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.


Love LGBT Youth? Help Us Make an IMPACT.

Our research can change the lives of LGBT youth. Donate to the IMPACT Program today and help us achieve this vision. Read More »

2013 Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference Showcases Research from the Midwest

As Illinois marriage equality became law, researchers, practitioners, and students convened to discuss LGBT health throughout the life span. Read More »

White Paper: A Healthy Chicago for LGBT Youth

A new IMPACT Program White Paper reports on eight areas where LGBT Youth in Chicago face health disparities – and how to take action. Read More »

Don’t Tell My Mother: IMPACT Fundraiser Is a Hilarious Hit!

A sold out crowd listened, laughed, and rocked out, all in support of the IMPACT Program. Read More »

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit May 2-5 in Chicago

The Windy City Times is hosting 3-day summit for youth, nonprofits, activists, etc. to create a plan to address LGBTQ youth homelessness. Read More »

Community Forum on HIV Cure Research – April 23

Thought stopping AIDS was impossible? The story is changing. Join us at an IMPACT-sponsored event discussing new frontiers in HIV research. Read More »

Research Blog – The Relationship Between Mood and Sexuality

We describe a new questionnaire, the MSQ-R, which sheds light on the complex relationship between positive and negative moods and sexuality. Read More »

APRIL 15th: Free HIV Testing & Screening for Keep It Up!

On April 15th, the IMPACT Program will collaborate with Northwestern University’s LGBT Resource Center and Vida/SIDA to provide free and confidential HIV testing. Read More »

Northwestern Honored at Center on Halsted Gala

Dr. Brian Mustanski accepted the Community Spirit Award on behalf of Northwestern at Center on Halsted’s 2014 Human First gala. Read More »

Youth Blog—Happy 5 Year Anniversary, Project Q2!

One of the IMPACT Program’s first projects turned 5 this year! Here’s a look at what makes Q2 special. Read More »

Vida/SIDA now offers HIV testing on Saturdays!

All Vida/SIDA locations now provide HIV testing and services on Saturdays. Read More »

Research Blog – Growing LGB Acceptance among Latinos

Hispanics’ support of LGBT concerns is on the rise. Read More »

Research Blog – Recent Publication Shows High Prevalence of Violent Experiences among Gay Youth

Many minority YMSM report a history of violence and abuse, and programs focused on improving resilience are needed. Read More »

Youth Blog— Being an Ally to the Transgender Community

Understanding gender identity, transgender youth, and how to become an ally. Read More »

Tickets on Sale for April 7th Show Benefiting the IMPACT Program

LA's hit comedy “Don’t Tell My Mother!” crashes the Windy City in a benefit for The IMPACT Program at Northwestern University Read More »

Youth Blog—Some “Dos and Don’ts” for Online Meeting, Chatting, and Dating

How do you use social media to make new friends or date? Here are some tips that can help keep you safe online. Read More »

Youth Blog – Knowing Your Rights as a Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming Person

Do you know your rights? Check out Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Toolkit. Read More »

HIV testing is now available at Norwegian American Hospital!

Vida/SIDA is now offering FREE HIV testing at Norwegian American Hospital! Read More »

Research Blog – New Longitudinal Analysis Highlights Key Risk Factors for Smoking in LGBT Youth

New study investigates the effects of psychosocial variables and demographic differences in smoking habits among LGBT youth. Read More »

A Longitudinal Examination of Risk and Protective Factors for Cigarette Smoking Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

Longitudinal study of the correlation between smoking habits and victimization, psychological stress, and social support in LGBTQ youth Read More »

Research Blog – Providing LGBT Competent Therapy

Psychologists are working to address the lack of LGBT competency among therapists, but much remains to be done. Read More »

American Journal of Public Health Releases Special Issue on LGBT Youth

Co-edited by Dr. Mustanski with articles by IMPACT faculty, the issue reports on the largest population-based project on LGBT youth health. Read More »

Special Section on Sexual Health in Gay and Bisexual Male Couples Published in Archives of Sexual Behavior

Findings answer new questions and challenge traditional research on male couples. Co-edited by Dr. Mustanski with contributions from IMPACT. Read More »

Youth Blog — Why It’s So Important for All Young Gay Black Men to Get Tested for HIV!

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Know your status! Read More »

Youth Blog—Ask an Expert: Too Shy?

How to start small to conquer a big fear. Read More »

Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) Position with the IMPACT Program

The IMPACT Program at Northwestern University is seeking candidates focused on LGBT health for a translational research faculty position. Read More »

Know Your Status! Get Tested at Vida/SIDA!

Do you know your HIV status? Get tested for free at Chicago's community clinic Vida/SIDA! Read More »

Online Behavioral Diaries: A Tool for Observation or Intervention?

Diary studies are most often used to observe behavior, but new research suggests they may be able to inspire changes in sexual behavior. Read More »


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