Dr. Francesca Gaiba Op-Ed Discusses Bisexual Health Disparities

Francesca Gaiba, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing and research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences, recently published an op-ed on Role Reboot highlighting how prejudice and discrimination aimed at bisexuals can lead to harmful health disparities. Citing research conducted by ISGMH postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Featured in Article about Transgender Youth

Health.com, in collaboration with American Academy of Pediatrics recently published an informative article outlining 5 important facts about transgender youth that highlighted the work of Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., director of ISGMH and tenured professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology at Northwestern University.

A study conducted by Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎

Francesca Gaiba Publishes Op-Ed on Transgender Identities in a Binary Society

Francesca Gaiba, PhD, research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences; associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University; and a Public Voices Fellow through The OpEd Project was recently published in Medium speaking about gender binaries.  

Dr. Gaiba notes, “The reason we insist on binary definitions for gender answer is likely political-ideological, rather than strictly chromosome-XX-XY biological.”  Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Moves to New Space

We are proud to announce that due to ISGMH’s incredible growth over the past year, we have moved to a new floor! ISGMH is happy to now call the 14th floor of 625 N. Michigan Ave home. Our new space is complete with beautiful offices, multiple gender neutral restrooms, and a new open event space that we can’t wait to share with our colleagues and supporters. Continue Reading ▶︎

Equality Advocate Billie Jean King to Give 195th Northwestern Commencement Speech

ISGMH is thrilled to share that Billie Jean King will deliver the Northwestern University commencement address on June 16, 2017

A long time advocate for equality and proponent of social change, Billie Jean King  is a founding board member of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and was in the first class of inductees in the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. Continue Reading ▶︎

Brian Mustanski Highlighted in PBS Article Linking Same-Sex Marriage Laws to Reduction in Youth Suicide

PBS published an article on February 20th, 2017 that examined how same-sex marriage laws were linked to a drop in adolescent suicide. Citing analysis in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that in states where same-sex marriages were legalized (prior to the nationwide legalization in 2015), teen suicide attempts dropped by 7 percent. Continue Reading ▶︎

PBS Article Highlights Transgender Fertility Research

PBS recently published an article featuring the work of Drs. Teresa Woodruff, Courtney Finlayson, and Emilie Johnson, three faculty members associated with ISGMH. The article details the groundbreaking work being done to explore fertility options for transgender patients using cancer research. In addition, the article discusses the often taxing experiences of trans patients seeking options for fertility, including the effects of altering hormone therapy regimens, potentially enduring invasive and distressing medical procedures, and managing expensive costs.  Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Francesca Gaiba awarded Provost Grant for Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity

Francesca Gaiba, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing and research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences was recently awarded a Provost Grant for Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity. The Provost Grants fund projects that encourage a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus climate at Northwestern University. Continue Reading ▶︎

21st Century Cures Act Calls for Expanded NIH Focus on Sexual and Gender Minority Health

On December 13, 2016, H.R. 34 (also known as the 21st Century Cures Act) was overwhelmingly passed by the 114th Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Barack Obama. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the bill “cut[s] bureaucratic red tape that slows the progress of science.” [1] The 21st Century Cures Act helps reduce research delays stemming from the so called Paperwork Reduction Act, gives government scientists more ease in traveling to meetings to learn about recent findings, and increases support for data sharing among NIH sponsored research. Continue Reading ▶︎