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—Ask an Expert: How Do I Know if I’m Gay?

A lot of young people email us and ask: “How do I know if I’m gay?” Our Ask An Expert blog tackles how to think through these questions.... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Youth Blog – The Affordable Care Act and How to Sign Up for Insurance Today!

Are you trying to figure out how the new healthcare law applies to you? Do you need to know where to start? Well, we’ve got you covered! Read More »

Introduction to Queer Sex Ed

Ed describes sexual health and introduces the Queer Sex Ed online intervention for queer youth. Read More »

Start the Conversation

Keep yourself healthy through good communication. Now is the time to start the conversation. Read More »

Spring 2014 Internships with the IMPACT Program

Join our team! Apply before February 7th to be a spring intern with IMPACT. Read More »

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 response to people's sexual orientation. Read More »

Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals (age 14-30) needed for health research!

Contribute to transgender and gender nonconforming health research by completing an online survey. Chance to win $50! Read More »

Youth Blog – Pronouns & Privilege: A Change of Perspective

What would the world be like if we got to know people the way they see themselves? Read More »

Youth Blog—The Truth about HIV “Cures” (Part II)

Is there a Cure for AIDS? We update you on the advances since part one of this article. Read More »

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

This day is a time to grieve, learn, and reach out, as we honor those who lost their lives for daring to live their truth. Read More »

Registration Now Open for the 2013 LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference

Join researchers, service providers, and students in Chicago for a full day of activities focused on LGBT health throughout the lifespan. Read More »


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