Incarcerated LGBTQ+ people at Shakopee, a state prison in Minnesota, ended a no-touch policy and have pushed for trans men to receive hormones. Still, a homophobic, transphobic culture persists, especially among the staff and administration. A person can still be punished for a simple high-five at Shakopee. Located in Scott County, the only “women’s” facility in the state implemented a no-touch policy eight years ago that punished any incarcerated person who touched another incarcerated person.
It might seem natural, but figuring out how to fall asleep can sound easier than it feels in practice, and young people especially can struggle with falling asleep, staying asleep, and getting enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends teens get between 8 and 10 hours of slumber per night. However, sleep deprivation among teens is on the rise.
One of the earliest memories I have of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is rocking back and forth on the toilet bowl, screaming and crying. I didn’t understand why my stomach felt like a washing machine spin cycle. Despite my symptoms, I didn't get my first colonoscopy until years later. As a teenager, I struggled with my digestive health daily.