Articles written by: Jan Kaminsky

Jan is the Executive Director of a School of Nursing and a PICU/NICU/Peds nurse. She has been in her field since age 7, when she accepted the job as second grade class nurse at P.S. 139 in Brooklyn, New York. Her research and writing interests include health care and access, Nursing, and the most vulnerable populations of children including gender non-conforming children and their siblings, children of incarcerated parents, and children in the PICU setting. In her spare time, she is raising her own three children in suburban New Jersey while staying madly in love with her beautiful wife.

Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community
Health & Wellness / Life

Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community

There is an assumption among many people that queer relationships are somehow immune to domestic abuse. The silence caused by assumptions can be deadly.

Protecting the Next Generation from HIV           
Health & Wellness / Life

Protecting the Next Generation from HIV           

What can we do as parents to protect queer youth from HIV?

The LGBT Community and Aging: Special Considerations and Resources
Health & Wellness / Life

The LGBT Community and Aging: Special Considerations and Resources

Amazingly enough, even LGBT folks are subject to the natural forces of aging.

PHOTO CREDIT: FAMOUS GAY SHIRT
Health & Wellness / Life

Improving our Collective Mental Health by Remembering our Collective Past

We queers have a long and storied history, much of which has been buried, disposed of, forgotten, or never recorded in the first place. Sordid underground affairs carried out in the dark of night to protect the participants from violence and hate have given way to legal marriage and an […]

Photo credit: CJ Prince
Identity / Life

Why Pride?

After 20 years, why is Pride still important?

Denee Mallon, at the center of an appeals case for Medicare to consider coverage of transgender care - Craig Fritz, AP
Health & Wellness / Life

BREAKING NEWS: Medicare Exclusions for Transgender Care Lifted       

Since the 1980s, Medicare has excluded transgender care from its plan, denying coverage to people with disabilities and elderly people needing this essential and life-affirming care regardless of medical necessity. This week, an appeals panel of the Department of Health and Human Services lifted the denial, opening the doors for […]

ACA for the LGBTQ
Health & Wellness / Life

ACA for the LGBTQ

The Affordable Care Act was designed to increase access to health care for more Americans, and that includes the chronically underserved LGBTQ community.

Keeping Our Gender Creative Children Healthy
Health & Wellness / Life

Keeping Our Gender Creative Children Healthy

The distinction between gender and sexual orientation continues to be confusing for some. The simplest definition that I have appreciated is that gender is who you are, and sexual orientation is who you want to be with as a partner.

Spring Cleaning for Queer Mental Health    
Advice / Health & Wellness / Life

Spring Cleaning for Queer Mental Health    

It is finally Spring! The season of redemption and rebirth, family time, and Seder and Easter tables. Spring is the time we deep clean our homes, gather all that we no longer need or use, and expunge the clutter that holds us back. At this time of year, is it […]

Using Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression Data in Research and Health Care
Health & Wellness / Life

Using Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression Data in Research and Health Care

The last time you went to a health care provider, whether it was for an ingrown toenail or a sexually transmitted infection, did the provider ask you questions about your sexuality or gender?