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Stories of gay black men in the south

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27th January

How do gay black men survive life in Dublin, Ga., Jasper, Texas, Hickory, N.C. and other places big and small in America’s South? The answers to this and other questions asked of 70 gay, African American men living in the South by a Northwestern University professor are the basis of “Sweet Tea,” a book and performance.  The IMPACT team attended a performance of Sweet Tea and then interviewed E. Patrick. In our interview he shares some of the messages and stories from the performance.

“Black queer life in the South has gone largely undocumented,” says E. Patrick Johnson, the Northwestern Professor of African American Studies who conducted his face-to-face interviews between August 2004 and September 2005. “Black queers are an important piece of the patchwork quilt that is … Read More »


E. Patrick Johnson – Sweet Tea

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25th January

How do gay black men survive life in Dublin, Ga., Jasper, Texas, Hickory, N.C. and other places big and small in America’s South? The answers to this and other questions asked of 70 gay, African American men living in the South by a Northwestern University professor are the basis of “Sweet Tea,” a book and performance.

The IMPACT team attended a performance of Sweet Tea and then interviewed E. Patrick. In our interview he shares some of the messages and stories from the performance.

“Black queer life in the South has gone largely undocumented,” says E. Patrick Johnson, the Northwestern Professor of African American Studies who conducted his face-to-face interviews between August 2004 and September 2005. “Histories of gay life have focused on urban areas on the east and west coasts, perhaps because the South is perceived as an inhospitable place for … Read More »



“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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17th January

According to his wife Coretta Scott King, “the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.”

What many people may not know is that his wife Coretta was a champion of LGBT equality.  She said, “I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.”  She pointed out that, “Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, … Read More »


What’s Love Got To Do With It

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15th January

September 21, 2010 at Center on Halsted



Facing AIDS 2010

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13th January

This year for World AIDS Day IMPACT Program participated in the Facing AIDS campaign by including pictures of our team facing AIDS by conducting research that has an impact, teaching young people, and doing it because infection rates are rising in young gay men.  We found the images created by over 1,500 people from around the U.S. and the rest of the world inspiring, so we wanted to share them with you.  You can scroll through the photos below and click on ones you want to see larger. 


It’s not just if you use a condom, its how you use a condom.

10th January

We just published result of a study showing 95% of young men who have sex with men (MSM) make errors when using condoms. So what were some of the most common errors made by young MSM? 59% did not squeeze air out of the condom, 42% used an oil-based lube, and 25% started having sex before they put on the condom.  These kinds of errors increased condom breakage and slippage. In other words, if you don’t use condoms correctly they don’t work as well to protect you from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. When used correctly condoms are very effective at preventing HIV.

We created a video to show you how to use a condom the right way, starring our own Steve Du Bois, MA. Help us spread the word about how to use condoms the right way by clicking … Read More »



I ♥ My Sexuality: Being Single

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7th January

LGBT young people talk about what they like about being single



A story of family acceptance

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4th January

Always My Son is one of a series of short documentary films that are being produced by the Family Acceptance Project to help ethnically and religiously diverse families decrease their LGBT children’s risk for suicide, substance abuse, depression, HIV, homelessness and placement in foster care or juvenile justice settings — by increasing family support. The video series are being developing as part of a range of research-based intervention resources — including a new evidence-based family approach to help diverse families support their LGBT children. These resources are based on research conducted  at San Francisco State University. Their research shows that family accepting and rejecting behaviors have a compelling impact on their LGBT children’s health and mental health.

Our team has published work that similarly shows the importance of family support in reducing risk for HIV infection among young gay and bisexual … Read More »





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