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


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 ▶︎

Steven Thrasher Joins ISGMH Faculty

We are excited to announce that Steven Thrasher, the inaugural Daniel H. Renberg Chair of social justice in reporting and assistant professor of journalism at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, has joined ISGMH’s core faculty group. Thrasher is a renowned journalist and scholar of HIV criminalization, racism, and homophobia, and was the recipient of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Journalist of the Year award in 2012, as well as the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism in 2015. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Nina Harawa Examines Internalized Homo/Bi-phobia, Gender Role Conflict, and Identity in Black MSMW

On August 6, 2019 Dr. Nina Harawa of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA presented on her work with internalized homophobia and biphobia in Black men who have sex with men and women as part of ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series. Dr. Harawa began her lecture by discussing labels such as gay, bisexual, same gender loving, men who have sex with men (MSM), men who have sex with men and women (MSMW), on the down low, and the different connotations each label holds. Continue Reading ▶︎

Christina Dyar Receives K01 Grant to Study Health of Sexual Minority Women

ISGMH faculty member, Dr. Christina Dyar, has received a 5 year K01 to study the health of lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and queer women. The K01 is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This five-year grant will fund a mixed-methods research project and Dyar’s further training in substance use research, experience sampling methods, qualitative/mixed methods, and intervention development. Continue Reading ▶︎

Lauren B. Beach Receives NHLBI K12 Award for CADENCES HIV Project

ISGMH is proud to announce that our faculty member and Associate Director of the EDIT Research Program, Dr. Lauren B. Beach, has been named an inaugural Third Coast HIV-related Cardiovascular and Sleep Disorders Career Development Program K12 (TC-CS K12) Scholar. Through the K12, Dr. Beach will receive 2 years of funding to support the success of her project, “CVD Algorithm Designed to Elucidate Consequences of Cytokines, Environment, SES, and HIV (CADENCES HIV).” Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