The LGBT Health & Development Program


Firsthand Experience with LGBT Teen Suicide

Posted by Farrin in Youth Blog. 3 comments

27th January

Brooke Larson, a writer from Columbia College, shares her very unique and painful experience with LGBT teen suicide.



A Groundbreaking Study – Bias, Bullying & Homophobia in Grade Schools

Posted by Farrin in Allies, Research Blog, Youth Blog. No Comments

20th January

“Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States” is the first national study to look at homophobia, gender nonconformity in elementary schools.



On MLK Day, Remembering A Forgotten Gay Civil Rights Hero

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

16th January

Today we share the story of Bayard Rustin, a gay man who was a key leader in the civil rights movement.



Digitizing the fight against HIV: IMPACT on WBEZ

Posted by Farrin in Research Blog, Youth Blog. No Comments

11th January

WBEZ reports on IMPACT’s Keep It Up! Project, a tech-savvy, innovative, HIV prevention project.



Being Transgender – Chicago Tribune

Posted by Farrin in Transgender Youth, Youth Blog. No Comments

11th January

New transgender video spotlights four unique perspectives of gender identity from members of the Chicago Trans Community.


Same-Sex Marriage: An improvement to gay men’s health

Posted by Farrin in Research Blog. No Comments

6th January

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health provides insightful research outlining the effect of same-sex marriage laws on health care use and costs for gay and bisexual men (Hatzenbuehler et al., 2011).  The study examined the frequency of visits of 1,211 participants, both before and after the legalization of marriage in Massachusetts (2003).  This research is unique in that data before a “natural” event were available for analysis.  Most natural events do not provide such pre-event data to sufficiently document the change following a natural event, in this case the passing of the Massachusetts same-sex marriage law.

The study found “a significant decrease in medical care visits (13%) and costs (10%) and in mental health care visits (13%) and expenditures (14%).”  The lead researcher, Mark Hatzenbuehler at Columbia University, suggested that one possible explanation is a reduced level … Read More »



Mental health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth: A developmental resiliency perspective.

1st January

New IMPACT Program study highlights mental health benefits of reducing bullying and victimization and improving social support for LGB youth.






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