Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing; Tenured Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology at Northwestern was recently featured in an article from Family Youth Services Bureau’s National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth addressing sexual health disparities in transgender and gender nonconforming youth. The article detailed Dr. Mustanski’s Queer Sex Ed project as an example of an inclusive sexual health promotion program addressing the unique needs of sexual and gender minority youth. Queer Sex Ed is an online program using gender-neutral language to teach users about topics such as condom use, coming out, sexual identity, healthy relationships, pleasure, and more while providing users with resources on local HIV testing and birth control. Dr. Mustanski and the Queer Sex Ed research team developed the intervention to study the use of the Internet as a tool for gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth sexual health promotion.
In addition to highlighting the Queer Sex Ed study, Dr. Mustanski offered advice and resources to parents and educators seeking to promote inclusive sexual health education for sexual and gender minority youth. The full National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth article can be read here.