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—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 »

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 »

How I Became an LGBT Health Researcher: Q&A with Krystal Madkins

What makes a career in LGBT health worthwhile? Krystal, Project Director of KIU!, discusses experiences that led to her path to success. Read More »

Youth Blog—Stereotypes Against Queer Asian American and Pacific Islanders

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month we ask you to challenge your assumptions of what it means to be a queer AAPI. Read More »

My Path to LGBT Health Research: Q&A with Dr. Kathryn Macapagal

Dr. Kathryn Macapagal, faculty at the IMPACT Program, discusses how she carved her own career path and how you can, too. Read More »

Youth Blog—Speak Your Mind Without Saying a Word—Day of Silence is April 17

Wondering how you can speak out against injustice? Organize a Day of Silence at your school. Read More »

Youth Blog—Ask an Expert: How Do I Tell Others That I’m Transgender?

Sharing that you’re transgender can be difficult and rewarding. How do you know if you’re ready and how do you start the conversation? Read More »

Youth Blog – Coming Out to Asian and Pacific Islander American Families

A sneak peak at Asian Pacific Islander Americans' LGBTQ experience. Intersectionality matters! Read More »

Youth Blog – You Are Not Alone: Eating Disorders and LGBTQ Youth

Eating disorders can affect people from every race, income level, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Read More »

Youth Blog—Keeping It Safe(r) and Steamy

How to have a healthy relationship and satisfying sex life when you or your partner has HIV Read More »

Youth Blog – I Am Who I Say I Am: Changing Your Name and Gender on Official Documents

It can be confusing enough becoming who you are. Here are some tips on how to make sure your IDs reflect your identity. Read More »

Youth Blog—What You Should Know about Gonorrhea and Chlamydia

These two sexually transmitted infections are common and curable, but easy to miss without getting tested. Read More »

NIDA Offers Paid Summer Research Internship Opportunities

IMPACT will host an intern from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s program for high school and undergraduate students. Apply by Feb. 14. Read More »

Youth Blog—Poppers: More Risky Than You Think?

Poppers, a common club drug, can be relatively easy to find for buyers over 18, but is the high worth the risks? Read More »

Gender Identity Map

Explore our interactive map to discover the many different but related identities and expressions that make up the idea of “gender.” Read More »

Youth Blog—Be in the Know about PrEP!

PrEP is an innovative HIV prevention strategy that could change the way we fight the AIDS epidemic. Read More »


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