The LGBT Health & Development Program


Watch our IMPACT Program videos below, or visit our IMPACT Program YouTube channel and IMPACT Program Vimeo channel.  Use the filters to choose your topics, from coming out to sexual health.

Also visit our I Heart My Sexuality page for videos highlighting voices of the LGBT community.


What’s a Relationship Like With HIV?

Dating, sex, relationships – it’s all complicated enough already. What happens when you throw HIV into the picture?
Finding Support

Telling someone you have HIV and sharing your thoughts, fears, and hopes can make you feel better. You don't have to through this alone.
Getting the Most From Your HIV Doctor

Let's go through some of the next steps after receiving a positive HIV test – like finding a doctor, setting up an appointment, and...
What to Expect at the HIV Doctor

Yes, it can be scary at first. But if you have HIV, going to the doctor is one of the best things you can...
Know Your Sexual Health Rights

Know your rights! Many LGBT youth don’t know their sexual health rights – especially around HIV prevention, testing, and medical care.
Participant Recruitment & Retention: Common Challenges & Recommended Strategies for HIV Prevention

In this webinar, LGBT health experts from both clinical and research backgrounds discuss recruitment and retention.
Introduction to Queer Sex Ed

Ed describes sexual health and introduces the Queer Sex Ed online intervention for queer youth.
Start the Conversation

Keep yourself healthy through good communication. Now is the time to start the conversation.
Dr. Meredith Chivers: How Do You Know If You’re Gay?

Dr. Chivers says that around 12 or 13 years of age, youth may begin to feel attracted to the same sex and should then...
Dr. Meredith Chivers: Changing Sexual Orientation

Dr. Chivers says that it is not possible for people to change their sexual orientation, but what can and should be changed is society's...
Dr. Meredith Chivers: What is Sexual Fluidity?

Dr. Chivers defines sexual fluidity as the tendency of bisexual or lesbian women to shift their sexual identity. However, while they may shift...
Dr. Meredith Chivers: What is Sexual Orientation?

Dr. Chivers says that everybody has a sexual orientation and sexual drive that we don't consciously think about.
Dr. Meredith Chivers: What is Bisexuality?

Dr. Chivers says that men's sexual orientation tends to be more polarized than that of women, but this doesn't mean that all women are...
Keep it Up! Talks about Hooking Up & HIV Testing

Watch as Rob shares his story and thoughts on the importance of regular HIV testing and being safe while hooking up.
Keep It Up! Encourages HIV Testing in Relationships

Hear what these guys have to say about having safe and healthy relationships in a clip taken from the Keep It Up! Project.
White House LGBT Video Challenge

Did you submit a video as part of President Obama's Champions of Change series? IMPACT sure did!
Resiliency Among LGB Youth: Overcoming Victimization

LGBTQA Chicago-area college students participated in this video to share their unique & insightful perspectives of a recent IMPACT study's findings.
The Diversity of Gender & Sexual Orientation Identities of Transgender Individuals

Check out our latest video with Laura Kuper to learn more about the recent IMPACT publication, published in the Journal of Sex Research.
Judy Shepard Chats with IMPACT

Judy Shepard of The Matthew Shepard Foundation shares her views on LGBT youth, parenting, and school bullying.
My Fabulous Disease: A Fabulous Site about Living Positively Positive

Mark S. King is a long-time AIDS activist, writer, and community organizer who provides funny, entertaining, and informational, yet creative videos about living with...
Video: Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

WHAT SHIELDS GAY YOUTH FROM SUICIDE? Love from family and friends offer most protection, while bullying causes highest risk.
Youth Videos Take HIV/AIDS Head On

Youth “Fight HIV – HEAD ON!” with REDHOT+ videos where they dance, sing, and share their stories!  The REDHOT+ partnership with has selected several...

Mondo Guerra at Center on Halsted

"Being HIV positive is a huge responsibility, but it doesn't have to define who you are, and it doesn't have to control your life."
Meet the IMPACT Team

Meet the IMPACT Team! Learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we do it.
Hip Hop on the Down Low

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...

Transgender Inclusion in the LGBT Community

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...

How do LGBTQ people make a difference?

We make a difference in so many different ways, including being out and visible and joining up with other movements to work towards justice...

Injustice at Every Turn

Injustice at Every Turn is a report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the...

I ♥ My Sexuality: Couples

LGBT youth talk about what a healthy and happy relationship looks like
Pride Shorts: What makes a good friend?

Whether you call them your bff, your buddies, or your homie, friends are important people in our lives. What do you think makes a...

Why do you love Dyke March?

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

Pride 2011: How are You a Hero?

This year at Pride our “I heart my sexuality” campaign was back again! The focus for 2011 is “Community in Action” because engaging in...

Is oral sex safer sex?

The answer might be more complicated than you think. Our newest video talks about the benefits and risks of oral sex, including what you...

Pride 2011: Community in Action!

Do you want to be in the next IMPACT Program video about what you love about your sexuality? Or do you want to...

Sexual Health: Female Condom (FC2)

Become an expert on the female condom (FC2)! Our newest sexual health video goes over the basics of the FC2, including how you can...

Young Women’s Sexual Health Video – NEW from IMPACT Program!

Are you sex smart? We’ve already shared some safer sex tips in our male condom and lube videos. Now, you can check out our...

Dyke March Diaries: What We Love

The third Dyke March Diaries entry is about things that we love. Some of us love women, some love men, some love all genders,...

Dyke March Diaries: Sexual Identity

The second Dyke March Diaries entry is about some of the different sexual identities that are included in the LGBTQ community. It is important...

Dyke March Diaries: Coming Out

Coming Out: The first Dyke March Diaries entry talks about the coming out process for LGBTQ people.
Which lube is right for me?

We received such a great response from our condom video. Many of you also had questions about lube, so we decided to make a...

E. Patrick Johnson – Sweet Tea

How do gay black men survive life in Dublin, Ga., Jasper, Texas, Hickory, N.C. and other places big and small in America’s South? The...

What’s Love Got To Do With It

September 21, 2010 at Center on Halsted

It’s not just if you use a condom, its how you use a condom.

We just published result of a study showing 95% of young men who have sex with men (MSM) make errors when using condoms. So...

I ♥ My Sexuality: Being part of a family and community

LGBT Youth talk about connecting to family and community
“Austin Is Doing Something” a mural about HIV/AIDS

We joined the celebration of the Austin Is Doing Something mural in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. The mural raises awareness of HIV and...

What is Bisexuality?

Dr. Brian Dodge of Indiana University answers the question, what is bisexuality? This interview with Dr. Brian Mustanski was filmed at a recent research...

I Heart My Sexuality

Join us at Chicago Pride Fest June 25 and 26, 2010

Record a video about why you are proud of your sexual orientation.



Is Bisexuality the Same for Men & Women?

Is bisexuality the same in men and women? Dr. Brian Dodge of Indiana University discusses gender differences in bisexuality. He is interviewed by Dr....

Coming Out to Parents

A special discussion with Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams about coming out to parents.
Parenting Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Children

A special discussion with Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams about parenting gay, lesbian, and bisexual children.
Parenting a gay, lesbian, or bisexual youth

A discussion with Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams about parenting a gay, lesbian, or bisexual youth. The discussion focuses on parents’ reactions to their...

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