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As Pride Month comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about this …

  • June 25, 2022

It’s already that last newsletter of June 2022, and I can’t believe it! It feels like this month has gone by so fast.

And as I celebrate the last weekend of Pride Month with friends in New York, I’m reminded of how far the LGBTQ community has come – as well as how far there is to go, especially when it comes to discrimination. 

My colleague Edward Segarra wrote this week about GLAAD’s Accelerating Acceptance study released Wednesday, which showed LGBTQ individuals are at an increased risk for discrimination despite more visibility and public understanding.

GLAAD found that 70% of LGBTQ Americans surveyed said discrimination toward the community has increased within the last two years — in the workplace, on social media, in public accommodations and even within families. The annual study measures “Americans’ attitudes and comfortability towards LGBTQ Americans.”

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, says the uptick isn’t surprising, given the recent wave of legislation targeting LGBTQ people. This spans areas such as classroom censorship, book bans, healthcare restrictions and access to school sports. In 2022 alone, nearly 250 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the country.

To read Edward’s full report and learn more, click here.

Seasonal depression isn’t just for winter. Summer can trigger a mood disorder too.

People typically associate it with winter, when colder months and shorter days leave people feeling sluggish, agitated and even hopeless. But seasonal depression can also show up in summer when stifling heat, more sunlight and social stressors overwhelm. 

“Seasonal affective disorder is experiencing symptoms of depression during a particular season,” says Dr. Christine Crawford, associate medical director at The National Alliance on Mental Illness. “The symptoms are severe enough at times to meet criteria for major depressive disorder.”

click here.

Should you exercise first thing in the morning or at night?

In this week’s medical column, board-certified emergency room doctor Michael Daignault discusses a new study about what time is best to exercise. Here’s a bit of what he breaks down:

Whether you’re considering starting a workout regimen or a more seasoned athlete, one of the biggest questions I hear is, “When is the best time to exercise?” Most people are fairly protective of when they exercise. Choosing to exercise in the morning or evening is often a product of a work schedule or childcare responsibilities. Or simply whether one is a “morning person” or a “night owl.”

click here for the full column.

Today’s reads

  • This week’s advice column: I’m married but I feel like a single parent. How can I get my partner to help around the house?
  • What it’s like to divorce a narcissist: One woman’s battle with post separation abuse
  • Are we dating or just friends with benefits? Do I need to label my relationship?
  • What is sugar alcohol? The reduced-calorie sweetener you might not recognize.
  • How long does food poisoning last? What are the symptoms and similar illnesses?

Today’s pets

Meet Bagle, Baguette and Brioche!

Here is a terrific trio known as @carbdogs on Instagram sent in by Erin Lewis of Rye, New York. “@carbdogs love their walks as much as we do! They love barking at the bunnies overtaking our neighborhood and meeting the other pups on the block. With one dog per kid, it’s a full, happy house!”

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