Dr. Brian Mustanski Appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities

ISGMH director, Dr. Brian Mustanski, was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The Advisory Council advises the U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the NIH director, and the director of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) on matters related to the NIMHD’s mission to ensure all populations have equal opportunity to lead healthy lives. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Héctor Carrillo Joins ISGMH for Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture

Dr. Héctor Carrillo recently presented “Rethinking Sexual Migration: Shifting Sexualities and Health Implications” for ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series. With an emphasis on the importance of recognizing the impact social factors have on health, Dr. Carrillo shared themes from his book Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men. Continue Reading ▶︎

Call for Submissions: Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition

ISGMH’s CONNECT Research Program is holding a competition to encourage student research at the intersection of data science and health equity in sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. Three winners will be selected to receive a $500 prize, have their work highlighted in ISGMH’s marketing materials, and an opportunity to present their work at ISGMH in late 2018. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Faculty and Affiliate Faculty Members Receive SPAN Grants

An ISGMH faculty member and two affiliate faculty members were recently awarded research funding from the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN).

ISGMH research assistant professor, Dr. Brian Feinstein, was awarded funding for his proposal, “Bisexual visibility: Understanding motivations, strategies, and perceived success across contexts.” Dr. Feinstein’s project will use two complementary studies to better understand bisexual individuals’ attempts to make their bisexuality visible. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michelle Birkett Speaks at All of Us Research Program Launch

Dr. Michelle Birkett was recently invited to speak at the Chicago launch event for the All of Us Research Program.

In her remarks, Dr. Birkett emphasized the importance of involving communities in research, especially given the historical lack of sexual and gender minorities represented in research. Dr. Birkett highlighted the potential impact of this research, explaining that asking research participants about their sexual orientation and gender identity allows researchers to collect data that can be used to develop community resources to alleviate existing health disparities. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson Presents Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture/Performance

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 ▶︎

ISGMH Responds to Planned CDC Rollback of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

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 ▶︎

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 ▶︎