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Prof. David Brennan on the Scott Thompson Show, Global News


Scott Thompson Show – with Anthony Urciuoli in for Scott –

Why are STI’s on the rise?

There’s been an alarming increase in the amount of STI’s found across Canada, including anew surge in Syphillis. What’s the cause and what can be done?

Professor Brennan’s interview is from approximately 1:15-15:50

Guest: David Brennan, Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Also on the show:

A story had made rounds last month in regards to a “Gamer Girl” who streams herself playing video games. She decided to sell her bath water for $30. Anthony Ucriuoli wants to know why people are buying it!

Guest: Kristin Sunata Walker, CEO or everythingEHR and the MHNR Network, been working within the health care field for more than two decades. She started out in medical billing for an Urgent Care center in Southern California. Kristin is also the host of Mental Health News Radio.

Last night was the second half of the Democratic debate. Who actually came out on top? Who were surprise hits and who didn’t do too well?

Guest: Reggie Cecchini, Global News Correspondent based in Washington D.C.

The Surfer Bros are a (comedic) duo who attend municipal city council meetings, around California, pushing for controversial legislation. One of their latest battles is getting Nickelback diplomatic immunity in the U.S.

Chad Kroeger and JT, Surfer Bros


Prof. Peter A. Newman awarded SSHRC Partnership Grant



Prof. Peter A. Newman has been awarded a 7-year, $2.5 million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The partnership – MFARR-Asia (Mobilizing for a Research Revolution to Ensure LGBTIQ Inclusion in Asia) – brings together over 25 academic and community partners from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Intergovernmental Organization partners include the United Nations Development Programme and the Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutes.

MFARR-Asia’s multidisciplinary team will work to document and advance the inclusion of LGBTIQ people in all spheres of public life using innovative mixed methods approaches, including participatory video, and train a new generation of scholars, practitioners, and advocates working with LGBTIQ communities. More details on the project can be found here:

Prof. David Brennan’s research lab, CRUISElab featured on UofT News



U of T’s CRUISElab is an interdisciplinary social work research lab that focuses on the health and well-being of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. Prof. David Brennan and researchers hope to build a sense of community by using social media apps to promote sexual health and then track the tactic’s effectiveness in reaching the desired audience.

CBC News highlights a new study, co-authored by Carmen Logie, on northern LGBTQ youth and adults


Researchers have found that northerners deal with inaccurate assumptions about their gender and sexual identity at the doctor’s office — and that could be bad for their sexual health care.

A new study published in the journal Health and Social Care in the Community based its findings on interviews done in 2015 with 37 LGBTQ youth and adults, and health care and support providers who work with them.