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Depression - picture of a depressed or worried black male

Depression’s Peculiar Grip on Black LGBTQs, Part Two

     The second part of the exclusive series I’ve crafted for the Huffington Post has just been published!  The series, entitled“Depression’s Peculiar Grip on Black LGBTQs, Part Two,” explores how depression can have a disproportionate impact on, and different ramifications for Black LGBTQ individuals. 

     In this installment, I discuss in detail exactly how and why depression is so stigmatized in the black community as a whole.  And, it serves as the jumping off point into my first major bout with the disease.   

     http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wyatt-obrian-evans/depressions-peculiar-grip-on-black-lgbtqs-part-two_b_7118068.html

Man standing over another man who is crying - domestic violence

It’s Purple Month!

     In my continuing recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’m presenting my Huffington Post article on how this special observance came to be.  It’s a fascinating and moving unfolding and evolution of events.  Visit:  www.huffingtonpost.com/wyatt- obrian-evans/its-purple-month_ b_4054859.html

 

Drinking and HIV

Kickin’ One Back May Be One Too Many

      Some time ago, I wrote a Huffington Post Gay Voices column entitled, “Kickin’ One Back May Be One Too Many.”  The piece deals with such an important and timely issue, that I’ve decided to re-introduce it. 

     So, here it is:  in a group of U.S. men who have sex with men (MSM), heavy drinking plus having more than one unprotected receptive anal intercourse partner in the past two years doubled the risk of acquiring the HIV virus.  And check this out: heavy drinking alone raised the risk of HIV infection by a whopping 60 percent. 

     The impact of heavy drinking on HIV infection –with or without unprotected receptive anal intercourse—is not well understood.  Therefore, to address these issues, Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) investigators studied 3,725 HIV-negative men enrolled in the cohort from 1984-2008.  

     MACS is the first and largest study specifically created to examine the natural history of AIDS.  Now in its third decade, this study involves nearly 7,000 MSM nationwide.  MACS is ongoing at four institutions:  UCLA, Northwestern University in Chicago, the University of Pittsburgh, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  With 2,000 participants, the UCLA site is the largest.  And amazingly, after more than 25 years, the cumulative dropout rate is less than 15 percent.  This reflects the participants’ high level of commitment and interest. 

     These men self-reported their drinking habits and the number of unprotected receptive anal intercourse partners.  They reported drinking a median of eight drinks weekly, and 30 percent reported having multiple unprotected receptive anal intercourse partners in the past two years.  During 35, 870 person-years of follow-up, 529 men became infected with HIV. 

     Statistical analysis determined that heavy drinking—in excess of 14 drinks weekly—raised the risk of HIV infection 61 percent.  Among men with zero or one unprotected receptive anal intercourse partner in the past two years, heavy drinking did not significantly affect risk of HIV acquisition.  However, among men with two or more partners, heavy drinking doubled the risk of infection. 

     According to the researchers, their findings “suggest that alcohol interventions to reduce heavy drinking among men who have sex with men should be integrated into existing HIV prevention activities.” 

     This study resonates so strongly with me because my ex-partner Alonzo, whom I wrote about in a Huffington Post Gay Voices column entitled “It’s (Just) The Way That I Love You,” was, on occasion, a heavy drinker.  And nearing the end of our monogamous relationship, his drinking became even more excessive.  Alonzo suffered from chronic depression, which certainly contributed to overindulging. 

     After we parted, Alonzo’s drinking worsened.  It’s my understanding that that excess caused him to engage in unsafe sex.  Subsequently, he contracted HIV, which developed into full-blown AIDS. 

     And with breakneck speed, the disease ravaged this robust, muscular man.  And sadly, as a result of AIDS-related complication, Alonzo passed away in 1996. 

     In the coming months, I’ll be exploring and writing about LGBTQ depression, particularly in African-American men.

Musical Artist: Crisean

The Uniqueness and the Boldness of Crisean

Greetings! My latest HUFFINGTON POST column has just been published! It’s a profile of CRISEAN (pronounced “Cris-Shawn”), the openly gay, multi-talented, emerging musical artist who was a recent guest on The WOE Show. Engaging and reflective, Crisean has an intriguing and affecting story to tell.

Visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wyatt-obrian-evans/the-uniqueness-and-the-bo_b_5665907.html

My Special V-Day Gift for You

Happy V-Day, Y’all! My newest HUFFINGTON POST article has been published! 

Entitled, “My Special V-Day Gift For You,” it’s my practical contribution to this special day: the SEVEN factors responsible for the failure of gay relationships. Truly fascinating reading!

Visit: www.huffingtonpost.com/wyatt-obrian-evans/my-special-vday-gift-for-_b_4756819.html

 

 

Wyatt Obrian Evans poster Seminars & Workshops on IPV/A

The Network/La Red

Later this year, I’ll be conducting seminars and workshops across the country on Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse, which is stigmatized and grossly under reported in the LGBTQ Community.

As I prepare for these events, I’ll be acknowledging noteworthy IPV/A organizations for the Huffington Post.  Read my recent feature on one such organization, Boston’s The Network/La Red: Here is the my Huffington Post article.

Maco L. Faniel

Huffington Post article on Maco L. Faniel

Greetings! My latest Huffington Post article, “Maco L. Faniel, Hip-Hop in Houston Author, Talks Hip-Hop in Homophobia,” has been published! It’s a review of the new tome that chronicles Houston’s hip-hop culture. Substantive, poignant and engrossing, Hip-Hop in Houston provides a deeper, fuller understanding and a better appreciation of the genre as a whole.

Visit: www.huffingtonpost.com/wyatt-obrian-evans/maco-l-faniel-hip-hop-in-houston_b_4334359.html

The Huffington Post

Great News, My Friends!

The Huffington Post

My multi-part series on Intimate Partner Violence/Abuse (domestic violence/abuse) has been published in the HUFFINGTON POST! This in-depth series is entitled, “It’s (Just) the Way that I Love You.”

I’m very pleased to announce that I’m a regular columnist with such an esteemed and venerable publication! Please visit the link here.

Please share your thoughts below after reading it.