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State of Sexual and Gender Minority Health Symposium

ISGMH’s State of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Health Symposium convenes researchers, policy makers, community-based organizations, LGBTQ youth, and community members to discuss the health disparities and resiliency of LGBTQ people. The symposium presents an opportunity to spark interdisciplinary conversations on best practices and policies for supporting the health of LGBTQ communities. Following formal presentations and panels on the research and current work in LGBTQ health, attendees are invited to a reception providing the opportunity to connect across disciplines and organizations.

Since the inaugural event in 2016, each symposium has closely examined the health and wellbeing of a specific intersection in the LGBTQ community. Past symposiums have focused LGBTQ youth, the intersections of race/ethnicity and LGBTQ identities, suicide prevention, and collective liberation.

Sponsors and Partners

The State of SGM Health Symposium is supported and organized by several partner organizations. The 2017 Symposium was co-hosted by the Center for Prevention Implementation MethodologyAdvocates for Youth, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago,  and was supported by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. The Northwestern Office of the Provost generously supported the 2018 Symposium with a Daniel I. Linzer Grant for Innovation in Diversity and Equity. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention generously supported the 2019 and 2021 Symposiums.

Upcoming Symposium: LGBTQ in STEM

Our 2023 symposium will center on the experiences of LGBTQ individuals in STEM fields. Please check back for updates!

Planning Committee

  • Jagadīśa-devaśrī Dācus
  • Jon Freeman
  • Brian Mustanski
  • Andrew Principe
  • Sarah Quain
  • Cindy Veldhuis
  • Christine Wood
  • alithia zamantakis
  • Juan Pablo Zapata