Betsy Rubinstein

Betsy Rubinstein has written 11 posts for The L Stop

A Life Outside the Gender Binary: Interview with Lauren Lubin

Whether or not we are conscious of it, the gender binary (i.e. the notion that one’s gender can only be one of two distinct varieties – male or female, and that it is necessarily dictated by the sex one was assigned at birth) exists everywhere in our society and we experience it every day. From […]

Breast & Ovarian Cancer Facts

Some “you should know” facts about breast and ovarian cancer – share with your loved ones! Learn more about LCCP @Howard Brown! Ovarian Cancer Facts Breast Cancer Facts Breast and Ovarian Cancer: The Facts – A Panel Discussion Getting the facts can save your life, and here’s your opportunity to learn more! On January 14th […]

De-Stress Yourself this Holiday Season

We all know the holidays can be stressful! Maybe you’re contemplating coming out to your family, or bringing your partner home to meet your folks for the first time. Maybe your relatives are not supportive, and you don’t feel safe or welcome at home. Or, maybe you’re in over your head with the list of […]

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Are You Aware?

We’re all very familiar with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s when everyone starts wearing the pink ribbons and buying pink accessories, shoe laces, and drawstring bags. It’s the month when all of your friends can get away with having “Save the boobies!” and “Feel your chest!” branded across their t-shirts. It’s easy to buy pink […]

Have You Bought Your Tickets to Howard Brown Health Center’s Garden of Eve?

Do you have your tickets yet to the hottest women’s event of the year? This year’s Garden of Eve event, which benefits women’s health and wellness services at Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC), will be held at the beautiful River East Art Center (435 E. Illinois St.) in downtown Chicago on Friday, September 14th, from […]

LBTQ Veterans and Active Duty Needs Assessment Survey

According to data from the American Community Survey and General Social Survey, it is estimated that 48,500 lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people are “serving on active duty or in the ready reserve, and an additional 22,000 are in the standby and retired reserve forces, accounting for approximately 2.2 percent of military personnel.” Additionally, over […]

LGBTQ Family Fair: Have PRIDE in Your Family

The month of June is an exciting time to be LGBTQ in Chicago. Nearly every night of the week, we can find street festivals, fundraisers, educational forums, concerts, film screenings and other events that celebrate the uniqueness, beauty and diversity of the LGBTQ community. This year, Howard Brown Health Center is teaming up with Center […]

Obamacare: How the Affordable Care Act Benefits LGBT People

The U.S. Supreme Court will be ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare”) in June. This decision will determine whether the nation will undergo the largest advance in our healthcare system since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in the ‘60s. ¹ Getting informed about the tenets of the Obama administration’s […]

Love Yourself. Love Others. Practice SAFER SEX. Get TESTED.

There is a misconception among some women and even some healthcare providers that lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women are at little or no risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office on Women’s Health, there are some STIs that are more easily […]

National Nutrition Month and its Importance for Queer Women

Eating right and getting the facts about how to maintain a healthy diet can be daunting. Everywhere we look, we are bombarded with messages about why we should be eating certain foods and “quick-fix” weight loss schemes. I’m sure you are familiar with the marketing plugs promoting low-carb meal options, antioxidant-filled beverages, free-range eggs, and […]