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In Need of Fertility Treatment?

IVF Treatment

I Can Help. Growing up in California, I had many friends that were members of the LGBT Community. As I went through my medical training and became enamored with the field of fertility, I knew that one of my missions would be to help some of my wonderful friends become parents. As the leader of LGBT reproductive rights in South Florida, I was the first doctor to eliminate unnecessary medical testing requirements for members of the Lesbian Community undergoing fertility treatment. My goal was to make treatment as easy and friendly as possible, and treat all couples the same, regardless of their sexual preference. In 1997, I became the first doctor in the country to use a newly developed method of washing sperm to make it virus free, to treat HIV discordant couples for fertility. There were many success stories and many children were born free of HIV as a result of these early and groundbreaking treatments. As society has advanced, and technology has changed, I have continued my pioneering work in making fertility treatment affordable and accessible to all. At Palm Beach Fertility Center, all patients are welcomed and listened to and given a chance to have a child, …

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Things That Happen In A Lesbian Relationship

Lesbian Relationships

If you’re a veteran lesbian, chances are you’ve been in at least one long term relationship with a girl. You may have noticed that it was scary and difficult. However, if you are new to the scene and curious about the future, here is a list of things you can expect to find yourself experiencing once you trap the lady love of your life. Olympic drinking Prepare to be constantly tipsy. In your new relationship, you will feel joyously carefree and adopt a devil-may-care attitude, which will make every day with your girlfriend seem like a mini celebration. Going on an autumn walk? Wine in a traveling cup. She just got out of her linguistics final? Shots! You got off work at midnight instead of 2:00 a.m.? A house call with cheap vodka and champagne is in order. You’re so excited to be together you make every day a party, even if it’s a Tuesday afternoon and you have papers to write. Olympic crying Get ready for an onslaught of feelings, girls! You will find new and interesting reasons to be emotional, and therefore take crying to new levels. Cry because she’s the one. Cry because you’re not sure she’s …

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OITNB’s Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli reveal how they came out & fell in love

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morell

Theirs is a love story made in Hollywood — and Astoria, Queens, where “Orange Is the New Black” is made. Writer/producer Lauren Morelli came out in 2014 after falling in love with Samira Wiley, who played Poussey on Netflix’s hit show. They met on the New York City soundstage in 2012, and for the first time are revealing how the magic happened. “We spent four days in a row working together,” Wiley told Out. “Honestly, I thought she was gay the first time I met her.” Wiley has been out for several years, a proud lesbian in a religious family. Her parents are pastors of the first black Baptist church to perform same-sex union ceremonies in Washington, D.C. “I’d already seen Samira’s audition tape and immediately had a crush on her — the complication being that I was married to a man at the time,” Morelli said in the interview with Out. “I came to New York to shoot my first episode. I was on set, sitting in front of the monitors, and she and Lea DeLaria, who plays Big Boo, walked up to me. Our set is like a lesbian utopia, and I remember thinking, They’re flirting with me.” …

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Kids With Lesbian or Gay Parents Do Just Fine

Lesbian Parents

Study finds no differences between children of gay, lesbian or heterosexual couples A long-term study of children adopted by gay and lesbian parents has found that the kids are well-adjusted through middle childhood, researchers say. Nearly 100 two-parent families were included in the study, half had gay or lesbian parents. All had adopted children. The kids were assessed at two points: at preschool age, then five years later. The researchers found no differences between those with same-sex or heterosexual parents. The study focused on behavior problems, stress levels, couple relationships, family function and relationship adjustments over time. “To the best of my knowledge this is the first study that has followed children adopted by lesbian, gay and heterosexual parents over time from early to middle childhood,” said study author Rachel Farr, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky. “Longitudinal research offers insight into what factors may be the best or strongest predictors of children’s development, over and above information that can be gathered at only one time point,” she said. Whatever the parents’ sexual orientation, children in the study had fewer behavior problems over time if adoptive parents said they had less parenting stress, Farr noted. “Higher …

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There are always two sides to every story…

