Dr. Ricky Hill, research program coordinator for the 2GETHER Project, was recently invited to serve on a panel for the Feinberg School of Medicine’s LGBT Safe Space training this April. ISGMH extends our congratulations to Dr. Hill, who has once again proved to be an exceptionally knowledgeable advocate for the SGM community. Continue Reading ▶︎
Francesca Gaiba, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing and research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences, recently published an op-ed on Role Reboot highlighting how prejudice and discrimination aimed at bisexuals can lead to harmful health disparities. Citing research conducted by ISGMH postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎
Health.com, in collaboration with American Academy of Pediatrics recently published an informative article outlining 5 important facts about transgender youth that highlighted the work of Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., director of ISGMH and tenured professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology at Northwestern University.
Francesca Gaiba, PhD, research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences; associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University; and a Public Voices Fellow through The OpEd Project was recently published in Medium speaking about gender binaries.
Dr. Gaiba notes, “The reason we insist on binary definitions for gender answer is likely political-ideological, rather than strictly chromosome-XX-XY biological.” Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎
We are proud to announce that due to ISGMH’s incredible growth over the past year, we have moved to a new floor! ISGMH is happy to now call the 14th floor of 625 N. Michigan Ave home. Our new space is complete with beautiful offices, multiple gender neutral restrooms, and a new open event space that we can’t wait to share with our colleagues and supporters. Continue Reading ▶︎
A long time advocate for equality and proponent of social change, Billie Jean King is a founding board member of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and was in the first class of inductees in the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. Continue Reading ▶︎
PBS published an article on February 20th, 2017 that examined how same-sex marriage laws were linked to a drop in adolescent suicide. Citing analysis in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that in states where same-sex marriages were legalized (prior to the nationwide legalization in 2015), teen suicide attempts dropped by 7 percent. Continue Reading ▶︎
PBS recently published an article featuring the work of Drs. Teresa Woodruff, Courtney Finlayson, and Emilie Johnson, three faculty members associated with ISGMH. The article details the groundbreaking work being done to explore fertility options for transgender patients using cancer research. In addition, the article discusses the often taxing experiences of trans patients seeking options for fertility, including the effects of altering hormone therapy regimens, potentially enduring invasive and distressing medical procedures, and managing expensive costs. Continue Reading ▶︎
Francesca Gaiba, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing and research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences was recently awarded a Provost Grant for Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity. The Provost Grants fund projects that encourage a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus climate at Northwestern University. Continue Reading ▶︎
On December 13, 2016, H.R. 34 (also known as the 21st Century Cures Act) was overwhelmingly passed by the 114th Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Barack Obama. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the bill “cut[s] bureaucratic red tape that slows the progress of science.”  The 21st Century Cures Act helps reduce research delays stemming from the so called Paperwork Reduction Act, gives government scientists more ease in traveling to meetings to learn about recent findings, and increases support for data sharing among NIH sponsored research. Continue Reading ▶︎