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Released: 6-Aug-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Social work’s role in the health, well-being of LGBTQ people in China
Washington University in St. Louis

As China’s government seeks solutions to social problems related to an evolving society, professional social work is increasingly entering new areas, including migrant and aging services, and is poised to take on a larger role in assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, said two experts from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Newswise: Racial and LGBT bias persists in ridesharing drivers despite mitigation efforts, IU research finds
Released: 22-Jul-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Racial and LGBT bias persists in ridesharing drivers despite mitigation efforts, IU research finds
Indiana University

Despite efforts by ridesharing companies to eliminate or reduce discrimination, research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business finds that racial and LGBT bias persists among drivers. Platforms such as Uber, Lyft and Via responded to drivers' biased behavior by removing information that could indicate a rider's gender and race from initial ride requests. However, researchers still found that biases against underrepresented groups and those who indicate support for the LGBT community continued to exist after drivers accepted a ride request -- when the rider's picture would then be displayed.

Newswise: Fund to aid family advocacy initiative in UIC John Marshall Law School clinic
Released: 20-Jul-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Fund to aid family advocacy initiative in UIC John Marshall Law School clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago

Thanks to Ralla Klepak, who passed away in April 2019 at the age of 82, those in need of representation in family law matters will continue to have her advocacy via a new endowment fund formed at the University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 9:05 PM EDT
Medicine and Education Lag in the Delivery of Services to Enhance Health of Sexually Active Adolescent Gay-Identified Men
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Young gay sexual minority men – especially Black and Latino youth – have their first sexual experiences at younger ages, emphasizing a need for comprehensive and inclusive sex education, according to Rutgers researchers.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 12:40 PM EDT
How Prison and Police Discrimination Affect Black Sexual Minority Men’s Health
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Incarceration and police discrimination may contribute to HIV, depression and anxiety among Black gay, bisexual and other sexual minority men, a Rutgers led study finds.

Newswise: Showing pro-diversity feelings are the norm makes individuals more tolerant
28-Jun-2020 7:45 PM EDT
Showing pro-diversity feelings are the norm makes individuals more tolerant
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Showing people how their peers feel about diversity in their community can make their actions more inclusive, make members of marginalized groups feel more like they belong, and even help close racial achievement gaps in education, according to a new study. Drawing on strategies that have worked in anti-smoking, safe-sex and energy-saving campaigns, University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers decided to try to change behavior by showing people that positive feelings about diversity are the norm.

Released: 29-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Supporting LGBTQ+ youth who are Black, Indigenous and people of color
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Youth who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) that also identify as LGBTQ+ representation of sexual orientations and gender identities experience higher rates of social discrimination and isolation, including bullying, family rejection and a lack of social support. Here are ways that family and friends can support them.

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Released: 22-Jun-2020 5:30 PM EDT
UTEP Professor Collaborates on LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Texas Study
University of Texas at El Paso

Preliminary results from this first-of-its-kind survey found that gender diverse people and queer people of color are experiencing a number of disparities. They include higher rates of COVID-19, more difficulty accessing a variety of services, and higher rates of anxiety and depression, as well as high unemployment compared with white participants.

Newswise: UIC named Illinois' best college for LGBTQ students
Released: 22-Jun-2020 11:55 AM EDT
UIC named Illinois' best college for LGBTQ students
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago has been named Illinois’ best college and university for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, according to the 2020 edition of rankings from BestColleges, in partnership with Campus Pride.

Released: 22-Jun-2020 10:35 AM EDT
VUMC Faculty Receive Grant to Expand LGBTQ Voices in Biomedical Research
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society were recently awarded a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes for Health (NIH) to explore LGBTQ+ perspectives on a range of issues related to biomedical research.

Released: 17-Jun-2020 3:05 AM EDT
How the Pandemic Affects Adolescent and Young Adults Sexual and Reproductive Health
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young adults because of social distancing as well as limited access to contraceptive and abortion care, according to a sexual and reproductive health researcher at the Rutgers School of Public Health who recently published an article on the topic. Leslie Kantor, a professor and chair of the Rutgers Department of Urban Global Public Health, addresses how these challenges, as well as peer and romantic relationships, are being navigated.

Newswise: Most Gender Dysphoria Established by Age 7, Study Finds
Released: 16-Jun-2020 6:00 AM EDT
Most Gender Dysphoria Established by Age 7, Study Finds

Gender dysphoria manifests early in childhood and can persist for years before patients undergo counseling and treatment, a Cedars-Sinai study has found. The findings also reveal that untreated gender dysphoria can result in poor quality of life for transgender people, beginning in childhood and lasting throughout adolescence and adulthood.

