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The IMPACT Program wants you to know 7 Stats about Condoms & Couples.
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 »
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 »
Injustice at Every Turn is a report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Here it’s presented by Russell Roybal from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force at the Center on Halsted in Chicago, followed by a panel presentation of Chicago activists.
This is the largest study on the transgender community yet, with a diverse set of 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming participants representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It brings to light the rampant discrimination that transgender and gender non-conforming people face in every area of life. From the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s introduction, “This data is so shocking that it will change the way you think about transgender people and it … Read More »
Dr. Mustanski, director of the IMPACT Program, received the distinguished scientific contribution award from the American Psychological Association Division for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. The Division offers this award for distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to lesbian, gay, or bisexual psychological issues. The winners of this award have made far-reaching and visionary contributions to the development of a science of LGBT psychology and have provided the science base for practice, education, and the development of public policy. Many of these award winners are pioneers who first asked affirmative research questions about the lives of LGBT people, their families, and their communities.
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.
IMPACT Program undergraduate research trainees Alan, Laurel, Elizabeth, and Caroline presented their research at the annual UIC undergraduate research forum. Caroline presented qualitative data on youth self-reports of hormones for changing genders. Elizabeth presented on mental health and HIV risk, while Alan presented on the effects of victimization on mental health. Laurel, who trained in both the IMPACT Program and Dr. Mary Murphy’s lab presented some of her work with Dr. Murphy on gender roles and academic performance. Alan won third place in the social sciences.
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 »
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)