Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition Winners Announced

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is dedicated to fostering innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve sexual and gender minority (SGM) health. For the second year in a row, ISGMH’s CONNECT Research Program held the Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition to stimulate student research at the intersection of data science and SGM health equity. Continue Reading ▶︎

Apply for a Network Canvas Internship through NIDA’s Summer Research Internship Program

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Internship Program is now accepting applications from undergraduate student interested in working with leading scientists on drug abuse and addiction research. Network Canvas, a project managed out of Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) in Chicago, is seeking an intern through the program. Continue Reading ▶︎

Call for Applications: ISGMH Graduate Fellow Research Award 2020

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2020 Graduate Fellow Research Award. ISGMH established this award in 2017 to provide opportunities for high-level research and training for the next generation of SGM scholars. This award recognizes and supports the research of Northwestern graduate students in any discipline working on SGM health and wellbeing. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary with Leaders in LGBTQ Health Lecture Series

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing is ringing in the new year with an exciting milestone: our fifth anniversary. Over the past five years, the institute has grown tremendously in size, research output, and reputation. With nearly 100 faculty and staff members, postdoctoral fellows, students, and interns, ISGMH is the largest university-wide institute in the world focused exclusively on researching the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ community. Continue Reading ▶︎

Out Magazine Names Steven Thrasher One of 2019’s “Most Impactful and Influential LGBTQ+ People”

Out magazine named Steven Thrasher, ISGMH faculty member and Daniel H. Renberg chair of social justice in reporting at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, to its annual Out100 list of “the year’s most impactful and influential LGBTQ+ people.” Profiled for his fight against the criminalization of HIV, Thrasher enjoys the company of journalist Ronan Farrow, rapper Lil Nas X, trans activist Gavin Grimm, and WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner on this year’s list. Continue Reading ▶︎

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 ▶︎

ISGMH Responds to HHS Proposed Rule that Could End Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBTQ Individuals

On November 1, 2019, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking along with a “Notice of Nonenforcement” that states the agency will not enforce nondiscrimination protections put in place by the Obama administration in December 2016. These protections were enacted to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people would not experience discrimination by any entity receiving federal grants from HHS. 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 ▶︎