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Nearly 1 in 10 Trans Americans Use Non-Prescription Hormones

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Nearly 1 in 10 transgender Americans are inclined to use non-prescription hormones when uninsured or denied by their insurance company.

What We Know:

  • Gender-affirming hormones are a necessity in many of trans-American’s lives. If not taken under proper care, they can cause abrupt health issues. This risk does not stop the large population of the trans community that is unable to receive the proper medical care. The Annals of Family Medicine research published this month displayed an estimated 75,000 people using non-prescription hormones.
  • In 2015 the U.S. Transgender Survey carried out the largest survey ever dedicated to the lives and experiences of trans people with almost 28,000 respondents. The survey listed its respondents as those who “identified as transgender, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and other identities on the transgender identity spectrum, in order to encompass a wide range of transgender identities…” 78% of overall participants wished to receive hormone therapy-while only 49% ever had. Within that percentage, 95% of those who identified as a transgender man or woman revealed they wanted hormone therapy. 
  • The trans community has never been a stranger to discrimination in society. Lack of insurance coverage is simply another way trans people are often overlooked. Numerous transgender Americans have shared their unfortunate experiences dealing with the healthcare system. The survey found 33% of respondents who were able to see a health care provider had negative outcomes due to being transgender. Cecilia Gentili, principal at Transgender Equity Consulting, shared with NBC News, “Every time I go to someone who’s not my doctor, I get misgendered, I get uncomfortable questions. So if I’m not dying, I’m not going to the doctor.”
  • 14% of respondents were uninsured, compared to 11% of adults in the U.S. population. Even with insurance, their claims for gender-affirming hormones are frequently denied. Currently, only 24 states maintain explicit guidelines instructing private insurance companies to cover gender-affirming treatments, as stated by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. Still, with insurance coverage, issues arise for trans people who sometimes must prove treatments are vital to their life.
  • Too many uninsured and underinsured trans individuals are forced to take hormones from unlicensed sources putting their health in danger. The medication is meant to be regulated by a professional who controls dosages and checks the components of hormones ingested. Some hormone therapy increases the risk of having a stroke, heart problems, have been linked to blood clots in the lungs, and even breast cancer.

Lead author of this month’s Annal Family Medicine report and OB-GYN with Michigan Medicine, Dr. Daphna Stroumsa, told CNN “Health care systems and physicians and health care providers have so often failed trans people, either with direct discrimination or ignorance of trans people’s health care needs. We need to fix that.”

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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