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Cheers to your health! To misquote Benjamin Franklin, â€œEarly to bed and early to rise, makes a queer healthy, wealthy, and wise.â€ Alright, Ben, the whole â€œearlyâ€ thing doesn't work for a lot of us -- and let's not even get started on the idea of getting wealthy in this economy, regardless of what time we lay our pretty heads down to rest. Much of this issue looks at ways we can all increase our wellness, be it by finding a queer-competent doctor, learning empowering self-defense techniques, paddling down the Willamette with the gals, playing with balls with the boys, or embracing ourselves for who we are and how we look. (Hey, good ol' Ben was bald and pudgy, and he did all right for himself, both professionally and with the ladies.) So, what is wellness to you and how do you seek/achieve/maintain it? What barriers do you face in reaching your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual peak? Chime in at PQMonthly.com, on our Facebook page, or by sending us a letter to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd really love to hear from you! -The PQ Monthly Team
Cover StoryFrom Water to Mississippi to Salem: The journey (so far) of Kendall Clawson
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Kari Greene on hate crimes, self-defense, and self-love Queer youth find safe havens Gay & Grey welcomes aging boomers with fourth annual expo Closing the gap: Addressing LGBTQ health disparities from both sides
From balls to paddles and back to balls â€” itâ€™s a big, gay, sporty springThe doctor is out: Wendy and Carol Blenning work together to advocate for LGBTQ health Seven Star Acupuncture and Apothecary emphasizes accessible healing