The LGBT Health & Development Program


Hip Hop on the Down Low

23rd November

The Center on Halsted in Chicago continued its SpeakOUT Series with 5 local LGBTQ hip hop artists talking about what it’s like to be queer in hip hop. Emcee Sage Morgan-Hubbard, IMPACT’s very own Lou Bigelow, local performers Charity Taitt and Emanuel Vinson, and hip hop star Tim’m West present the power and complexity of changing culture and making your voice heard.

“It’s sometimes really small acts of courage,” West said. “It’s very powerful for somebody to see two brothers on the South Side holding hands… Sometimes we think politics has to be a protest, but [it] can be deciding you’re not going to leave your lover behind when you go back home for the holidays anymore.”

“Rosa [Parks] didn’t wait for them to say, ‘It’s okay for you to sit in the front,’” West said. “At some point, you just have … Read More »



Transgender Inclusion in the LGBT Community

18th November

How can we better unite the T into LGBT? This is a big issue our community’s facing, with different opinions everywhere. As part of our Community in Action campaign this summer, we asked this question to people at PrideFest and Dyke March in Chicago, 2011. This video shows some of their answers, including recognizing the importance of the transgender community in the fight for all of our rights.



Explore methods of birth control

Posted by Dr. Mustanski in Youth Blog. No Comments

15th November

Why do women who have sex with women need birth control??? Many women who have sex with women also have sex with men, and those that do may be twice as likely as straight women to become pregnant. Check out the Bedsider website to learn about all your birth control options.  You can select options based on their effectiveness, how party-ready they are, how well they work for STI prevention, and how easy they are to hide.  Although the website isn’t designed for bisexual women, we think it has some great information for you.  Check it out, and see what you think.


How do you measure sexual identity?

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

13th November

It may seem obvious that if you want to know someone’s sexual orientation you could simply ask them.  “Are you gay?”  But in reality it is much more complicated than that.  Recently, the National Center for Health Statistics issued a report on how to ask these questions for the National Health Interview Survey, which is one of our primary sources of information about the health of various American communities.

For this health interview, the primary aspect of sexual orientation they are interested in studying is sexual identity rather than attractions or behaviors.  The report acknowledges that measuring sexual identity presents challenges because it is complex concept.  Interestingly, they found that many non-LGBT people don’t have much concept of their sexual orientation and instead of identifying as “heterosexual” or “straight” they are more likely to identify as “not gay.”  They also found … Read More »


Joint Commission Field Guide on LGBT Health Care

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8th November

A new field guide from the Joint Commission urges US hospitals to create a more welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment that contributes to improved health care quality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families. The field guide features a compilation of strategies, practice examples, resources, and testimonials designed to help hospitals in their efforts to improve communication and provide more patient-centered care to their LGBT patients. The guide, Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community,  is available for free download on their website or by clicking on the image in this post.


How do LGBTQ people make a difference?

3rd November

We make a difference in so many different ways, including being out and visible and joining up with other movements to work towards justice for everyone. We interviewed folks at Pride and Dyke March this year to see what they do to make a difference, so check it out, and think about what it means to you!






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