Thank you for visiting Projects Advancing Sexual Diversity. Our organization was created with one objective in mind: Improve the quality of life for sexual minority individuals, families and communities by addressing issues impacting their emotional and psychological wellbeing.
We are a not-for-profit group (working on 501(c)3 status) staffed by volunteers. PASD is a virtual organization, one without a physical office to support. We rely on collaborations, partnerships, and donations to conduct our work. Being project driven, as opposed to organizationally focused, firmly channels our efforts into pursuing our mission.
Projects may have a local, national or international scope. Each is designed to be time-limited with well- defined goals. We are accountable to ourselves, our supporters and most importantly to those who we hope to serve. With that in mind, each project includes outcome measures and timetables for longitudinal evaluations. Our intention is to create sustainable change through empowerment.
Projects are created with, and implemented by, rotating groups of graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in psychology. They are directed by seasoned professionals who volunteer their time to shape plans, advise students and mentor them as future advocates and leaders in the field of sexual minority health.
PASD Endorses Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Mayoral Proclamation in Honor of the 20 Year Anniversary of the International Day of Bisexual Visibility
WHEREAS, the mission of the Chicago Bisexual Health Task Force is to improve the lives of bisexual individuals in the Chicagoland area by mobilizing communities, engaging in research, advocacy, and education, and supporting the development and implementation of policies and programs; and
WHEREAS, the bisexual community is highly diverse and comprised of large numbers of transgender and gender non-conforming people, people of color, people with disabilities, youth, and elders; and
WHEREAS, the vision of the Chicago Bisexual Health Task Force is a thriving diverse bisexual community in the Chicagoland area that is visible, vibrant, and healthy; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago's Healthy Chicago LGBT Health Databook documented that LGBT people face significant health disparities in Chicago; this led to the development of the Healthy Chicago LGBT Community Action Plan to address LGBT community health and the endorsement of a Health in all Policies (HiAP) approach to decision-making; and
WHEREAS, the mission of the Chicago Department of Public Health is to promote and improve health by engaging residents, communities, and partners in establishing and implementing policies and services that prioritize residents and communities with the greatest need; and
WHEREAS, research shows that across the life course, bisexual individuals face substantial health disparities compared not only to straight but also often to gay and lesbian individuals; that bisexual populations are disproportionately impacted by high rates of poor mental and physical health; that bisexual populations experience high rates of poverty and violence; and that bisexual individuals are stigmatized, not only by straight individuals but also within the LGBT communities; and
WHEREAS, despite these barriers, bisexual individuals and communities demonstrate considerable resilience and have created organizations and initiatives to empower bisexual people, including the International Day of Bisexual Visibility; and
WHEREAS, a broad coalition of community partners across the Chicagoland area have come together in recognition and support of bisexual people and in commemoration of the twenty year anniversary of the International Day of Bisexual Visibility;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LORI LIGHTFOOT, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim September 23, 2019 to be the twenty year commemoration of the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF BISEXUAL VISIBILITY IN CHICAGO in support of public policy changes that advance the visibility and civil rights of bisexual, pansexual, queer, and fluid people in an effort to better LGBT health outcomes, and urge all residents to support and educate themselves on this topic.
Dated this 23rd day of September, 2019.
Projects Advancing Sexual Diversity applies the practice of psychology to further the understanding and acceptance of diverse sexual and gender identities, practices and cultures. We explore narratives of healthy, normative development in these populations. Utilizing innovative research and interventions, PASD also strives to create sustainable change in conditions impacting the welfare of sexual and gender minority individuals, families and communities.
Statement on Cultural Competency
Culturally competent clinicians foster and promote psychological and emotional care, as well as behavioral interventions, that recognize and respect the intersection of sex, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression for individuals, families and communities. They aspire to understand how issues of stigma and discrimination intersect, particularly for individuals who experience multiple forms of oppression. These clinicians also strive to understand and respect the historical and cultural contexts within which sexual orientations and gender identities are created.