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Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Person’s Attitudes and Experiences Survey

Dear Participant:

We are a sexual minority research team from the University of Tennessee conducting an empirical study examining the attitudes and experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) persons. This online survey will ask questions about attitudes and experiences you may have had as a sexual minority person, how you deal with life’s challenges, psychological well-being, and demographics. We sincerely invite you to participate in this survey to help us learn more about LGB persons in our communities!

To be eligible for this study, you must be at least 18 years old, experience some degree of same-sex attraction, and currently reside in the United States. The survey is confidential, and takes about 25-35 minutes to complete. As an incentive to participate, all participants will be given the chance to enter a raffle awarding $20 Starbucks gift cards to five randomly selected persons. If you want to be entered into the raffle without participating in the study, send an email to requesting to do so. For those interested in participating in this study, click on the following hypertext link (or cut and paste it into your browser):

Call for Participants

Dear Colleagues, My name is Jason Campbell-Foster and I currently serve as the Assistant Dean for Student Involvement at Northeastern University. As a colleague in the field of student affairs, I am reaching out to you as the student investigator for a doctoral thesis, and am seeking your assistance in identifying participants who you believe may be best fit to assist in this research. The title for this project is “LGBT College Student Cyberactivism: Making Meaning of Participation in Online Social Action Communities.” The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Northeastern University has approved my investigation (IRB# CPS15-07-05) to examine how LGBT college students perceive their engagement with online communities that center on social action. The goal of this research study is to understand how certain, traditional age LGBT college students utilize the internet to engage in activism, how effective they perceive this involvement to be, and what resources that have used to engage in activism online. Exploring these questions will provide us with an important insight into how the internet provides a major resource for college student activism. I am seeking participants who identify as LGBT and are traditional college students (age 18-21) with experience engaging in online activism. If you would like to nominate student leaders to participate, please direct them to use the following form to apply for consideration .This study will take part over three interviews: the first being a 20-30 minute introduction; the second a 60-90 minute exploration into the student experience and a final interview (up to 30 minutes) for clarification and reflection purposes. Information will be kept confidential and your students’ names will never be shared with others or used in published results. Selection of participants is not guaranteed but will be determined after a review of their responses to an introductory questionnaire have been recorded. Participation is voluntary. Please contact me with any questions, concerns or comments. I appreciate your assistance with identifying qualified students. My email is Sincerely, Jason Campbell-Foster Student Investigator/EdD candidate in the College of Professional Studies Northeastern University

Gender Neutral Pronouns

Gender Neutral Pronouns, Washington Post

Can They Be Accepted as a Singular Pronoun?, Wall Street Journal

A University Recognizes a Third Gender Neutral, New York Times

Is it Time We Agreed on a Gender Neutral Singular Pronoun?, The Guardian

They’re Here, They’re Genderqueer, Get Used to Gender Neutral Pronouns, JSTOR Daily

Sweden Is about to Add a Gender Neutral Pronoun to Its Official Dictionary, Washington Post

He, or She, or Hen, NPR

Sweden Adds Gender Neutral Pronoun to Dictionary, The Guardian

Mx. Gender Neutral Title, Merriam-Webster


LGBT Health

LGBT Health
Table of Contents Alert

Volume: 2, Number: 2, June 2015
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Special Issue on Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health
Guest Edited by Patricia A. Robertson, MD and Suzanne L. Dibble, PhD, RN

Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Research: Building the Evidence for Best Practices
Patricia A. Robertson and Suzanne L. Dibble
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 89-90.
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Women Who Have Sex with Women Living in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review of Sexual Health and Risk Behaviors
Susana A. Tat, Jeanne M. Marrazzo, and Susan M. Graham
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 91-104.
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Original Articles
Challenges in Intervention Research for Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Allison M. Rizer, D. Richard Mauery, Suzanne G. Haynes, Babette Couser, and Cindy Gruman
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 105-112.
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Disability Among Sexual Minority Women: Descriptive Data from an Invisible Population
Michele J. Eliason, Marty Martinson, and Rebecca M. Carabez
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 113-120.
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Health Behavior, Status, and Outcomes Among a Community-Based Sample of Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Wendy B. Bostwick, Tonda L. Hughes, and Bethany Everett
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 121-126.
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HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Infection and Risk Behaviors Among Heterosexual, Bisexual, and Lesbian Women Who Inject Drugs in Australia
Jenny Iversen, Kate Dolan, Nadine Ezard, and Lisa Maher
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 127-134.
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Female Couples Undergoing IVF with Partner Eggs (Co-IVF): Pathways to Parenthood
Arielle Yeshua, Joseph A. Lee, Georgia Witkin, and Alan B. Copperman
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 135-139.
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Predictors and Consequences of Negative Patient-Provider Interactions Among a Sample of African American Sexual Minority Women
Chien-Ching Li, Alicia K. Matthews, Frances Aranda, Chirag Patel, and Maharshi Patel
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 140-146.
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Perceived Stigma, Discrimination, and Disclosure of Sexual Orientation Among a Sample of Lesbian Veterans Receiving Care in the Department of Veterans Affairs
Kristin M. Mattocks, J. Cherry Sullivan, Christina Bertrand, Rebecca L. Kinney, Michelle D. Sherman, and Carolyn Gustason
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 147-153.
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An Examination of Past and Current Influences of Rurality on Lesbians’ Overweight/Obesity Risks
K. Nikki Barefoot, Jacob C. Warren, and K. Bryant Smalley
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 154-161.
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The Social and Cultural Significance of Women’s Sexual Identities Should Guide Health Promotion
Rada Germanos, Rachel Deacon, and Julie Mooney-Somers
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 162-168.
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Lesbian- and Bisexually-Identified Women’s Use of Lubricant During Their Most Recent Sexual Event with a Female Partner: Findings from a Nationally Representative Study in the United States
Vanessa R. Schick, Devon Hensel, Debby Herbenick, Brian Dodge, Michael Reece, Stephanie Sanders, and J. Dennis Fortenberry
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 169-175.
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Aging, Weight, and Health Among Adult Lesbian and Bisexual Women: A Metasynthesis of the Multisite “Healthy Weight Initiative” Focus Groups
Samantha Garbers, Cheryl McDonnell, Sarah C. Fogel, Michele Eliason, Natalie Ingraham, Jane A. McElroy, Anita Radix, and Suzanne G. Haynes
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 176-187.
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Short Report
Comparison of Lesbian and Bisexual Women to Heterosexual Women’s Screening Prevalence for Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancer in Missouri
Jane A. McElroy, Jenna J. Wintemberg, and Amy Williams
LGBT Health, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2015: 188-192.
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Marriage Benefits for Same Sex Spouses

Office of the Chancellor
Dear Faculty and Staff:

I am pleased to tell you that the State of Tennessee’s Benefits Administration is now accepting and processing insurance applications from same-sex married couples.

This change applies to all eligible UT faculty and staff and is the result of the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The historic ruling helps the university take a significant step forward in our efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion on our campus.

Applicants who were married in another state prior to the ruling will be eligible to apply through August 25, sixty days from the date of the ruling. Applicants who marry after the ruling will have sixty days from the date of their marriage to apply.

The enrollment change form may be downloaded from the State of Tennessee website.

Applicants who have sixty days from the date of the Supreme Court ruling to apply may make the coverage effective on the June 26 decision date but will be required to pay the full month’s premium for the added spouse and/or dependents. Applicants may also choose to make the coverage effective date July 1.

All applications and copies of supporting documents should be returned to the UT Payroll Office, P115 Andy Holt Tower, 1331 Circle Park Drive. UT Payroll will submit the applications to the state on the employee’s behalf.

If the application is received outside the initial eligibility period, or if the employee is requesting to add other eligible dependents along with their spouse, the rules regarding enrollment by special qualifying event or open enrollment will apply.

Additional information on eligibility and enrollment can be found in the plan documents.

All eligible employees may also add their spouse and dependents during the annual enrollment period this fall.

If you have questions, you can call the Benefits Administration Service Center at 800-253-9981 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT. You may also call the UT Payroll Office at 865-974-5251 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the UT Human Resources Call Center at 888-444-UTHR from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Jimmy G. Cheek

Journal of LGBT Youth

Journal of LGBT Youth, Volume 12, Issue 3, July-September 2015 is now available onlineTaylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

The Importance of Gender and Gender Nonconformity for Same-Sex-Attracted Dutch Youth’s Perceived Experiences of Victimization Across Social Contexts
Jantine van Lisdonk, Diana D. van Bergen, Harm J. Hospers & Saskia Keuzenkamp
Pages: 233-253
DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2015.1040188

Media: A Catalyst for Resilience in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth
Shelley L. Craig, Lauren McInroy, Lance T. McCready & Ramona Alaggia
Pages: 254-275
DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2015.1040193

Wearing a Rainbow Bumper Sticker: Experiential Learning on Homophobia, Heteronormativity, and Heterosexual Privilege
Lisa M. Nunn & Sophia C. Bolt
Pages: 276-301
DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2015.1045963

Social and Sexual Risk Factors Among Sexual Minority Youth
Katherine Quinn & Allison Ertl
Pages: 302-322
DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2015.1040192

Exploring Young Adult Sexual Minority Women’s Perspectives on LGBTQ Smoking
Emily J. Youatt, Michelle M. Johns, Emily S. Pingel, Jorge H. Soler & José A. Bauermeister
Pages: 323-342
DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2015.1022242

Book Reviews
Supernatural, and Occasionally Queer, Youth
Mary Catherine Miller & Mollie V. Blackburn
Pages: 343-349
DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2015.1040189

Fostering More Equitable Schools for LGBT Youth: A Review of LGBT Youth in America’s Schools
Jeffrey M. Poirier
Pages: 350-355
DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2015.1040190

Pedagogical Practices Challenging the Violences of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: A Review of Acting Out!
Pages: 356-360
DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2015.1040191

A Window Into the Lives of Queer Youth: A Review of In a Queer Voice: Journeys of Resilience From Adolescence to Adulthood
Wade Kelly
Pages: 361-365
DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2015.1040187

ETSU Conference–Call for Proposals


On Friday, October 2, 2015, East Tennessee State University’s H.E.R.O.E.S. (Helping Educate Regarding Orientation, Equality, and the Spectrum) will be hosting the second annual LGBTQ in the Academy Conference as part of our LGBTQ History Month. This is a small academic conference focused on work from all fields that is being done surrounding sexual, affectional, and/or gender minorities.

Anyone who is interested is invited to attend the conference, which will be held on ETSU’s campus in the D.P. Culp Center. Additionally, anyone who does work related to sexual, affectional, and/or gender minorities is invited to submit an abstract for consideration for presentation of either a poster or a 15-minute talk.

Additional information and the abstract submission form can be found here.

Bullying Policy Report

district coverFrom Statehouse to Schoolhouse: Anti-Bullying Policy Efforts in U.S. States and School Districts, examines the anti-bullying policies of all 13,181 school districts across the country.

It provides the prevalence of anti-bullying policies in all U.S. school districts and whether state laws and guidance are being implemented at the district level.

In addition, the report explores whether district policies:

  • Protect students specifically on the basis of personal characteristics, such as sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race and religion;
  • Require professional development for educators on bullying and district accountability for incident reporting; and
  • Have an impact on school climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Check out the full report and a recording of our webinar.

– See more at:

Trans Survey

This is the follow up to the historic 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which was the most comprehensive study of the lives and challenges facing transgender people across the nation.  That survey has been useful in our work across Tennessee in educating the public and law and policy makers about the reality of trans lives.

We want to triple the number of participants in Tennessee, and you can help by signing up today at

Organizations call for SOGI on College Admissions Forms

Calling the Question

August 3, 2015

Scott Jaschik
In 2010, when Campus Pride urged the Common Application to add optional questions about gender identity and sexual orientation, the idea was novel. No colleges at that time included such questions, and early in 2011, the Common Application rejected the proposal.

But in August 2011, Elmhurst College became the first college to add such questions and others have followed. Among them are such large and prominent institutions as Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Iowa. With the University of California system adding the question this year, a huge applicant pool will face the questions — optional as they are at all institutions that have adopted them.

When the Common Application rejected the idea in 2011, a statement from the organization said that it might review the concept “later this decade,” based, among other things, on “evolving cultural norms.”

On Friday, 25 organizations that are advocates for gay and lesbian and transgender students, or are civil rights organizations, sent a joint letter to the Common Application saying that it’s time for the organization to add the questions. The letter notes that many more students want to answer those questions and may not identify with the standard male/female distinction traditionally found on applications. With hundreds of colleges using the Common Application, organizers of the letter see it as key to their view that applicants should have the option of answering these questions.

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