The Illinois House of Representatives just voted by 108-0 to pass SB3266, which will require schools to fight bullying in schools by adopting anti-bullying policies, creating resistance education and training for students, and other reasonable measures. Illinois State Senate passed the bill earlier this month. This bill covers bullying specifically targeted at students because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, among other categories. It will now go to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for signing.
A comprehensive review of research on LGB adolescent health was published last month in the Annual Review of Public Health. The article included a list of recommendations for health care professionals for the care of LGB youth.
A special discussion with Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams about coming out to parents.
A special discussion with Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams about parenting gay, lesbian, and bisexual children.
IMPACT Program undergraduate student Samantha DeHaan was awarded first place for her paper in the second annual UIC Lavender Research Forum. The forum was organized by the UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the status of LGBT Issues and the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center. Samantha’s paper focused on the negative effects of victimization experiences on symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in LGBT youth. She also found that supportive peer and family relationships had positive effects. Her paper was selected from a pool of papers submitted by students in multiple departments on campus. Pictured at left is Samantha presenting a poster of these findings at the UIC Student Research Forum.
Australia’s largest LGBT community-based health organization, ACON, has just released a first-of-its kind workbook for young, same-sex attracted women: The Birds & the Birds: The Lesbian Sex Workbook. Addressing a gap in most sexual education curricula, ACON has put together an interactive, accessible resource of sexual health information geared towards “women of all sexual identities who find other women attractive (e.g., lesbian, bisexual, straight, queer, no label, etc).”
Like members of all types of groups, transgender individuals have unique health needs. An understanding of, and sensitivity to, these needs is necessary for supporting the health of the transgender community. Get informed with this list of the Top Ten Things Transgender Persons Should Discuss with their Healthcare Provider, courtesy of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).
Understanding the health needs of transgender people requires research that includes them. If you are a health researcher, consider these recommendations for inclusive data collection from the Center of Excellence for Transgender HIV Prevention.