Study Finds Married LGBT Older Adults are Healthier, Happier

Same-sex marriage has been the law of the land for nearly two years - and in some states for even longer - but researchers can already detect positive health outcomes among couples who have tied the knot, a University of Washington study finds. For years, studies have linked marriage with happiness among heterosexual couples. But a study from the UW School of Social Work is among the first to explore the potential benefits of marriage among LGBT couples. It is part of a national, groundbreaking longitudinal study with a representative sample of LGBT older adults, known as "Aging [...]

Gentlemen’s Consignment Offers Quality Menswear at Affordable Prices

Kelly Pepper used to be a large man. "Then about eight years ago I had gastric bypass surgery and lost 145 pounds," Pepper said proudly. Like many who experience such drastic weight loss, Pepper suddenly found himself left with a closet of clothes he could no longer wear. "Somebody suggested I consign my clothes," Pepper recalled. "I didn't even know what consignment meant. So I looked it up and I went on a search for a consignment store for men. I couldn't find one anywhere and that's when I thought to myself, 'I can't be the only one [...]

View From the Bottom: The Color of Marriage

Until We All Can Reap the Benefits of Marriage, We Haven't Won Marriage Equality If you Google search Rev. Roland Stringfellow, you'll find a picture of him in his religious robing speaking to a sea of people on Castro Street in San Francisco, California, circa 2008. Stringfellow lived in San Francisco Bay Area when then Mayor Gavin Newsome directed the city's county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004. The window to get married was brief between Newsome's directive and the California Supreme Court's nullification of the resulting marriages. Nevertheless, the gay community persisted. The [...]

Identities Affirmed with Gender-Bending Wedding Apparel

Local Tux Shop Owners Understand Glitter and Tulle Isn't for Everyone When Birdie Buckley-Ball was planning to walk down the aisle with her wife Megan, she never even considered wearing a dress. But a dearth of clothing tailored to women with Buckley-Ball's taste, as well as butch women, transgender men, and gender non-conforming individuals has made finding a tuxedo or a suit to properly fit their bodies challenging and expensive. "I always wear clothes that make me feel comfortable and make me confident," Buckley-Ball explained. "For me, that was always pants and shirts. So for your big day [...]

Attendees at Wedding Expo Express ‘Relief’ to Find Welcoming LGBT-Friendly Businesses

The seventh annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo, hosted on Sunday by Between The Lines at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, drew a crowd of more than 600 people who came out to visit with more than 100 LGBT-friendly vendors. In addition, the Expo featured three fashion shows, live entertainment, special guests, food and cake tastings, and plenty of giveaways. "There were a lot of goodies," said Christy Amon, who attended the Expo for the first time with her fiance Michelle Abraham. "It was a lot of fun. We've been to other expos and there were [...]

How to Find the Right Officiant for Your Wedding

It’s one of the hardest decisions couples planning to tie the knot have to make: Who should officiate the ceremony? Some attend church regularly and have faith leaders who for them are an obvious choice. But for many more couples, finding just the right person to join them as one is a challenge. Finding the right officiant - one who can tailor make a wedding service to remember - isn’t as difficult as one might imagine. It really comes down to comparison shopping and taking the time to meet with two or three potential officiants to find the [...]

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