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 Symposium in 2016, each Symposium closely examines the health and wellbeing of a specific intersection in the LGBT community. The 2017 Symposium focused on LGBTQ youth; the 2018 Symposium highlighted the intersections of race/ethnicity and LGBTQ identities; and the 2019 Symposium prioritized LGBTQ suicide prevention.
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 Methodology, Advocates 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.
2021 – The State of SGM Health
- 2018 – The State of SGM Health: Illuminating the Intersections of Race and SGM Health
- 2017 – The State of SGM Health: LGBTQ Youth Health and Wellbeing, Strengthening Schools and Families to Build Resilience
- 2016 – Inaugural State of SGM Health Symposium