AGLP Executive Board reduces member fees for medical students to $0; advances availability of student travel funds.

On Monday, January 22, 2018, the Executive Board of AGLP voted to reduce the membership fee for medical students to $0. This was done in an effort to stimulate the involvement of medical students interested in the field, especially as it pertains to the effective care of the LGBTQ+ Community. This also brings this pricing policy in line with that of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Medical Student Members will still need to renew their membership annually, but the amount due, at the end of the process, will be zero. Medical Students will also receive the hard-copy editions of the AGLP Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health and have online access to all digital content of the journal.

In addition, the board will communicate more broadly over the coming years the availability of funds that are developing in the John O'Donnell Fund for Medical Student Travel. Grant money from this fund is available to medical student members of AGLP for travel to and from the APA Annual Meeting in May, or IPS in October. In response to the grant, these medical students are encouraged to attend an AGLP Executive Meeting and partner with one of our full members at the AGLP booth. The grants are funded by contributions from AGLP members.

Mentoring programs are also available to connect medical students with veteran AGLP members. AGLP has developed a large pool of mentors in many specialized areas that have offered their expertise free of charge to AGLP student members. Medical students can enroll in this program by contacting the National Office.

To get more information about these programs, contact Roy Harker, CAE, Executive Director of AGLP, at

Transgender Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The Psychiatry Department of The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Icahn School
of Medicine at Mount Sinai has launched an innovative Transgender Psychiatry
Fellowship (TPF). Started in 2017 this is a one-year program designed to train
psychiatrists in various aspects of transgender mental health care. The goal is to
teach the requisite knowledge involved in transgender medicine and surgery,
including transgender-specific psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, ongoing
psychotherapies, transgender-specific cultural sensitivity, hormone therapy, presurgical
evaluations, and post-surgical care.
The fellow will work directly in the outpatient setting in Mount Sinai’s Center for
Transgender Medicine and Surgery alongside various faculty members. The fellow
will carry a caseload of patients in acute and longitudinal care, provide inpatient
consultations, provide different modes of treatment including
psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, and teach residents and medical
The fellow will become familiar with surgical procedures related to transgender
medicine, including penile inversion, vaginoplasty, phalloplasty, vaginectomy,
metoidoplasty, FTM and MTF breast surgeries, and facial feminization.
Upon graduation, the fellow will be proficient in:
- Diagnosing gender dysphoria
- Diagnosing and treating psychiatric illnesses in transgender patients
- Managing the pre- and postoperative care of transgender patients
- Managing medication interactions and contraindications
- Managing transgender-related hormone therapy
- Providing education, support, and therapy for family members and partners
of transgender patients
- Understanding the physiological and psychological theories of gender
- Understanding the history and evolution of sexual and gender disorders in
- Developing a knowledge base about the Civil Rights movements and
legislatorial changes affecting transgender patients
Applicants to the TPF will have completed a residency in General Adult
Psychiatry, be licensed in New York State, and be board-eligible.
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Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD

A first-of-its-kind document from the Association of American Medical Colleges lays out 30 core competencies that will be rolled into physician training. The goal: a culture change in how healthcare is provided to the LGBT community.

A landmark report from the Association of American Medical Colleges includes the first guidelines for training physicians to care for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, who are gender nonconforming, or who are born with differences of sex development. The report, released this week, establishes 30 core competencies that AAMC says physicians should be required to master.

“This groundbreaking publication represents a major step forward in giving medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems a roadmap for improving the care of LGBT and other individuals with differences in gender identity, gender expression, and sex development,” AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said in a statement.

The guidelines will encourage family and healthcare professionals to move away from thinking of these patients differently from others, Kirch added.

“Physicians and medical school faculty members are committed to treating all patients equally, yet research shows that everyone has unconscious biases that can affect how we interact with people from different experiences and backgrounds,” he said. “This new resource will help train physicians to overcome these blind spots and deliver high-quality care to all patients.”

Discrimination in medical care remains a serious issue for the LGBT community. According to a 2010 Lambda Legal survey, 56 percent of lesbian, gay, or bisexual respondents and 70 percent of transgender and gender-nonconforming respondents experienced at least one or more forms of discrimination in healthcare, including being denied care they needed, healthcare professionals refusing to touch them or using excessive precautions prior to contact, and being blamed for their health status.

Altering the way healthcare practitioners are trained in these areas could ultimately result in a culture change within the profession, according to Alice Dreger, professor of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who contributed to the AAMC report.

“We believe that once doctors start to recognize that the spectrums we are talking about are all around them in their own institutions, a deeper respect for the concerns for these patients will emerge,” Dreger wrote ina recent Slate article. “Given how radically the culture around medicine is changing, with these educational reforms inside medical schools, perhaps as soon as 10 years from now we will see a new world.”

AAMC said the competency-based model will enable medical educators to work the guidelines into existing training materials seamlessly. The association is currently developing a workshop that will focus on integrating the material into current curricula. That program will be piloted at the University of Louisville School of Medicine next year.

