Dr. Mustanski’s Research Informs New APA Resolution on Adolescent Participation in Health Research

Monitor on Psychology has featured ISGMH director, Dr. Mustanski, in a recent piece about a new American Psychology Assocation resolution that supports mature minors’ participation in research without parental permission. Early in his career, Dr. Mustanski spent several months fighting for IRB approval of his research on mental health and HIV prevention in LGBTQ teens, which required a waiver of parental permission because many potential participants weren’t “out” to their parents about their sexual and gender identities. Continue Reading ▶︎

For LGBTQ teens, participating in health research is just as comfortable as posting pictures on social media and doing homework

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Chicago — LGBTQ teens feel more comfortable participating in sexual health and HIV prevention research than they do with routine everyday events, like taking a test or getting blood drawn, reports a new Northwestern University study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Continue Reading ▶︎

Northwestern Releases Statement Reaffirming its Commitment to Protecting Transgender, Non-Binary Community

Northwestern University has issued a statement reiterating its “unshakable commitment” to policies that affirm and protect gender identity and expression in the Northwestern community. The statement comes in the wake of recent efforts by the federal government to define an individual’s gender as determined at birth as either male or female and unchangeable. Continue Reading ▶︎

Young black gay men have vastly higher HIV rates yet fewer partners and more frequent testing

Denser social networks appear to put young gay black men at higher HIV risk

  • Young black men who have sex with men (MSM) have more frequent testing for HIV
  • Black MSM report the lowest number of sexual partners overall
  • Young black MSM in Chicago are 16 times more likely to have HIV than young white MSM
  • HIV prevention efforts are helping reduce risky sexual behavior

CHICAGO — Young black men who have sex with men (MSM) are 16 times more likely to have an HIV infection than their white peers despite more frequent testing for HIV and being less likely to have unsafe sex, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Director Dr. Brian Mustanski: “Science Is Beyond Clear” on Transgender Identification

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“Science is beyond clear” on transgender identification
Expert says Trump’s decision could “terrorize the transgender community”

CHICAGO — The Trump Administration is considering defining gender as male or female and unchangeable, the most drastic move yet to rollback Obama-era protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. Continue Reading ▶︎

Kenji Yoshino Examines “Trans-First” Policies in Iran, Pakistan and Japan at ISGMH’s Inaugural Keynote Lecture


On October 9, ISGMH held its Inaugural Keynote Lecture, featuring Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the New York University School of Law, and the Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. In a talk titled “LGBT or TLGB? Lessons from Trans-First Jurisdictions,” Yoshino challenged general perceptions about LGB-rights preceding transgender rights in civil rights movements, as has been the case in the United States and other countries where transgender individuals continue to be threatened. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Sari van Anders Presents at Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture Series

For the latest ISGMH Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series, we were joined by Dr. Sari van Anders, Canada 150 Research Chair and Professor of Psychology, Gender Studies, and Neuroscience at Queens University. Dr. Sari van Anders presented an overview of Sexual Configurations Theory, an empirically grounded framework for understanding sexuality informed by both biology and culture. Continue Reading ▶︎

Announcing the Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition Winners

ISGMH is dedicated to fostering innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve sexual and gender minority (SGM) health and wellbeing. This summer, ISGMH’s CONNECT Research Program launched the Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition to stimulate student research at the intersection of data science and SGM health equity. Undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows were invited to submit papers for the competition. Continue Reading ▶︎