Sexual and Gender Minority Research

In October 2016, sexual and gender minorities (SGM) were formally designated as a health disparity population by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This was following the 2015, establishment of the NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO), which coordinates sexual and gender minority (SGM) related research and activities within the NIH.

In 2016, MAC Director, Katherine P. Theall, Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Scholar, Jennifer Glick Ph.D. received NIH funding as part of their involvement in the Louisiana State University Comprehensive Alcohol and HIV Research Center (CARC, P60AA009803) to expand existing MAC research to address SGM. Additional team members on this project include Alex Lopez, Miranda Pollock, Kendra Davis, and Stephanie De Wolfe. The term SGM encompasses lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, as well as those whose sexual orientation, gender identity, and expressions, or reproductive development varies from traditional, societal, cultural, or physiological norms. read more