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Volume 2 Issue 1 Summer 2009

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Letter from the Chair in Sexual Health
The global problem of psychotherapists' complicity in societal discrimination and stigma against gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals must stop immediately. A new APA resolution states that practitioners should avoid telling clients that they can change from gay to straight through therapy.
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APA warns against telling clients their sexual orientation can be changed
The American Psychological Association adopted a resolution on August 5, 2009, which states that practitioners should avoid telling client that they can change from gay to straight through therapy.
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India decriminalizes homosexuality
On July 2, 2009, India's High Court decriminalized homosexuality by reversing a nearly 150-year old law.

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Obama administration did not appeal Schroer v Library of Congress
Last September Diane Schroer won her discrimination suit after a job offer was rescinded when she revealed her intentions to transition from male to female before her first day of work.
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Marianna Beck, PhD, teaches sex and culture to medical students
Publisher, film maker, and doctor of erotology, Marianna Beck, PhD, visited Minneapolis to discuss the history and culture of sex with first year medical students.
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Elizabeth Griffin, MA, discusses problematic online sexual behavior
From the advent of the camera to the smart phones of today, new technology tends to spur new ways to explore sexuality. 
On June 3, 2009, Elizabeth Griffin, MA, met with PHS therapists to update them on problematic online sexual behavior.
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Mexican scholar, Armando Diaz, studies at PHS
Psychologist, activist, and scholar, Armando Diaz, traveled from Mexico City to study at PHS. Diaz has designed a training to reduce social and personal vulnerability among MSM throughout Mexico.

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Research & Education  
Inaugural John Money lecture
On June 24, 2009, the first John Money lecture was held as Anke Ehrhardt, PhD, presented “Gender, Youth, and Partner Choice” at the 19th World Congress for Sexual Health in Göteborg, Sweden
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2009 WPATH Symposium was the largest ever
The 21st World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium was the largest in the organization’s history, hosting more than 360 scientists, health care professionals, and guests from around the world.
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SexoGöteborg 2009
On June 21-25, 2009, The World Association for Sexual Health convened its 19th World Congress for Sexual Health titled “Sexual Health and Rights: A Global Challenge” in Göteborg, Sweden.
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Regional consultation on health promotion and provision of care to MSM in Latin America
On July 12-14, 2009, the Pan American Health Organization held an expert consultation in Panama City, Panama, to develop concrete recommendations for a regional multi-component action plan to address health needs and demands of the MSM population.
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People  
PHS pioneers James Maddock, PhD, and Wilys Claire Nelson have died
PHS has lost two pioneers with James Maddock, PhD, passing away on July 18, 2009, and Wilys Claire Nelson passing away on July 21, 2009. We are thankful for their contributions to PHS and we will miss their wisdom, support, and advocacy.
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Anne McBean, MA, honored with Faculty Mentor Award
Anne McBean, MA, was honored with the first Faculty Mentor Award presented by the PHS postdoctoral fellows at the Family Medicine and Community Health Commencement on June 10, 2009.
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Eli Coleman, PhD, honored with Diversity Leadership Award
Eli Coleman, PhD, was honored by the Minnesota Psychological Association with the Diversity Leadership Award at their annual meeting in Minneapolis on April 25, 2009.
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Welcome new PHS staff
PHS welcomes the newest additions to our team Christine Mathiowetz, Heather Rylander, Jennifer Schumann, Hale Thompson, and Scott Vrieze.
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Upcoming Events
You are invited to monthly PHS faculty research presentations

The PHS faculty invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research on September 9, 2009. Eli Coleman, PhD, will present "Development of Sexual Identity, Barriers to Intimacy, and the Promotion of Sexual Health." Join us from 12 - 1 PM at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454. To RSVP or to request notice of future presentations, please email phsresearch@umn.edu. READ MORE

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