Dr. E. Patrick Johnson recently joined ISGMH to present “The Beekeeper: Performing Black Southern Women Who Love Women.” Interweaving his lecture with performances of oral histories, Dr. Johnson shared experiences of black Southern women who desire women. Dr. Johnson highlighted three overlapping themes from his work with black Southern queer women: religion, gender nonconformity, and sexual trauma. Continue Reading ▶︎
On May 17th, an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released news that starting in 2019, states would no longer be given the option to include sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) questions as part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). BRFSS is a population survey that collects behavioral health risk data at the state and local levels and has become a powerful tool for building health promotion activities that address health disparities in marginalized populations like the sexual and gender minority community. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Gregory Phillips II has been selected to lead the Research, Data, and Evaluation committee of the Getting to Zero Illinois initiative. He will serve along with co-chairs Dr. John Schneider at the University of Chicago’s Center for HIV Elimination, Diana Lemos from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and Nanette Benbow from the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Carlos Gallo recently presented “Analyzing linguistic style in text messages for an HIV prevention program” for ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series. Dr. Gallo spoke of the relationship between language expression and health outcomes while detailing the findings from his analysis of linguistic matching in Guy2Guy (G2G), an early IMPACT Program intervention. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Jeremy Birnholtz joined ISGMH on April 10th to present the first lecture in the Social Media Working Group (SMWG) lecture series.
In his talk titled “Remember When Nobody Knew You Were a Dog? Anonymity, Identity and Location in Online Social Environments,” Dr. Birnholtz discussed his past and present work regarding identity and social media. Continue Reading ▶︎
Network Canvas recently welcomed researchers, students, and academics to their Open House on March 27th. Guests enjoyed short presentations from key project leaders while having the opportunity to demo Network Canvas software on various devices. Project leaders made themselves available to answer questions about the software’s design, functionality, and data collection methodology. Continue Reading ▶︎
Northwestern’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) recently released the 2017 Northwestern Diversity and Inclusion report detailing efforts to promote a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment at the university. ISGMH was highlighted among efforts to enrich the university through “education and training aimed at developing cultural competence and creating an environment which embraces differences.” The report applauded ISGMH’s far-reaching educational events, SGM-related grant funding, and multi-stall gender-neutral bathroom. Continue Reading ▶︎
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) recently released their 2016 Portfolio Analysis summarizing the NIH’s 2016 investment in sexual and gender minority research in terms of disease area/health condition investigated, funding mechanisms, and research project location.
The analysis also reported research funding by institution. Continue Reading ▶︎
Several ISGMH staff members recently presented posters at the 14th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day hosted by the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Research Day is a campus-wide event promoting professional and academic development by providing staff and faculty with a platform to showcase their emerging research.
With the support of ISGMH faculty, ten ISGMH staff members presented posters at Research Day:
- Louisa Baidoo, research assistant: Race and Gender Identity Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minorities
- Kitty Buehler, research study coordinator: Characteristics of Mentors Identified by a Sample of Young MSM
- Antonia Clifford, project director: Partner violence profiles among sexual minority men & transgender women
- Shariell Crosby, research study assistant: Negative Impacts of Traumatic Experiences in a SGM AFAB Sample
- Ashley Kraus, postdoctoral fellow: Descriptive analyses of SGM youth healthcare experiences
- Yamari Lewis, previous ISGMH intern: Does Bisexual pride buffer the impact of stigma on depression?
On April 11th, Dr. Kathryn Macapagal will be speaking at Virginia Tarlow, M.D. Grand Rounds in the Northwestern Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She will present “Ethical issues in research and healthcare for sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth” which will incorporate insights from several ISGMH studies related to ethics and SGM youth research. Continue Reading ▶︎