The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) Announces Listening Session on Sexual and Gender Minority Research

Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-149

Key Dates
Release Date: September 24, 2019

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Sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, and/or intersex. Individuals with same-sex or -gender attractions or behaviors and those with a difference in sex development are also included. These populations also encompass those who do not self-identify with one of these terms but whose sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or reproductive development is characterized by non-binary constructs of sexual orientation, gender, and/or sex.

The Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) coordinates SGM-related research and activities at the NIH by working directly with NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. The SGMRO was officially established in September 2015 within the NIH Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives.

Listening Session Details

Section 404N of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255), signed into law on December 13, 2016, calls upon the Director of the NIH to encourage efforts to improve research related to the health of SGM populations. To achieve this goal, in part, the SGMRO will host a listening session with the SGM community. The primary objectives of the listening session are: (1) to hear from community stakeholders about what issues are on their minds regarding SGM-related research and related activities at the NIH, and (2) to use these discussions to help inform the development of the NIH FY 2021-2025 SGM Research Strategic Plan.

The listening session will be held on October 22, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m., EDT. Organizations invited to attend in person will be chosen to broadly represent the SGM community. The listening session will be publicly available to listen to at 1-877-951-0634, passcode: 6617257#. Comments, questions, or feedback will be accepted via email at post-listening session.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO)