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Deconstructing a Disparity: Association of Violence and Discrimination with Smoking Among Sexual Minority Youth Adults

This afternoon, I attended some intriguing presentations from the Population Center’s Summer Institute graduates. Among them, John Blosnich, PhD candidate of Public Health Sciences at West Virginia University stuck out as a researcher looking into violence and discrimination within the context of LGB youth smoking rates. In his presentation, titled:  “Deconstructing a Disparity: Association of Violence and Discrimination with Smoking Among Sexual Minority Youth Adults,” John discusses the hypothesis that minority stress (including homophobia, alcohol abuse, depression, disclosure and bullying) may impact smoking rates among LGB youth–specifically, with regarding minority stress, how sexual minorities use tobacco as a strategy to deal with stress.

Using the National College Health Assessment Survey Fall 2008/Spring 2009 data, John identified the variables victimization, discrimination and tobacco use in comparing gay, lesbians and bisexuals with heterosexuals. As expected, GLB youth experienced not only higher rates of smoking but also higher rates of sexual assault, discrimination, physical assault and threats. However, despite higher rates of all of these factors, higher rates of discrimination and assault did not translate into higher smoking rates. In other words, discrimination and other minority related negative experiences did not affect smoking rates in this sample.

As a result of these findings, John plans to look at resiliency as a factor in why LGBT people who experience discrimination don’t smoke. In addition, he plans to look more closely at gender and race within this context. We are very excited to follow the progress of John’s research project to see what his research yields. Stay tuned for some information, and for more information or to discuss the project, please email him.

by Emilia Dunham

Program Associate with the Network for LGBT Tobacco Control

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August 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Network to Present @ Getting the e-Word OUT: Using Social Media to Reach LGBT Communities

Getting The e-Word OUT
Using Social Media To Reach The LGBT Community
Monday February 8, 2010   2:00 – 5:00 PM
Chicago Department of Health
333 South State Street, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Chicago, IL 60626

Facebook •  Twitter •  Myspace •  Youtube •  Ning •  Blog •  Tweet

Social Media is all the talk these days…could it improve your program?

Getting the e-Word OUT symposium will help agencies and organizations serving the LGBT communty understand how to plan, staff and fund social media tools for programs. Not a technical discussion, but a symposium on how organizations can get results using social media.
Individuals with technical skills will improve their business planning skills, those with no technical skills will find out what skills they will need to recruit.

Who Should Attend?

  • Program Managers
  • Agency directors
  • Study coordinators
  • Public information staff
  • LGBT community organizations
  • Interested community members

What the Symposium Will Cover:

  • How do you plan for and implement a social media component in a program?
  • What about outside talent? What about costs?
  • Is there a difference between the tools?
  • What media do my clients subscribe to?
  • What have others done?

Featured Presenters:

  • Gustavo Torrez, Program Manager, National LGBT Tobacco Control Network
  • Gordon Mayer, Vice President, Community Media Workshop, Columbia College
  • Christine Cupaiuolo, Social Media Consultant
  • Lovette Ajayi, The Red Pump Project for HIV Awareness
  • Jim Pickett, Director of Advocacy AIDS Foundation of Chicago & founder of LifeLube site/blog for Gay Men’s Health
  • Simone Koehlinger, Director, Office of LGBT Health, Chicago Department of Public Health

Symposium :

The symposium begins with a panel discussion on best strategies to develop social media components for programs followed by actual case study presentations. Attendees then get to participate – asking questions, talking about their experiences and discussing the information presented.

For those who always thought they ought to be in pictures, know that the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network will video tape the entire symposium for netcast as part of the Network’s soon to be released national training program on social media. So be sure to dress for stardom!


  • 1:30 – Registration Opens
  • 2:00 – 2:20 PM Introductions & Welcome – Pamela McCann
  • 2:20 – 2:35 Keynote Address – Gustavo Torrez, Program Manager, National LGBT Tobacco Control Network
  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM Panel Presentation on Social Media Tools and Strategies, moderated by Gordon Mayer
  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM Case Studies:
    ~Strategies for a Nation-wide Smoking Cessation Initiative – Gustavo Torrez
    ~Developing Content for a Collaborative Website – Simone Koehlinger
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Participant Discussion & Presenters’ Closing Remarks

Sponsored by

  • Office of LGBT Health & Office of Substance Abuse and Tobacco Control Programs, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

To Pre-Register for this symposium or any other questions or comments, please contact: Pamela McCann at or 312-745-1214.

Getting The e-Word OUT is a production of the Office of LGBT Health and the Office of Substance Abuse and Tobacco Control Programs at the Chicago Department of Public Health in collaboration with the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

Please feel free to distribute!  For promotional flyer please visit:

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment


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