Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

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Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

  • ‘My challenge is I have no idea what sex is really like for men, especially for gay men’
  • Parents don’t know what constitutes safe sexual behaviors for LGBTQ teens
  • Parents need resources to help them overcome discomfort in discussing sexual health
  • Supportive relationship with parents is strong predictor of good health behaviors in all teens

CHICAGO — It’s hard enough for parents to have “the talk” about sexual health with their kids, but parents of LGBTQ children feel especially uncomfortable and unequipped when they try to educate them about sex and dating, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Collaborates Across Multiple Departments in Transgender Fertility Study

ISGMH faculty members Dr. Brian Mustanski and Dr. Kathryn Macapagal, as well as research coordinator Maggie Matson, recently co-authored a paper for the Journal of Adolescent Health titled “Attitudes Toward Fertility and Reproductive Health Among Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Adolescents.” The paper expands current knowledge about the reproductive desires of transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) adolescents who may experience infertility following gender-affirming medical care. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ethan Morgan Receives NIH National Research Service Award

We are delighted to announce that ISGMH postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Ethan Morgan, has been awarded the National Institute of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship. This fellowship offers the opportunity to receive full-time postdoctoral research training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

At ISGMH, Dr. Morgan’s research focuses on understanding the longitudinal epidemiology of HIV among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Faculty Contributes to CDPH’s LGBTQ Health Report

On March 26, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH) released the “Healthy Chicago Databook: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health” report, which provides a comprehensive view of sexual and gender minority health in Chicago. In recent years, Mayor Emanuel has taken steps to improve health equity for Chicago’s LGBT community, which comprises 7.5% of the city’s population. Continue Reading ▶︎

LGBT health expert available on new limits for transgender troops

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MEDIA CONTACT: Marla Paul at marla-paul@northwestern.edu or 312-503-8928
MEDIA ADVISORY: March 27, 2018

LGBT health expert available on new limits for transgender troops

CHICAGO — A recent policy recommendation from the Trump administration disqualifies transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition from serving in the military. Continue Reading ▶︎

Funding Opportunity: NIH Administrative Supplements to Expand Research on SGM populations

On March 15, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director announced a new funding opportunity allowing investigators with active NIH awards to request administrative supplements to expand their existing research on Sexual & Gender Minority (SGM) populations. The deadline to apply for a supplement award is May 8, 2018. Continue Reading ▶︎

Romantic relationships buffer gay and lesbian youth from psychological distress

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY NEWS
MEDIA CONTACT: Marla Paul at marla-paul@northwestern.edu or 312-503-8928
FOR RELEASE: Feb. 15, 2018 

Romantic relationships buffer gay and lesbian youth from psychological distress

Bullying doesn’t “hurt” as much when you are in love

  • Parents and friends don’t have same protective effect as romantic partners
  • Romance is associated with higher psychological distress for bisexuals, who face unique stressors
  • Suggests benefits of helping LGBT youth meet in citywide ‘queer proms’ and learn healthy behaviors for dating and romance

CHICAGO — Lesbian and gay youth showed significantly less psychological distress and were buffered against the negative effects of bullying and victimization when they were in a relationship than when they were not, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study conducted in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati. Continue Reading ▶︎

Apply by 2/12 for a Chance to Participate as a RADAR Intern with NIDA’s Summer Research Program

ISGMH’s RADAR project is one of the research studies participating in the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Summer Research Internship Program, which introduces undergraduate students to the field of drug abuse and addiction research through paid internship placements across the country. The internship program is open to all undergraduate applicants, but places priority on recruiting students who are part of groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences (American Indians/Alaska Natives, Black/African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders). Continue Reading ▶︎