The LGBT Health & Development Program


The Institute of Medicine today released its long-awaited report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

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31st March

The Institute of Medicine today released its long-awaited report: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding. The National Institutes of Health commissioned this groundbreaking report, and a distinguished panel of experts dedicated more than a year to evaluating the state of LGBT health research and crafting recommendations for improving the health of the LGBT community. The work of Dr. Mustanski and the IMPACT Program team is cited in multiple places in the report.

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IMPACT Program heads to the 4th annual conference on new media, youth, and sexual health

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28th March

The IMPACT Program is heading to San Francisco for the 4th annual conference on new media, youth, and sexual health.  Dr. Mustanski has attended this conference every year since is started, and it has just kept getting better. This amazing meeting brings together youth, researchers, funders, nonprofit organizations, and health departments all focused on sharing ideas about how to use technology to improve the sexual health of youth people.

This year Dr. Mustanski has helped to organize a pre-conference workshop that will tout the successes and tackle the issues of conducting mobile and digital research studies with youth around sexual health.  On April 1st he will present a workshop focused on successes creating interventions from the youth perspective.

On April 2nd, IMPACT staff member Lou Bigelow will present a field report in a session titled, “Sexuality, Gender & Feminism in the Age … Read More »


Dyke March Diaries: What We Love

23rd March

The third Dyke March Diaries entry is about things that we love. Some of us love women, some love men, some love all genders, and we all love to make love safely!

The Chicago Dyke March is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, and transgender resilience that takes place every year during the Chicago Pride Festival. IMPACT Program joined the celebration in June, 2010 and interviewed some of the participating marchers to ask them about their experiences as a part of the LGBTQ community. They are real people with real experiences, and these are their stories. Check out all three! (Dyke March Diaries videos created and edited by Beverly Caluza)



Dyke March Diaries: Sexual Identity

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16th March

The second Dyke March Diaries entry is about some of the different sexual identities that are included in the LGBTQ community. It is important to embrace your sexuality as you define it. Be proud, be confident, be you!

The Chicago Dyke March is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, and transgender resilience that takes place every year during the Chicago Pride Festival. IMPACT Program joined the celebration in June, 2010 and interviewed some of the participating marchers to ask them about their experiences as a part of the LGBTQ community. They are real people with real experiences, and these are their stories. (Video created and edited by Beverly Caluza)

What about other gender identities? Check out our Gender Identities & Expressions Map for an interactive look at Gender!



Keeping up with the IMPACT Program

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14th March

How can you keep up with all the new articles and videos from the IMPACT program?  We made it easy for you.

1)      Join our facebook page. There you will see all of our new posts as they come out right on your facebook wall.

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Want to be in the next I Heart My Sexuality video?

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14th March

We’re currently looking for young eager diverse gay, lesbian and transgender couples in the Chicago area who want to participate in short films we are producing for our “I Heart My Sexuality” campaign. The goal is to support youth education about healthy relationships.

We are looking for couples who are open to sharing your experiences on film regarding things like first date, communication during arguments/differences, falling in love, and other issues important to your relationships. If you are a member of the LGBTQ youth community, your participation in our project will help develop educational videos that give back to your community. Your stories can help younger LGBTQ people engage in safer, healthier relationships and avoid harmful experiences. And, you could win a free date night!

For more information or to set up a date for filming please contact: Rebecca Connie (rebeccac@beyondmedia.org) … Read More »


Training in LGBT Health Research

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11th March

The Summer Institute in LGBT Health, open to postdoctoral trainees, doctoral students and advanced Masters’ students, provides participants with foundational training in interdisciplinary theory, knowledge and methods for conducting population research in sexual and gender minority health. To be held July 18-August 12 in Boston, the Institute includes a 3 week seminar that will overview key topics, methods, and perspectives in the study of LGBT Health, a one week intermediate-level statistics and data analysis course, and hands-on training and supervision in work on an independent analysis project with LGBT population health data. There is no cost for tuition and slots are available for free housing in Boston University dormitories during the Institute.  Applications are due April 18, 2011.  The Summer Institute is part of The National Mentoring and Training Program of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at … Read More »


Dyke March Diaries: Coming Out

9th March

Coming Out: The first Dyke March Diaries entry talks about the coming out process for LGBTQ people.






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