The Centers for Disease Control classifies Keep It Up! as a best evidence intervention for HIV risk reduction

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CHICAGO — Keep It Up! 2.0, a novel online HIV prevention program developed by Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, has been designated by the HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Synthesis (PRS) project at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as showing the best evidence of efficacy. Continue Reading ▶︎

Queertopia Conference Accepting Abstract Submissions Until 1/4/19

On March 2, 2019, the Northwestern University Queer Pride Graduate Student Association (QPGSA) will host its 12th annual Queertopia Conference. Queertopia is an event that offers graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, activists, organizers, artists, and community practitioners the opportunity to build intellectual community and interrogate questions about gender and sexuality through art practice and performance, popular and academic research, and community engagement. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Ashley Kraus Selected as a NUCATS Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health Fellow

ISGMH and MSS postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Ashley Kraus, was selected as a Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health fellow through the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS). This NIH-funded fellowship addresses the need for well-trained scientists in child and adolescent health, equipping them with the tools to succeed and retaining their commitment to be independent investigators. 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 ▶︎

ISGMH Affiliate Dr. Hendricks Brown Receives NIMH Grant to Study SGM Youth Suicide Prevention

Compared to their non-sexual and gender minority (SGM) peers, SGM youth are disproportionally affected by suicide. ISGMH affiliate faculty member Dr. Hendricks Brown recently was awarded funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to address this disparity with a new project investigating existing suicide prevention programs.

This project will compare the effectiveness of prevention programs that target suicide directly with programs that target a range of risk factors for suicide. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Kathryn Macapagal Featured in Northwestern News Profile on Sexuality Research

Dr. Kathryn Macapagal was recently featured in a Northwestern News round table discussion on interdisciplinary sexuality research at Northwestern. In conversation with Dr. Jennifer Nash and ISGMH affiliate faculty members Drs. Héctor Carrillo and Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian, Dr. Macapagal discussed the growth of the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN), emerging themes in current sexuality research, and the importance of using an intersectional lens to study sexuality. 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 ▶︎

2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

On behalf of The LGBT Community Fund of The Chicago Community Trust, Morten Group has launched the 2018 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment. The data collected will directly inform the LGBT Community Fund’s funding priorities (they’ve given nearly $1 million to various organizations serving Chicagoland’s LGBTQ+ people and communities over the past five years), and the results of the assessment will also be made available to the community, so local leaders and organizations can turn data into action right away. Continue Reading ▶︎