In 2015, the same year the Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing was founded at Northwestern. It’s the largest institute in the U.S. to focus on sexual and gender minority health research. Brian Mustanski, PhD, a psychologist and leader in LGBTQ health research, is the center director. In this audio essay, he recalls the importance of the events of 2015 and the new battles his community faces in 2019.
A version of this essay was first published in the Spring 2019 issue of Northwestern Magazine.