How do gay and bisexual men feel about their privacy when using apps? Not great.

Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing Press Release


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Earlier this year, it was revealed that Facebook had provided a political firm with personal data on hundreds of millions of users. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michelle Birkett Selected for the New Voices Cohort of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

We are pleased to announce that ISGMH’s Dr. Michelle Birkett, assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and director of the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research Program, has been appointed to the National Academies’ New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine cohort. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Submits Formal Response to Proposed Changes to the National Crime Victimization Survey

The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics has requested a revision to the National Crime Victimization Survey information collection that raises the minimum age at which respondents will be administered questions on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Since July 2016, self-report data on sexual orientation and gender identity have been collected from all sampled persons age 16 or older. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Receives APA Division 44 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training

We are delighted to announce that the American Psychological Association has selected ISGMH’s Director, Dr. Brian Mustanski, as the recipient of the Division 44 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training. Division 44, the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, grants this award to those who have made outstanding contributions to disseminating science and scholarship on LGBTQ issues. Continue Reading ▶︎

Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

MEDIA CONTACT: Marla Paul at or 312-503-8928

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 ▶︎