The LGBT Health & Development Program

Youth Blog

Welcome to our Youth Blog! Here you’ll find frequent posts on issues pertaining to the young LGBT
community. Whether you’re just beginning to explore your sexual orientation and gender identity, or are
interested in learning more about LGBT health and development, check out the posts below from fellow
youth, researchers, and the IMPACT staff.


Youth Blog – Queer Summer Reading

Looking for some LGBTQ summer reading? These amazing young adult novels featuring queer characters of color come highly recommended. Read More »

Youth Blog–Affirming Our Queer Bodies and Their Capabilities

Whatever your waist size, skin color, health status, or gender presentation, you are worthy of body love. Read More »

Youth Blog–Responding to Bullying at School

Getting bullied at school? Here’s what you can do! Read More »

Youth Blog—Ask an Expert: Is It Safe to Hang out with People I Meet Online?

Sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s safe to meet up with people you meet online. Here are a few tips to help! Read More »

Youth Blog — “Undetectable”: What does it really mean?

We’ve heard people get confused about what it means to have an undetectable viral load. Does being undetectable mean you don’t have HIV? Read More »

Youth Blog – Be Heard For Who You Are!

A new Voice & Communication group for Trans* Youth & Young Adults in Chicago is launching soon. Read More »

Youth Blog—Feeling Heard When Dating Someone Deaf and LGBTQ

Interested in dating someone who is LGBTQ and deaf? Start here to figure out what you can do to make a connection. Read More »

How I Became an LGBT Health Researcher: Q&A with Antonia Clifford

RADAR Project Manager Antonia Clifford discusses how her past experiences working with LGBT youth led her to the career she has today. Read More »

Youth Blog – Finding hidden HIV virus in the body

Researchers are finding new answers in the quest to end HIV. Catch up on the latest breakthrough towards a cure. Read More »

Youth Blog–How Do I Know I Have Received Sexual Consent?

Is touching okay? Is kissing okay? How do I know I’ve reached a limit? The answers lie in seeking and ensuring consent. Read More »

Youth Blog–Syphilis on the Rise: What Do You Need to Know?

Think syphilis is a thing of the past? We discuss symptoms, prevention, treatment, and why it matters for men who have sex with men. Read More »

Youth Blog—What to Remember on Trans Day of Remembrance?

On Trans Day of Remembrance, learn ways to fight the violence faced by trans women/trans feminine people by being a better ally. Read More »

Youth Blog—Ask an Expert: Is It Ever Okay to Have Anal Sex without a Condom?

What if I wash beforehand? Or just got tested for HIV? Our expert talks about myths and reality. Read More »

Youth Blog—Remembering LGBTQ Women in STEM

For LGBT History Month, we ask: Do you know about these LGBTQ women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics fields? Read More »

Youth Blog—Commit to Action: Ways to Participate in This Year’s National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD)

October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), a yearly campaign that focuses on HIV testing, education, and prevention. Read More »

Youth Blog—Your Annual Check-Up: Going to the Gynecologist as a Trans-Masculine Individual

Everyone should feel safe & validated with their doctor! Here is some information for visiting the OB/GYN as a trans-masculine individual. Read More »

Seeking Local Actors and Community Members for HIV Awareness Videos

Participate in a video project with the IMPACT Program and make a difference! Read More »

Applications for Internships with IMPACT Due Sept. 18

Experience translational research first hand - join us as a fall intern! Read More »

Youth Blog–Gender: We Don’t All Have to Follow the Rules

What is gender nonconformity, and how does it relate to being LGBT? Read More »

Leaders of LGBT Health Research: Q & A with Dr. Brian Mustanski of IMPACT

Brian Mustanski’s vision for IMPACT was to create a program that had the full spectrum, from science to application and service. Read More »

Youth Blog—LGBTQ and Disabled: Another “Closet” for Some

Disabilities are far more common than most people think, and LGBTQ people with disabilities deal with unique issues. Read More »

Youth Blog–Ask an Expert: Should Girls Who Have Sex with Other Girls Worry about Sexually Transmitted Infections?

Think you are at low risk for STIs if you don’t have sex with guys? Check out this month’s Ask an Expert! Read More »

Youth Blog—What’s the Deal with Herpes?

Herpes is one of the most common STIs, but many people with herpes don’t know they have it. So what do you need to know to protect yourself? Read More »

Youth Blog–LGBT History beyond Stonewall: The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot

Stonewall was an important moment, but it actually wasn’t the first time that LGBT people in the US organized and demanded better treatment. Read More »

Youth Blog—Transitioning in College

Transitioning in college carries its own set of challenges on top of academic responsibilities. Unsure where to go for help? Start here. Read More »


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