When the pose is over, they will often emit some hideous but presumably cathartic howl. I always want to say to those people, “The auditions for the high-school production of The Trojan Women are in the Lotus Room today,” but I don’t think I need to tell you that your basic yoga overachiever does not have the greatest sense of humor. Then, when class is over, and everyone does that weird little bow, the Yoga Overachiever will bow down for, roughly, an hour. Seriously. You will have already taken your own little I’m-so-spiritual-and-humble-before-the Creator bow, put on your flip-flops (good job!), hightailed it away from the would-be hugger/soul blenders, made and consumed a meal, masturbated to some violent pornography and be just about to crawl into bed with the fall Anthropologie catalog, and they remain on the floor in the yoga studio, thanking God for making them, well, them.
“Honestly, my first reaction to this was I was glad they’re not making Bert and Ernie a married couple because I think Bert can do better. Ernie’s kind of a jerk to Bert. You know, he tricks him, he lies to him, he steals his pizza. It’s not a loving adult relationship to me, frankly.”—
One Colorado gathering information on health care needs of LGBT Coloradans
On August 1, One Colorado Education Fund launched a survey to gather data regarding the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Coloradans.
The survey seeks to document how LGBT people access health care systems throughout the state and how they’re treated when they do so. The survey follows a previous study that found that almost 40 percent of respondents are not very open about their sexual orientation with health care providers because they fear how they will be treated.
Once the survey is completed, One Colorado Education Fund will use the data to advocate for LGBT Coloradans with policy makers, medical associations and health funders to improve access to competent, compassionate health care for LGBT Coloradans.
The anonymous survey, which will be delivered online and in print in both English and Spanish, will run until August 26. Respondents may enter a drawing to win one of 20 $25 prizes.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment urges you to respond to this survey in support of our partnership with One Colorado and our increasing effort to learn more about the health care needs and barriers of LGBT Coloradans. The department recently launched the year-long LGBT Health Outcomes Planning Project (HOPP) to work with statewide partners to produce a strategic plan that prioritizes concrete steps and funding mechanisms to reduce disparities and advance LGBT health. Contact Julie at the email address below to participate in or learn more about HOPP.