Newswise: Expert: Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ workplace protection long overdue
Released: 15-Jun-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Expert: Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ workplace protection long overdue
Virginia Tech

President Trump is expected to present details of his long-awaited peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians today following his White House meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and leader of the opposition, Benny Gantz, earlier this week Virginia Tech’s foreign policy expert Joel Peters is skeptical that the plan will jumpstart the long-stalled effort to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.

26-May-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Older Adults at Higher Risk for Substance Use
New York University

Middle-aged and older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual have higher rates of using certain substances in the past year than those who identify as heterosexual, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU School of Global Public Health.

Newswise: 60 Years of Educational Excellence: Filled with Pride
Released: 1-Jun-2020 5:55 PM EDT
60 Years of Educational Excellence: Filled with Pride
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

As the most diverse university in the United States, the CSU is deeply committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students, faculty and staff. Our focus on diversity and inclusion is a year-round effort, but each June we join the LGBTQIA members of our community in observance of Pride Month, a time to acknowledge the ongoing ​struggle for equality and celebrate the triumphs won.

Released: 27-May-2020 2:10 PM EDT
New Study Evaluates Facial Feminization Outcomes, Benefits for Transgender Women
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Previous studies have reported improved quality of life and mental health in transgender women undergoing facial feminization surgery (FFS) surgery to provide a more feminine facial appearance. But there is still limited evidence on these and other benefits of facial gender confirmation surgery.

Released: 14-May-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Mount Sinai Launches New Institute for Health Equity Research
Mount Sinai Health System

COVID-19 Crisis Spurs Institute to Understand and Combat Health Disparities in Underserved Communities. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, five-time NBA champion, and New York State Senator Brian Benjamin Among Industry and Public Health Leaders to Join Institute Task Force.

Released: 1-May-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Endocrine Society opposes Administration’s effort to roll back protections for transgender health
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society is alarmed by the Administration’s proposed rule to roll back protections for transgender individuals and narrow the scope of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when everyone needs access to health care. The Society calls on the Administration to maintain access to care protections for all, particularly vulnerable populations.

26-Mar-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Transgender teens have high rates of depression, suicidal thoughts
Endocrine Society

Two-thirds of transgender teens have depression, and many also have suicidal thoughts and self-injuring behavior, according to research accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, and publication in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

Newswise: Education the key to equal parenting rights for same-sex couples
Released: 10-Mar-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Education the key to equal parenting rights for same-sex couples
University of South Australia

Same-sex marriage may have been given the green (or rainbow) light in many countries around the world, but it appears there are still some entrenched attitudes in society when it comes to same-sex parenting.

Released: 5-Mar-2020 2:50 PM EST
LGBT health improves when friends are just like them
Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University are the first to pinpoint social factors that can reduce these stressors and improve health for LGBT people. “When we reviewed past studies, we found a pretty stark bias toward studying what made things worse,” said William Chopik, assistant professor of psychology at MSU and lead author.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
University of Utah law professor challenges South Carolina statute that prohibits discussion of LGBTQ relationships in schools
University of Utah

Today, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Clifford Rosky, along with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and private counsel Womble Bond Dickinson and Brazil & Burke, filed a federal lawsuit challenging a South Carolina statute that prohibits public school health education from including any discussion of same-sex relationships except in the context of sexually transmitted diseases. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of the student organization Gender and Sexuality Alliance, as well as the Campaign for Southern Equality and South Carolina Equality Coalition, including their members who are public school students in the state. Click here to learn more and read the complaint. The lawsuit, Gender and Sexuality Alliance v. Spearman, alleges that S.C. Code § 59-32-30(A)(5), a provision of the South Carolina’s 1988 Comprehensive Health Education Act, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discrimi

Released: 12-Feb-2020 12:10 PM EST
Gay and bisexual men have higher rate of skin cancer
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

In the largest study of skin cancer rates among gay, lesbian or bisexual individuals, investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital report important differences in skin cancer prevalence among sexual minorities.

Released: 11-Feb-2020 11:10 AM EST
Young Men Unaware of Risks of HPV Infection and Need for HPV Vaccination
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Young sexual minority men — including those who are gay, bisexual, queer or straight-identified men who have sex with men — do not fully understand their risk for human papillomavirus (HPV) due to a lack of information from health care providers, according to Rutgers researchers.