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AGLP Announces winner of the 2018 JGLMH Resident Paper Award

The Journal is proud to announce the winner of the 2018 Outstanding Resident Paper Award, Dr. Mihir Upadhyaya, a PGY-1 psychiatry resident at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, for his case report "Transvestism as a Defense Mechanism in a Bisexual Man with Bipolar Disorder". He will present his paper Monday May 7th, 2018 at 11:00am to 12:30pm at the AGLP Hospitality Suite at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, Floor Sky Lobby, 16th floor, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY.

Mihir Upadhyaya was born in India and came to the United States as an infant and raised in Southern California.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a Master of Public Health from Walden University, and a medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, in Mexico.  In addition to medicine, Dr. Upadhyaya also spent several years working in cancer research.  He moved to New York City to pursue residency in psychiatry at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and is currently a first year resident there.  Having been born in India, raised in the United States, and studied medicine in Mexico, Dr. Upadhyaya has been exposed to a plethora of cultural, religious, and socioeconomic diversity.  He believes that the most interesting aspect of the study of psychiatry is the way in which it is influenced by social constructs such as religion and culture.

The JGLMH Outstanding Resident Paper Award consists of $500, publication of the winning manuscript in the Journal, and assistance with travel costs to attend the APA and AGLP annual meetings in New York in May 2018 to present the paper.  Now in its eighth year, the JGLMH Outstanding Resident Paper Award is given for an outstanding paper written for publication by a psychiatry resident or other trainee.  This award was supported in its first year by a generous grant by the William A. Kerr Foundation, and continues to be funded annually by members of AGLP, The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists.

Leading Mental Health Organizations Urge an End to Harmful ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

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AGLP approves Position Statement on Harmful 'Religious Freedom' Laws

The Executive Board of AGLP, The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists, has approved a position statement on the harmful effects of so-called 'Religious Freedom' laws, recently enacted or pending in several states. AGLP firmly believes these new laws remove civil rights protections of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) citizens and are based on the hypothesis that religious beliefs are protected by the First Amendment, thereby allowing discrimination against LGBTQ citizens when that discrimination is based on personal religious belief.  The position statement will become part of an official statement now being formulated by the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at their upcoming meeting in May in Atlanta.

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Gay “Cures” Are Harmful And Don’t Work, Says World’s Largest Body Of Psychiatrists

Exclusive: The World Psychiatric Association has condemned so-called conversion therapy and called on governments around the world to decriminalise homosexuality.

The largest international organisation for psychiatrists is to publish a statement condemning conversion therapy as unscientific, unethical, ineffective, and harmful, BuzzFeed News can reveal.

In a wide-ranging call to reduce the stigmatisation, discrimination, and resulting worsened mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) will formally announce on Tuesday its opposition to any attempts to turn LGBT people heterosexual – known as “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy”.

“There is no sound scientific evidence that innate sexual orientation can be changed,” says the WPA’s position statement, which has been supplied to BuzzFeed News.

“Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality can create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish, and they can be potentially harmful. The provision of any intervention purporting to ‘treat’ something that is not a disorder is wholly unethical.”

Although many psychiatric organisations in Western countries, such as the UK and the US, already publicly oppose conversion therapy, the WPA represents over 200,000 psychiatrists in over 118 countries, many of which criminalise homosexuality and, in some cases, condone attempts to “cure” it.

The WPA’s statement, which will likely be seen as controversial by many of its members, says: “A same-sex sexual orientation per se does not imply objective psychological dysfunction or impairment in judgement, stability, or vocational capabilities.” It continues: “[The WPA] acknowledges the lack of scientific efficacy of treatments that attempt to change sexual orientation and highlights the harm and adverse effects of such ‘therapies’.”

The WPA also calls on governments around the world to scrap laws against homosexuality:

“WPA supports the need to de-criminalise same-sex sexual orientation and behaviour and transgender gender identity, and to recognise LGBT rights to include human, civil, and political rights.”

But to reduce the suffering and mental ill-health experienced by a disproportionate number of LGBT people, governments and psychiatrists alike need to go much further than decriminalising homosexuality and banishing conversion therapy, the statement says:

“[The WPA also] supports anti-bullying legislation; anti-discrimination student, employment, and housing laws; immigration equality; equal age of consent laws; and hate crime laws providing enhanced criminal penalties for prejudice-motivated violence against LGBT people.”

It also cites research demonstrating that countries that liberalise laws around homosexuality – and provide equal legal treatment – see a resulting improvement in the mental health of their LGBT citizens.




AGLP announces its 2018 Awards

The Barbara Gittings Award for 2018, is being presented to Joanne Ahola, M.D., at the AGLP Awards Reception in New York during the APA/AGLP Annual Meeting. The AGLP Barbara Gittings Award is presented to a woman who demonstrates exceptional leadership and advocacy for lesbian Issues. It was named after one of the founders of the gay rights movement and one of the activists instrumental in moving APA to consider depathologizing homosexuality.

