The LGBT Health & Development Program


How many people are LGBT?

Posted by Dr. Mustanski in Research Blog, Youth Blog. No Comments

29th June

According to a recent Gallup poll the average American adult believes 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian. This poll likely leads a lot of people to ask, how many people are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender?  Fortunately, our colleague Dr. Gary Gates recently issued a report summarizing what we know about the demographics of sexual orientation.  Dr. Gates is a Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.  While it is challenging to arrive at an exact number, increasing numbers of national surveys have been including questions about sexual orientation.

Key findings from Dr. Gates’ research brief include:

An estimated 3.5% of adults in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) and an estimated 0.3% of adults are transgender. This implies that there are approximately … Read More »


Pride 2011: Community in Action!

22nd June

Do you want to be in the next IMPACT Program video about what you love about your sexuality? Or do you want to share why you’re a hero?

Our theme this year is Community in Action, and we want to capture many of the ways that our LGBTQ community makes a difference in our world. IMPACT Program will be at Pride this weekend video-taping people’s answers to those questions and more.

We’ll be at PrideFest in Chicago on Halsted and Addison on Friday and Saturday, June 24th and 25th and at Dyke March at 7054 S. Jeffery Blvd. on Saturday, June 25th.

Have fun, be safe, and we hope to see you there!!



Take our Women’s Health and Sexuality Quiz!

16th June

How much do you know about women’s health and sexuality? Do you know if lesbian and bisexual women face the same health risks as straight women? What are the ways that HIV is transmitted? How do you talk about sex with a partner? Find out how much you know by taking the Women’s Health and Sexuality Quiz below.

Click on one of the four numbered squares below to start the quiz.


Women’s Health and Sexuality Quiz

Posted by Farrin in Quiz, Sexual Health Quiz, Youth Blog. 1 Comment

15th June

How much do you know about women’s health and sexuality? Do you know if lesbian and bisexual women face the same health risks as straight women? What are the ways that HIV is transmitted? How do you talk about sex with a partner?

Click on one of the four numbered squares below to get started!

Help spread the facts about women’s sexual health by sharing our quiz on facebook. Just click the facebook share button at the top right of the quiz to post it to your facebook page.



Study shows new prevention efforts need to address young gay couples

Posted by Dr. Mustanski in Research Blog, Uncategorized. No Comments

1st June

This week we published a new study in the journal Health Psychology that found that young gay and bisexual men in serious relationships have nearly eight times the rate of unprotected sex as compared to when they are in casual relationships.  The findings provide a new direction for prevention efforts in this population who account for nearly 70 percent of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in adolescents and young adults in the United States and who also have the highest increase in new infections.  Below are some excerpts from my interview with the Health Sciences Editor at Northwestern University.





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