Queertopia Conference Accepting Abstract Submissions Until 1/4/19

On March 2, 2019, the Northwestern University Queer Pride Graduate Student Association (QPGSA) will host its 12th annual Queertopia Conference. Queertopia is an event that offers graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, activists, organizers, artists, and community practitioners the opportunity to build intellectual community and interrogate questions about gender and sexuality through art practice and performance, popular and academic research, and community engagement. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Ashley Kraus Selected as a NUCATS Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health Fellow

ISGMH and MSS postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Ashley Kraus, was selected as a Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health fellow through the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS). This NIH-funded fellowship addresses the need for well-trained scientists in child and adolescent health, equipping them with the tools to succeed and retaining their commitment to be independent investigators. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Affiliate Dr. Hendricks Brown Receives NIMH Grant to Study SGM Youth Suicide Prevention

Compared to their non-sexual and gender minority (SGM) peers, SGM youth are disproportionally affected by suicide. ISGMH affiliate faculty member Dr. Hendricks Brown recently was awarded funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to address this disparity with a new project investigating existing suicide prevention programs.

This project will compare the effectiveness of prevention programs that target suicide directly with programs that target a range of risk factors for suicide. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Kathryn Macapagal Featured in Northwestern News Profile on Sexuality Research

Dr. Kathryn Macapagal was recently featured in a Northwestern News round table discussion on interdisciplinary sexuality research at Northwestern. In conversation with Dr. Jennifer Nash and ISGMH affiliate faculty members Drs. Héctor Carrillo and Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian, Dr. Macapagal discussed the growth of the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN), emerging themes in current sexuality research, and the importance of using an intersectional lens to study sexuality. Continue Reading ▶︎

2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

On behalf of The LGBT Community Fund of The Chicago Community Trust, Morten Group has launched the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment. The data collected will directly inform the LGBT Community Fund’s funding priorities (they’ve given nearly $1 million to various organizations serving Chicagoland’s LGBTQ+ people and communities over the past five years), and the results of the assessment will also be made available to the community, so local leaders and organizations can turn data into action right away. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Kathryn Macapagal Named Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellow

Dr. Kathryn Macapagal was recently accepted into the 2018-2019 cohort of the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program.

Presented by Northwestern University and The Op-Ed Project, the Public Voices Fellowship Program amplifies voices of traditionally underrepresented scholars through Thought Leadership Seminars, dedicated coaching and editing support, media gatekeeper calls, and high-level mentoring. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Lauren Beach Attends LGBTQ Cultural Competency Summit

Dr. Lauren Beach, ISGMH postdoctoral research fellow, recently attended the first National LGBTQ Cultural Competency Summit. The Summit was hosted in Washington, DC from October 5-6, 2018 and organized by Whitman-Walker Health and the National LGBT Cancer Network.

Dr. Beach was personally invited to the Summit due to her expertise in designing curriculum for and delivering LGBTQ cultural competency trainings to diverse healthcare providers. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Lauren Beach Appointed Associate Director of EDIT Program

Dr. Lauren Beach, ISGMH postdoctoral research fellow, was recently appointed to be the new associate director of the Evaluation, Data Integration and Technical Assistance (EDIT) program. A dedicated scholar and activist, Dr. Beach will play a critical role in continuing to grow the EDIT program’s capacity and reach, particularly around bisexual health, chronic health disparities among the SGM community, and monitoring and evaluation in clinic settings. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Feinstein Receives American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grant

Dr. Brian Feinstein recently received a 2018 Visionary Grant from the American Psychological Foundation for his project “Combating the invisibility of bisexuality: Attempts to gain visibility and their influences on bisexual individuals’ mental health.” This grant will support the expansion of the scope of Dr. Feinstein’s Bi+ Visibility Project, a study with the goal of advancing our understanding of bi+ individuals’ attempts to make their sexual identity visible to others. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Lauren Beach’s Diabetes Research Receives Top Altmetric Score

Dr. Lauren Beach, an ISGMH postdoctoral research fellow, recently published a paper finding that lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning youth are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, be obese, and engage in less physical activity and more sedentary activities than heterosexual youth. This paper received the number one altmetric score, which is a high level score for the quantity and quality of online attention, for the journal Pediatric Diabetes. Continue Reading ▶︎