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 ▶︎

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 ▶︎

EDIT Director Named Co-Chair of the Getting to Zero Illinois Initiative’s Research, Data, and Evaluation Committee

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 Presents Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture

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 ▶︎