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Ellen Calls Tig Notaro Fearless

(SFGN) Tig Notaro is a comedian, writer, and cancer survivor. In her HBO stand-up special, “Boyish Girl Interrupted”, Notaro -- the recipient of a double mastectomy—performs with her top off.

“I’ve done it three times, “says Notaro on Ellen.

“The first time I did it, I was like ‘Oh my gosh, my shirt’s off.’ And I could feel a little bit of nerves about it. But then I did it again in New York at the comedy festival, and at that point I was just like ‘yeah, my shirt’s off’ and then I just decided I’d do it for my HBO special…I remember one person saying ‘I’m scared it might come across as some sort of stunt.’ And I was like, ‘oh yeah, it is. – make no mistake.’ I want people to talk about my comedy and talk about cancer. ”

DeGeneres praises Notaro’s fearlessness not only for her physical performance, but in her timing and delivery, her slow pacing and deliberate silences. Since coming to her attention at a GLAAD event, DeGeneres says that she has become a huge fan and supporter of Notaro’s, going so far as to apologize for not supporting her sooner.

“I found it very kind and also amusing that you thought you owed me an apology…It kinda felt like I was getting a phone call from Oprah saying ‘I know you’ve probably heard I had a dinner party the other night, and I want to apologize for not inviting you.’ – I wasn’t waiting for this you know, but of course I’m thrilled to be here.”

Notaro is engaged to Stephanie Allynne, with plans to marry in October. At the end of the interview, DeGeneres surprised Notaro by presenting her with everything from their Williams-Sonoma wedding registry.

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Obama Pick for Army Would Be First Openly Gay Service Chief

Friday Sep 18, 2015

(AP) President Barack Obama said Friday that he will nominate longtime Pentagon official Eric Fanning to be the Army's new secretary. If confirmed, Fanning would be the nation's first openly gay leader of a military service.

"Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role," Obama said in a written statement. "I am grateful for his commitment to our men and women in uniform, and I am confident he will help lead America's soldiers with distinction. I look forward to working with Eric to keep our Army the very best in the world."

Fanning has been acting undersecretary of the Army since June. He has served as special assistant to Defense Secretary Ash Carter and held senior positions in the Air Force, including undersecretary from 2013 to 2015.

The nomination comes as the Obama administration works to eliminate barriers to military service based on sexuality or gender. Army secretary is a civilian position.

Fanning's nomination must be confirmed by the Senate. He would replace John McHugh, who has said he plans to step down no later than Nov. 1.


Bisexual Adults at Higher Risk for Cancer, STDs and Depression

(HRC) Human Rights Campaign's research brief published Thursday underscores a dangerous but largely hidden crisis--the striking physical, mental and sexual health disparities bisexual people face.

The Health Disparities Among Bisexual People report, (http://thebea.st/1F8KTwg) based on the most recent and reliable data available on bisexual health and released in partnership with the Bisexual Resource Center, BiNet USA, and the Bisexual Organizing Project, reveals a troubling chasm between the health outcomes of bisexual people and those of the rest of the population - including gay men and lesbians.

Studies show that bisexuals face elevated rates of poor health outcomes ranging from cancer and heart disease, to obesity, sexually-transmitted infections and mental health issues. The report highlights research showing that:

  • Bisexual women have higher rates of cancer than the general population of women, higher rates of heart disease and obesity than heterosexual women, and are more likely than all other women to suffer from mental and emotional stress;
  • Bisexual adults have double the rate of depression than heterosexual adults, higher rates of binge drinking, and are more likely to engage in self-harming behavior, including attempting suicide;
  • Bisexual men are less likely than gay or heterosexual men to get tested for HIV, leading them to be disproportionately affected by the infection; and bisexual people are less likely to be screened for the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can increase the risk of cancer in both men and women.

"Healthcare providers sometimes make assumptions about patients' identities based on their current or recent partners, and bisexual people often face outright discrimination when they come out in healthcare settings,” said Tari Hanneman, Deputy Director of the Health and Aging Program at the HRC Foundation. “That can lead bisexual people to delay or avoid seeking care, or not disclose their identities to their providers. This can mean that medical professionals are not getting an accurate picture of what that patient's sexual health needs are, or the mental or physical health concerns for which they may face heightened risk."


TransLatina Coalition Starts Fort Lauderdale Chapter


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(TransLatina Coalition) The TransLatina Coalition, a national transgender advocacy group, has started its first Florida chapter in Fort Lauderdale.

The group plans to provide a wide range of services for the transgender community, including a safe space for trans women who are victims of domestic violence.

Arianna Lint is a transgender woman and president of the Fort Lauderdale TransLatina Coalition chapter.

She said it's important to have transgender-led organizations.

"There’s a lot of misunderstanding in our community," she said. "They don’t understand what our needs are.”

Some of those needs are access to knowledgeable healthcare providers and transgender inclusion in the workplace.

Lint is also helping to build other TransLatina chapters in the Southeast including in Georgia, North Carolina and Puerto Rico.