Two Sides

Whenever problems arise in any type of relationship it is always a tale of two sides. He said, she said type of stuff leaving those around the fallout to decipher who’s in the right and who is in the wrong. Justin Bieber’s new song, “Love Yourself” is the typical tale of a man being used for what he has to offer, but what is the other side to that story? Well, that’s a question we will probably never have the answer to but YouTube superstars  Yo Preston and Kelly Kiara crafted this scenario as a possibility…

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How to Pick Your Life Partner – Part 2

Happy-Relationship

By Tim Urban This is Part 2. Part 1 is here. Often, the key to succeeding at something big is to break it into its tiniest pieces and focus on how to succeed at just one piece. From afar, a great marriage is a sweeping love story, like a marriage in a book or a movie. And that’s a nice, poetic way to look at a marriage as a whole. But human happiness doesn’t function in sweeping strokes, because we don’t live in broad summations—we’re stuck in the tiny unglamorous folds of the fabric of life, and that’s where our happiness is determined. So if we want to find a happy marriage, we need to think small—we need to look at marriage up close and see that it’s built not out of anything poetic, but out of 20,000 mundane Wednesdays. Marriage isn’t the honeymoon in Thailand—it’s day four of vacation #56 that you take together. Marriage is not celebrating the closing of the deal on the first house—it’s having dinner in that house for the 4,386th time. And it’s certainly not Valentine’s Day. Marriage is Forgettable Wednesday. Together. So I’ll leave the butterflies and the kisses in the rain and …

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The biggest mistakes people make when choosing a life partner

By Tim Urban To a frustrated single person, life can often feel like this: And at first glance, research seems to back this up, suggesting that married people are on average happier than single people and much happier than divorced people. But a closer analysis reveals that if you split up “married people” into two groups based on marriage quality, “people in self-assessed poor marriages are fairly miserable, and much less happy than unmarried people, and people in self-assessed good marriages are even more happy than the literature reports.” In other words, here’s what’s happening in reality: Dissatisfied single people should actually consider themselves in a neutral, fairly hopeful position, compared to what their situation could be. A single person who would like to find a great relationship is one step away from it, with their to-do list reading, “1) Find a great relationship.” People in unhappy relationships, on the other hand, are three leaps away, with a to-do list of “1) Go through a soul-crushing break-up. 2) Emotionally recover. 3) Find a great relationship.”  Not as bad when you look at it that way, right? All the research on how vastly happiness varies between happy and unhappy marriages makes …

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South Florida Summer, Why We Love It

Summer in South Florida

By: Shelly Allen “Wasted away again in Margaritaville, Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt. Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, But I know it’s nobody’s fault.” Is there any better place to be than South Florida in the summer? Oh sure it’s hot and humid, sticky and sultry, but when all the tourists have gone and the pace slows, the traffic calms, and our favorite places are suddenly much easier to get a seat, it reminds us why we moved to paradise in the first place. If you want hustle and bustle all year round move to New York or LA or any other big city in this country, as for me I’m staying right here. I love South Florida summers. South Florida summers are for relaxing with a pina colada in one hand and sun screen in the other. Your feet resting softly at the edge of the ocean as the waves lap over your legs and the smell of salty air fills your nostrils and your lungs. South Florida summers are so relaxing even the ocean takes a minute to exhale. It’s the best time of year for boaters as the water flattens so …

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What Is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative Law

By Carolann Mazza, P.A. An alternative dispute resolution process for people who are divorcing, who are not married though have children in common, for same-sex couples, and other people who have family related conflicts. [title size=”1″]What Is Collaborative Law?[/title] Collaborative law, also known as collaborative divorce and collaborative practice, is an alternative dispute resolution process for people who are divorcing, who are not married though have children in common, for same-sex couples, and other people who have family related conflicts. It is also for people who wish to enter into pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements and/or cohabitation agreements. Although most commonly known as an alternative dispute resolution method, collaborative law is really a consensual dispute resolution process. This is because a couple must agree (“consent”) to a number of things before entering into a collaborative process to resolve their dispute. First and foremost, the couple must agree and be willing to enter into open and honest discussion about how their conflict will be resolved. This means that they are acknowledging the end of their relationship as it has been and recognizing that the relationship will be different in the future. Their willingness to do this helps them to define how their new relationship will look …

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