Steven Thrasher Centers the Roles of Race and Media in the Criminalization of HIV/AIDS

Steven Thrasher, ISGMH faculty member and the Daniel H. Renberg chair of social justice in reporting at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, presented on “Infectious Blackness: Race, Media, and the Criminalization of HIV/AIDS” on November 14 as part of ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series.

Thrasher’s lecture unpacked the racist and xenophobic roots of HIV/AIDS criminalization in the United States, delving specifically into the legal case of Michael Johnson, a Black man who was convicted to 30 years in prison for exposing sexual partners to HIV in 2015. Continue Reading ▶︎

EDIT Announces Black and Pink as the Recipient of the 2019 EDIT CARES Award

The Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) research program is thrilled to announce the recipient of this year’s Community Award for Research and Evaluation Services: Black and Pink!

Black and Pink is a national organization seeking to bring about prison abolition and liberation for LGBTQIA2S+ individuals who are impacted by incarceration or who are living with HIV/AIDS. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Gregory Phillips II Named Co-Chair of the American Evaluation Association’s LGBT Issues Topical Interest Group

Dr. Gregory Phillips II, Director of the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) research program, has been officially elected Co-Chair of the LGBT Issues Topical Interest Group (TIG) for the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

Dr. Phillips is an established leader in LGBTQ+ Evaluation methodology and practice. His work has earned him recognition as the sole Affiliate Researcher of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) with an LGBTQ+ focus. Continue Reading ▶︎

Annual State of SGM Health Symposium Prioritizes Suicide Prevention

At its fourth annual State of Sexual and Gender Minority Health Symposium on October 18, the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) brought together health experts and community leaders to discuss suicide prevention in the LGBTQIA community. Suicide prevention that addresses the unique and diverse needs of sexual and gender minorities remains an urgent health concern, as this population experiences higher rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts than the general population. Continue Reading ▶︎

IMPACT Program Receives NIH Supplement to partner with University of Hawai’i to conduct SGM research with Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day ISGMH director, Brian Mustanski, announced that SMART project, a multi-site online HIV prevention program for adolescent men who have sex with men, was awarded an NIH Administrative Supplement to partner with the University of Hawai’i at Hilo (UHH). They will work in partnership with Dr. Misty Pacheco from UHH. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH faculty Steven Thrasher announced as finalist for the American Studies Association’s 2019 Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize

Steven Thrasher, ISGMH faculty member and inaugural Daniel H. Renberg chair of social justice in reporting at Northwestern’s Medill School, has been chosen as a finalist for the American Studies Association’s 2019 Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize for his dissertation “Infectious Blackness: ‘Tiger Mandingo,’ Racial Compromise in Missouri, and Criminalized HIV/AIDS in America.” It will be honored at the ASA’s Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawai’i on November 7, 2019. Continue Reading ▶︎

Elissa Sarno Receives Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship

ISGMH postdoctoral fellow, Elissa L. Sarno, has received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship. The award is a two-year award and is funded by NIAAA. The title of the proposal is “Investigating the Influence of Alcohol Use and Partner Risk Heuristics on HIV Risk Behavior among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men.”

Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) have high rates of alcohol use and HIV infection. Continue Reading ▶︎

Cec Hardacker Presents on Gender Appropriate Language in Clinical Settings


As part of ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series, Cecilia ‘Cec’ Hardacker, Howard Brown Health’s Director of Education, presented on best practices for using gender appropriate language in clinical settings to more than 300 audience members including health practitioners, hospital administrators, and researchers. Hardacker’s lecture was hosted and cosponsored by Northwestern Medicine. Continue Reading ▶︎

EDIT CARES Community Award for Research and Evaluation Services Request for Proposals

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EDIT CARES is an annual award designed to support organizations and individuals serving the sexual and gender minority (SGM) community in innovative ways. Evaluation, data management, and technical assistance services can be costly, so we want to support your work by offering to provide these services to you free of charge, by funding up to $5,000 worth of EDIT staff time to work directly with you. Continue Reading ▶︎