to women, men and families, whether they are infected with HIV or affected by HIV. These services include food and nutrition education, housing, case management, harm reduction, mental health, support groups and life skills training"

 Personal experiences continue to shape Cliffside Park man's life  October 31, 2014 By Jaime Walters

"CLIFFSIDE PARK - The Cliffside Park Council recently recognized longtime borough resident Stephen A. Pubiello with a proclamation for his activism and community service relating to the challenges of substance abuse, mental illness and HIV."


Op-ed: Why The U.N. Must Consider The Cruelty Behind Ex-Gay Therapy Conversion therapy isn't just snake oil. It's poison.  BY Samantha Ames Esq source: The Advocate

 "Under the Convention Against Torture, the United Nations has the power to address the practice of “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment,” including forcible or coercive treatment based on the false premise that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is a mental illness that can and should be cured. Shockingly, while two states have enacted laws that protect youth against this harmful practice, some unethical therapists continue to practice conversion therapy on children in 48 states. The result, especially for vulnerable youth, is lifelong damage that can include depression, substance abuse, and even suicide.


 Lastly, Blogger under the weather and taking the rest of November off.


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