Newswise: U.S. protections for constitutional rights falling behind global peers
8-Jan-2020 9:00 PM EST
U.S. protections for constitutional rights falling behind global peers
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

New research from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (WORLD) shows that the United States is falling behind its global peers when it comes to guarantees for key constitutional rights. Researchers identified key gaps in the U.S. including guarantees of the right to health, gender equality, and rights for persons with disabilities.

Released: 27-Dec-2019 12:50 PM EST
Gender norms affect attitudes towards gay men and lesbian women globally
Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Washington, DC - Gay men and lesbian women have often been the targets of prejudice and even violence in society.

Newswise: Progressive Gender Beliefs in Teen Boys May Be Protective Against Violence
Released: 27-Dec-2019 12:15 AM EST
Progressive Gender Beliefs in Teen Boys May Be Protective Against Violence
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Teenage boys who witness their peers abusing women and girls are much more likely to bully and fight with others, as well as behave abusively toward their dates, compared to teenage boys who don’t witness such behaviors, according to a new study.

Released: 20-Dec-2019 9:25 AM EST
Discrimination impacts health of LGBT people, analysis finds
Cornell University

In a review of thousands of peer-reviewed studies, the What We Know Project, an initiative of Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality, has found a strong link between anti-LGBT discrimination and harms to the health and well-being of LGBT people.

Released: 19-Dec-2019 6:00 AM EST
Nursing Leaders Convene at Columbia Nursing for First National LGBTQ Health Summit
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

The first National Nursing LGBTQ Health Summit was a first step toward creating a national health action plan to raise awareness of and improve LGBTQ health.

17-Dec-2019 2:20 PM EST
Caring for Transgender Persons: What Clinicians Should Know
Mount Sinai Health System

The New England Journal of Medicine review by Mount Sinai experts will serve as a major resource and guide for all physicians looking for best care strategies

Released: 2-Dec-2019 12:40 PM EST
This World AIDS Day Finds Us at a Crossroads
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA)

This World AIDS Day marks a promising and unprecedented point in a quest begun nearly four decades ago to end the global public health threat of HIV through science and solidarity. Increasingly, effective and essential technologies, medicines and measures to effectively treat the virus and prevent transmissions are finding their way to where they are needed most and are demonstrating that we have what is needed to end this pandemic. For the first time, the United States has developed a plan aiming to end the American epidemic. And in keeping with hard-earned knowledge as well as with the theme of this World AIDS Day, communities are at the center of ambitious responses. Still, this World AIDS Day finds progress stalled by policies and politics that threaten the momentum we have gathered.

Released: 25-Nov-2019 3:35 PM EST
Study reframes the history of LGBT mental health care
Cornell University

New research reveals that community-based clinics and clinicians play an essential role in reshaping both mental health care for LGBT people and broader attitudes about sexuality and gender.

Released: 20-Nov-2019 3:50 PM EST
LGBTQ beauty vloggers draw on queer culture to stand out
Cornell University

New Cornell research explores how a racially diverse group of LGBTQ beauty vloggers navigates seemingly contradictory roles: masculine and feminine; authentic and heavily made up. The vloggers often provide unpaid content to YouTube, but have the potential to enrich themselves; they’re vulnerable to harassment, but they also promote the visibility of marginalized people.

Newswise: Philadelphia Foundation Grants $100,000 To Penn Nursing From Robert I. Jacobs Fund for HIV Prevention Study
Released: 20-Nov-2019 10:25 AM EST
Philadelphia Foundation Grants $100,000 To Penn Nursing From Robert I. Jacobs Fund for HIV Prevention Study
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Penn Nursing has received a $100,000 grant from the Robert I. Jacobs Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation for HIV research. The grant supports an investigation, “Youth-driven Perspectives in HIV Biomedical Prevention and Cure Research,” led by José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH, Presidential Professor of Nursing.

Released: 11-Nov-2019 10:50 AM EST
Aided by Cornell legal clinic, Ghana native rebuilding life in US
Cornell University

Cornell Law School's Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic worked to win asylum for a Ghanaian man who traveled to the United States after surviving a mob attack in Accra in 2015.

Newswise: November Tip Sheet from Cedars-Sinai
Released: 5-Nov-2019 4:05 PM EST
November Tip Sheet from Cedars-Sinai

Tips for this month include: • More heart valve patients now are able to choose minimally invasive procedures instead of open heart surgery. • Our experts tell how to protect your lungs during wildfire season. • Cedars-Sinai scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare Equality Index. • 3D mammograms are becoming more popular and could save more lives. • Men's Health experts available to discuss "Movember" topics. • Flu experts also available

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