To round out this festive Pride Month, ISGMH welcomed guests for the Annual Reception and New Floor Grand Opening. This event took place on ISGMH’s brand new 14th floor at 625 N. Michigan Ave.
Dr. Francesca Gaiba, ISGMH associate director and research associate professor in Department of Medical Social Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, welcomed the approximately 100 guests to the reception and grand opening. Dr. Gaiba applauded Northwestern University’s commitment to supporting ISGMH and thanked all who worked tirelessly to create such a state of the art office for the institute. Dr. Gaiba spoke of ISGMH’s dedication to socially just values and shared how the institute has undergone incredible growth, almost doubling in size in the past year!
Dr. Brian Mustanski concluded the addresses by thanking the guests and community partners for their continual support. He spoke of ISGMH’s commitment to supporting and encouraging young LGBTQ researchers and leaders, as well as advancing research on the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority populations.
Guests and staff were treated to powerful spoken word performances from Atlantis Island and Malia Santiago from the Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP).
YEPP creates a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and to celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece.
ISGMH would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who made this event possible. Thank you to Malia Santiago and Atlantis Island for the moving performances and to YEPP for their continued partnership. ISGMH would also like the thank the generous support from Northwestern University, our donors, and community partners for fostering the success of health and wellbeing of LGBTQ people both in Chicago and across the nation. We are so honored by your continued commitment. Thank you.