The LGBT Health & Development Program

President Obama declares June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

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31st May

President Barack Obama issues a presidential proclamation declaring June to be LGBT pride month.  During the month of June the IMPACT Program will be sharing stories of being proud of being LGBT.   For the first year ever we will have a booth at the Chicago Pride Festival where you can record your own video story of why you are proud to be LGBT, which we will edit together and post to our YouTube channel. We will share all the details as the time gets closer.

President Obama’s proclamation reads:

As Americans, it is our birthright that all people are created equal and deserve the same rights, privileges, and opportunities.  Since our earliest days of independence, our Nation has striven to fulfill that promise.  An important chapter in our great, unfinished story is the movement for … Read More »

Put a Ring On It

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29th May

The Chicago Female Condom Campaign says, “Put a ring on it!” Get the 411 on female condoms, including a great video from Sisters Empowering Sisters. Click here or check it out through the Put a Ring On It link on our Youth Resources Page.

Female condoms help prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. They are a great safer sex option that can be used by both women and men for vaginal and anal sex.

Dr. Sarah Johnson selected as APA Executive Branch Science Fellow

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27th May

The American Psychological Association’s Science Directorate just announced its selection of Sarah Johnson, PhD as the incoming 2010-2011 APA Executive Branch Science Fellow.  Dr. Johnson is a social psychologist completing a post-doc at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the IMPACT Program, where her research has focused on the health of LGBT youth.  She will spend her Fellowship year in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institute of Health, and she will join APA’s two Congressional Fellows in the year-long Washington, D.C.-based program APA runs under the umbrella of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Congratulations to Dr. Johnson!

Research News: How does the legal recognition of your relationship affect you?

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7th May

In a study reported in the February 2010 issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, researchers conducted an online survey of over 2,000 LGB individuals to examine outcomes associated with having one’s committed relationship legally recognized. Compared to individuals in committed (but not legally recognized) relationships, the authors found that individuals in legally recognized relationships “reported less internalized homophobia, fewer depressive symptoms, lower levels of stress, and more meaning in their lives”. See Dr. Mustanski’s Psychology Today blog for more about the benefits of marriage and the negative impact of bans on same-sex marriage.

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