A former newsletter editor of AGLP, Dr. Ahola has spent her career helping LGBTQ people who are seeking asylum in the United States. She has educated numerous psychiatrists about the subject increasing access to care.

The Distinguished Service Award, AGLP’s first designated award, is given to an individual for outstanding contributions to the LGBT community. Over the years it has been awarded to AGLP members whose work extends past the reach of the organization, to supportive APA officials, and to public figures.

The 2018 Distinguished Service Award is being presented to Corey Johnson. Corey Johnson serves as the New York City Council’s first openly gay and HIV+ speaker. He has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ citizens of New York City.

The AGLP James Paulsen Award, presented to an AGLP member who has made significant contributions to the ongoing life of the organization, is conferred this year on Chris McIntosh, M.D., a long-standing Patron member of AGLP, Executive Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, the official journal of AGLP, and Chair of the AGLP Membership Committee. Chris has been a member of AGLP since 2005.

The 2018 Stuart Nichols Award is being conferred on Ali Forney Center (AFC), based in New York City, recognized specifically as one of the largest LGBT community center helping LGBT homeless youth in the United States. The AFC helps approximately 1,000 youths every year, most between sixteen and twenty-four years old and serves as a lifeline to LGBT youth.

This year, the 2018 AGLP Awards will be presented in a ceremony at Mr. Jones [246 Spring Street • New York, New York 10013 • 212.842.4566 •] on Monday, May 7, 2018. The reception begins at 7:00pm with the Awards Ceremony following at 8:00pm. The event is free to AGLP members. A ten-dollar donation is requested for visitors and non-members.

2015 U.S. Transgender Survey

The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) is the largest survey examining the
experiences of transgender people in the United States, with 27,715 respondents
from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico,
and U.S. military bases overseas. Conducted in the summer of 2015 by the National Center
for Transgender Equality, the USTS was an anonymous, online survey for transgender
adults (18 and older) in the United States, available in English and Spanish. The USTS
serves as a follow-up to the groundbreaking 2008–09 National Transgender Discrimination
Survey (NTDS), which helped to shift how the public and policymakers view the lives of
transgender people and the challenges they face. The report of the 2015 USTS provides a
detailed look at the experiences of transgender people across a wide range of categories,
such as education, employment, family life, health, housing, and interactions with the
criminal justice system.

The findings reveal disturbing patterns of mistreatment and discrimination and startling
disparities between transgender people in the survey and the U.S. population when it
comes to the most basic elements of life, such as finding a job, having a place to live,
accessing medical care, and enjoying the support of family and community. Survey
respondents also experienced harassment and violence at alarmingly high rates. Several
themes emerge from the thousands of data points presented in the full survey report.
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Streamlined access to all articles of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health to AGLP Members

The IT and production editors at Taylor & Francis have developed a new and streamlined way to access all of the content for articles published in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. AGLP members with valid and current memberships can now access the Journal directly through the AGLP website. Go to, click on the Members Area link (upper right hand of the screen) and once you are logged in, a box will appear on the right side of the blue banner to access the content. The older system, using a separate username and password, is being eliminated.

Yous should find this new streamlined approach to access more user friendly. If you have any questions at all, or need to be reminded of your username and password, please contact the National Office at


AGLP continues drive to develop
the John Fryer, MD, Award

The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP) has instituted a fund raising campaign, in association with the American Psychiatric Foundation, which will launch with a $10,000 matching grant, secured in 2016, to help to further endow this award in perpetuity.   For more information about how you can get involved, please contact Roy Harker, Executive Director of AGLP at Tax-deductable contributions can be made through this secure link.  

The Fryer Award educates psychiatrists on a wide range of significant LGBT issues.  Fryer lectures take place at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and are popular and well-attended. By publishing these lectures as papers in the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, which has a wide circulation among psychiatrists and other mental health workers, the reach of these lectures is extended even further.  Past honorees have included prominent advocates for the LGBT community, such as Barbara Gittings, Frank Kameny, Evan Wolfson, and Bishop Gene Robinson, as well as experts in psychiatry and the mental health field, including Lawrence Hartmann, Richard Pillard, Marjorie Hill, Jack Drescher, and Caitlin Ryan.

The award is named for John Fryer, M.D., the Philadelphia-area psychiatrist, who appeared with Barbara Gittings and Frank Kameny as “Dr. H. Anonymous” at the 1972 APA Annual Meeting and helped move forward the process of removing the diagnosis of homosexuality from the DSM.  John Fryer, MD was born in Kentucky in 1938.  He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University and completed his psychiatry residency in Philadelphia and spent the rest of his career in Philadelphia.  His early years as a psychiatrist were difficult because of his sexual identity.  He was forced to leave the University of Pennsylvania’s Psychiatry Residency Program when it was discovered that he was gay, and later he completed his residency at Norristown State Hospital. Dr. Fryer was never apologetic about who he was or how he presented himself, and he went on to have a distinguished career as a professor of family and community psychiatry at Temple University. 


Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health Volume 22, Issues 1, January-March is now available.

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AGLP Annual Report now available for download

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