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HealthCetera is moving on: from fm radio to podcast

By Editorial Staff

August 10, 2017

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Editorial Staff

Human Rights, Pride, and the Russian Divide

By Editorial Staff

July 27, 2017

By Sarah Lobo

Edited by Kristi Westphaln


June and July have hosted many fantastic events across the United States in celebration and support of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus) community. As these events draw to a close, it remains important to keep human rights on the forefront of policy discussions. While many people promote and accept the LGBTQ+ community, oppression and discrimination represent significant challenges.


Russian law hosts some of the strongest discrimination towards the LGBTQ+ community. Homosexuality was classified as a mental illness until 1999 and gay rights forums were banned in Moscow until 2006. This past year at the Women’s March in Moscow, young people displaying rainbow flags were arrested due to “promoting” the LGBTQ+ community. Russia’s current view on LGBTQ+ issues has caused the government to continuously ban Moscow Pride since its original launch date in May 2006. Additionally, it remains illegal to distribute any LGBTQ+ related materials to minors.


In 2014, Russia passed an Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill that prevented LGBTQ+ children from accessing support groups and information by a 436-0 vote. This bill attempted to sever access to support resources for LGBTQ+ teenagers, including Children-404 and Children-404 helps by creating online forums for LGBTQ+ teenagers. They publish real, anonymous letters from Russian who share their lives, interactions, and experiences. strives to assist the Russian LGBTQ+ community via initiating events and marches to raise awareness for the LGBTQ+ population. has attempted to organize Moscow Pride marches, however this has been outlawed and deemed punishable via physical torture by the Russian government.’s motto, “Gay Equality, No Compromise,” perfectly shows their message and mission. These organizations are two of the many that demand change. They need help. Only the people of the world can bring about change. This issue cannot go unchecked and needs to be fixed NOW. If you aren’t convinced, go to Children-404’s website and read a few of their letters:


“Parents, when did you disavow your child? Why did you betray your determination to be there for them, to protect and support? Who are you to your child now, when you found out he’s different: a chastener, a ruthless judge, a detached boring preacher? You promised to love your child ALWAYS, WHATEVER HAPPENS, probably BEFORE HE WAS EVEN BORN, so why did you break your promise? Why do you demand from your child to be responsible for something you cannot change without causing harm? Are you sure you can change the sexuality of your grown-up children? Are you sure your life priorities are placed in the right order?”Anonymous Letter, January 16, 2015, Children 404


World humanitarian rights are typically championed by the United Nations. Currently, the United Nations allows member countries to individually ratify its edicts, including the one concerning LGBTQ+ rights. This contributes to the sluggish passage of humanitarian rights in many countries.  Additionally, many countries avoid passing certain edicts due to concerns regarding accountability for previous actions. Once a country passes a law or definition agreed upon by the United Nations, they are bound to acknowledge and respond accordingly. That action may require reparations, a formal apology, or sometimes more drastic measures as was the case when Germany formally accepted the UN’s definition of genocide after the Holocaust.


Russia is not alone. Just today, President Trump announced plans to ban transgender individuals from serving in the United States military. I am not proud that human rights are not always a first priority in many countries throughout the world. However, I’m hopeful that equity and equality will prevail when human rights are made the priority and love becomes the ultimate agenda.


This blog is authored bySarah Lobo, high school student, human rights advocate, and Healthcetera intern. Sarah and her friend, Parker Russ, have created a video depicting the challenges of Russian LGBTQ+ youth. Please check it out here:


Editorial Staff

HealthCetera Radio: New Name, Same Solid Health Reporting

By Barbara Glickstein

September 17, 2015


The radio show formerly known as Healthstyles is now HealthCetera. Consistently delivering our listeners solid health reporting. 


Barbara Glickstein hosts today’s program, Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. She ushers in our new name, HealthCetera.

Elder abuse is an oft-hidden but very real problem for older adults. It is estimated that nearly one in ten older New Yorkers are victims of physical, verbal, emotional, or financial abuse or neglect. In reality, that number is likely much higher – a recent study by New York State found a dramatic gap between the number of events reported and the number of cases actually making their way through the legal system.


Project LEAP, is an elder abuse prevention and intervention project from JASA – Jewish Association Serving the Aging. It’s making a difference by pairing specially trained attorneys and social workers to identify, eliminate, and prevent elder abuse. Is it working? Healthstyles co-producer Liz Seegert sat down with one of the program’s attorney-social work teams to find out.



This segment was produced by Liz Seegert. Liz interviews Donna Dougherty, a JASA attorney for legal services for the elderly in Queens, and Martha Pollack, Manhattan District Director of JASA. To find out more about the LEAP Project and elder abuse and other senior services in your community, call JASA at 212.273.5272 or email them at You can also visit their website at


Global nurse leaders innovating with new technologies are having an impact in managing conditions, saving lives and reducing health care costs. The second segment of today’s show is a rebroadcast of my interview with Suellen Miller,PhD, RN, CNM, MHA, who is a nurse midwife, researcher and innovator. Dr. Miller is Director of the Safe Motherhood Program at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at University of California San Francisco. Hear how she adapted a piece of ambulance equipment into a useful tool for women dying of childbirth-related hemorrhage in developing countries. The Lifewrap is a low-cost, low-technology, first-aid device to treat postpartum hemorrhaging, and saves women’s lives in remote towns and villages globally.


HealthCetera can be heard on WBAI Pacifica Radio 99.5 FM every Thursday, and streamed online at


Barbara Glickstein
Barbara is a founder of the Center for Health, Media & Policy, as well as a nurse, media guru & activist in New York City. She is the chairman of the board of Project Kesher and a consultant to many health care organizations and creative projects. Barbara tweets and 'grams @blickstein.