The LGBT Health & Development Program

Category: Allies


When a Child Comes Out, Lead with Love

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

16th August

New film answers the question, “What do I do if my child is gay?”



Judy Shepard Chats with IMPACT

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

27th March

Judy Shepard of The Matthew Shepard Foundation shares her views on LGBT youth, parenting, and school bullying.



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.



How do LGBTQ people make a difference?

Posted by Lou in Allies, Video, Youth Blog. No Comments

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!



Pride Shorts: What makes a good friend?

Posted by Lou in Allies, Video, Youth Blog. No Comments

2nd September

Whether you call them your bff, your buddies, or your homie, friends are important people in our lives. What do you think makes a good friend? And what do you do to be a good friend in return?

Here are a few good answers, brought to you directly from Chicago Pride 2011:



Why do you love Dyke March?

Posted by Lou in Allies, Video, Youth Blog. No Comments

12th August

We love it because it’s active and about all of us coming together, working together, and celebrating our greatness! Preach on, brother, and let all our identities have voice and importance.



Pride 2011: How are You a Hero?

Posted by Lou in Allies, Video, Youth Blog. No Comments

5th August

This year at Pride our “I heart my sexuality” campaign was back again! The focus for 2011 is “Community in Action” because engaging in advocacy for our community stems at least partially from a sense of self-esteem and pride that leads us to seek out greater equality for our community.

We captured many of the ways that our LGBTQ community makes a difference in our world. At PrideFest and Dyke March we video-taped community responses to questions that explore what people love about their sexuality, why they’re a hero, and more.

Here’s our first Pride 2011 video, hot off the editing block! Let’s celebrate all our young LGBTQ heroes!!

For more information about Community in Action and to see everyone’s answers on why they love their sexuality, check out our Pride 2011 page!



Is oral sex safer sex?

21st July

The answer might be more complicated than you think. Our newest video talks about the benefits and risks of oral sex, including what you need to know to protect yourself and your partners.

Please note:  Any statistical data cited in our videos is accurate at the time of publishing.



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!!