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The Adolescent Scientific Access Project (ASAP!)

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15th September

Give your input and make a difference!

Your opinions are needed! Researchers at Northwestern University and Fordham University want to know how parents of gay, bisexual, queer, or questioning teen boys (ages 13-17) would feel about their children participating in HIV prevention research.

What’s in it for me? 

Your opinions can help guide future research that improves the health and well-being of teens. This may benefit adolescent males like your child in the future! Also, you will receive a $30 gift card for participating.

The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).

Click here to fill out our short survey to see if you’re eligible.



Protected: How to Use the ASAP Focus Group Website

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18th December

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Protected: How to Use the ASAP Focus Group Website

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4th February

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Breaking Out

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22nd December

But what happens if we find the courage to listen to that inner voice and break out? When I faced the fear and finally let go, I found the universe holding me.



Protected: HIV Prevention Videos

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1st May

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Celebrate National Condom Week!

16th February

The IMPACT Program wants you to know 7 Stats about Condoms & Couples.



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 »



How do you measure sexual identity?

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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 »


Injustice at Every Turn

21st October

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 »



Mustanski receives distinguished scientific contribution award

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8th August

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.





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