Please Note: this page has two sections, Programs & Opportunities and Publications.


Programs & Opportunities

SGM Cancer Care Workshop (for early career researchers)

Building the Next Generation of Physicians  (BNGAP)

April 21 and April 22, 2021  |   New York City

Target Audience: Early-career researchers along the MD, DO, DrPH, and PhD career pathway, particularly faculty at the Assistant Professor or Instructor levels who have limited SGM cancer research experience but are in process of developing and launching their unique research agendas for their professional careers. Senior researchers, post-doctorates, residents, and fellows will have second priority for attending the workshop, if space permits.  Applications are due November 30, 2020.


Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) in Research on Risk and Prevention of Black Youth Suicide (NOT-MH-20-055).

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Due date: August 25, 2020

Purpose: The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to encourage research focused on Black child and adolescent suicide, including Black youth who are LGBTQ. Recent data suggest that Black youth, especially those under age 13, appear to be at higher than average risk for suicide and suicide-related behaviors.


Creating Health Equity for Young SGM People:  A one-hour scientific webinar

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

June 30, 2020 – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern – Via Webex | Click here to Register!

Health disparities among young people based on sexual orientation and gender identity are not going away. Recent studies have shown the size of the disparity in suicide attempts has not shrunk over the past 20+ years. HIV diagnoses have been continuing to increase among young men who have sex with men (MSM), while they decline in many other groups.  Research examining multi-level drivers of health disparities among young MSM and that uses community-engaged methods will be discussed. The talk, by Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., Director of the Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, will conclude with a model of the multilevel changes that will be necessary to allow sexual and gender minority youth to have an opportunity to attain their highest level of health.


NIH's Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) Announces Webinar on Navigating the NIH for Researchers Interested in DSD and Intersex Populations

Target audience for this webinar is researchers interested in working on differences of sex development (DSD) and with intersex populations. The goals are to increase understanding of the NIH structure and processes, enhance capacity, and provide researchers with the opportunity to interact with NIH staff and established researchers in Sexual & Gender Minority (SGM) health, with a focus on DSD and intersex populations.

June 1, 2020 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  (EDT)
Location: This meeting is available by WebEx only.



Asexual-Identified Adults: Interactions with Health-Care Practitioners
Flanagan, Shelby K.Peters, Heather J.; Archives of Sexual Behavior, Jul2020; 49(5): 1631-1643. (Article) ISSN: 0004-0002 PMID: NLM32222850 AN: 143818852

Historically, people with minority sexual and gender identities (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) have been pathologized by mental and medical health practitioners. The potential for pathologization of asexuality is particularly salient considering a lack of sexual desire or interest has been studied in relationship to depression, antidepressant medication, and hypothyroidism. To explore this potential pathologization, asexual individuals were asked about their interactions with mental health and medical practitioners. The findings from this study demonstrate the importance of including information about asexual identities in health education and ongoing diversity training in order to increase the cultural sensitivity of health practitioners.


Assessment of the Prevalence of Medical Student Mistreatment by Sex, Race/Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation
Hill, Katherine A.; Samuels, Elizabeth A.; Gross, Cary P.; Desai, Mayur M.; Sitkin Zelin, Nicole; Latimore, Darin; Huot, Stephen J.; Cramer, Laura D.; Wong, Ambrose H.; Boatright, Dowin
JAMA Internal Medicine (JAMA INTERN MED), May2020; 180(5): 653-665.

Previous studies have shown that medical student mistreatment is common. However, few data exist to date describing how the prevalence of medical student mistreatment varies by student sex, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation.  This research examines the association between mistreatment and these factors.


"It'd be great to have the options there": a mixed-methods study of gender identity questions on clinic forms in a primary care setting.
Guss CE, Eiduson R, Khan A, Dumont O, Forman SF, Gordon AR.
Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020 May 10:S1054-139X(20)30146-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.03.030.


HIV testing and PrEP use in a national probability sample of sexually active transgender people in the United States.
Sevelius JM, Poteat T, Luhur WE, Reisner SL, Meyer IH.
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2020 May 13. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002403.


Violence Through the Lens of Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Trans People in Asia
OutRight Action International | May 2020

Domestic violence is an ongoing global crisis. Domestic and family violence is a crisis for LGBTIQ people, too.  This research was coordinated by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and conducted over a two-year period by women’s rights, sexuality rights and gender rights activists based in Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka. The researchers uncovered high levels of family violence perpetrated against LBT individuals as well as widespread discrimination in education, health and work sectors.  Several of the reports are available in native-languages as well as English.


State of Aging with Inaugural HIV™ National Survey

Structural barriers to care and social isolation were identified as the most significant Issues for people aging with HIV. The survey also identified significant gaps in care coordination and a lack of comprehensive resources for people aging with HIV, complicating the provision and quality of services for this growing population.  The respondents were people living with HIV over the age of 50 representing 39 U.S states and Puerto Rico. The gender makeup was 66% gay, 22% heterosexual, 5% bisexual, 2% queer, 1% two-spirit and other 2%. The majority of respondents were lower income, 60% White, 21% Black, 12% Latino, 6% Multi-Racial with smaller percentages from Asian American, American Indian and Pacific Islander.

A comprehensive report on the survey which includes findings and implications on care coordination can be viewed at: