Comfortable in your skin

Is Tatooing Safe?

Is Tatooing Safe?

So you’re thinking about getting a tattoo. Well, before you make up your mind, remember that tattoos are painful to get, can be extremely expensive to remove, and there are health risks involved. Whether getting one is safe depends on two things – you and the tattoo studio. If you’re seriously thinking about getting a […]

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Invisible, Black, and Gay

Invisible, Black, and Gay

I hate being invisible. Being both Black and gay, I haven't developed the courage to fight on two battlefields. So I've chosen one by default; the obvious one, the easy one, the Black one. What's easy about being Black? Nothing, but my struggle for a positive Black identity is filled with support and affirmation. Since […]

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Khallas – I’m Gorgeous!

Khallas – I’m Gorgeous!

I came to Canada when I was 17. There was a war in Lebanon in the 80′s and I was listening to BYE-BYE MON COWBOY and LIKE A PRAYER in the bomb shelter before we packed and moved to ‘Gay Montreal.’

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Jonathan’s story

Jonathan’s story

If I were asked to describe my experience as a gay youth, words would include confusion, fear, anxiety, severe depression and thoughts of suicide. The pain of being alone, with no one to talk too, and when no one seemed to understand was hard. In today’s society, being a gay youth is one of the most difficult things.

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Alone

Alone

Are you comfortable with yourself when you're by yourself, alone? We live in a time when spending time by one's self can be hard to come by.  We are busier than ever, often multitasking both at work and at home. During the daily commute, there's the cell phone.  We often eat meals while checking our […]

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The Adonis Complex – Body Image Pressures on Gay Men

The Adonis Complex – Body Image Pressures on Gay Men

What do you think of your body? Many gay men don't like their bodies very much.  That might seem surprising, given the amount of time many of us spend at the gym.  We probably devote more time and effort to cultivating our physical selves than any other demographic group.  Just the same, research indicates that […]

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How Can I Support My Child?

How Can I Support My Child?

As a parent, you have to take care of yourself and your child. Reading the information we provide is the first step to supporting your child — you have shown that you are open to new information and hopefully you are now better informed. Supporting your child now should be a natural extension of your general support […]

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Ignored to Death: Gay & Lesbian Teen Suicide

Ignored to Death: Gay & Lesbian Teen Suicide

IntroductionIn today’s world, even as awareness and tolerance increase, homosexuality continues to be viewed negatively and through stereotypes. Unfortunately, many of us are treated unfairly throughout society – in church, at school and even in our own homes. At various times homosexuality has been considered a crime, a sickness, a sin or at the very […]

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Feeling Down?  Depression

Feeling Down? Depression

IntroDepression (or Depressive Illness) is one of the most common disorders seen by therapists and psychiatrists in outpatient care. For most people depression is a passing mood. However, for others, it is a debilitating chronic illness with severe consequences. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 9.5 percent of the U.S. population, or about […]

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Insecurity and Self-Hate

Insecurity and Self-Hate

The issues of having multiple sexual partners, the availability of casual and anonymous sex are not new to the gay community. Not only has it been around for ages, I dare say it has become more rampant in this day and age where promiscuity is not just accepted, but even embraced. However, not many of […]

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