Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health 
2017 Outstanding Psychiatry Resident Paper Award

The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health (JGLMH) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal indexed by PsychInfo.  JGLMH is the official journal of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP) (www.aglp.org ).  
 
We are seeking outstanding resident papers on LGBT mental health; these can be original research papers, case series and detailed case reports, or review articles.  The award includes $500, publication in JGLMH, and assistance with travel to the AGLP annual meeting (held concurrently with the APA) in Toronto in May to present the resident’s work.  The deadline to be considered for a 2016 award is March 1, 2017.  Co-authored papers are eligible as well, but the resident must be the first author.

Entries can be submitted to editors@aglp.org.

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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Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health Volume 20, Issues 1 and 2, January-March and April-June 2016 are now available.

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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.

Matching Grant Fund Secured
for the John Fryer, MD, Award

The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) Board of Directors, acting on the recommendation of the APF Legacy Fund Committee, has approved a matching grant fund of $10,000 to develop the endowment of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists’ John Fryer, M.D. Award.  The APF Board recognizes the importance of sustaining Dr. Fryer’s legacy through this prestigious award, by honoring the contributions of LGBT leaders in the field of psychiatry.

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, 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.  

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 this $10,000 matching grant, to help endow this award in perpetuity.   For more information about how you can get involved, please contact Roy Harker, Executive Director of AGLP at rharker@aglp.org.   Tax-deductable contributions can be made through this secure link.  

 

 

AGLP 2016 Awards

The Barbara Gittings Award for 2015,will be presented to Sarah E. (Sally) Herbert MD, MSW, LLC for her significant lifetime work as a champion for the advancement of LGBTQ mental health. The AGLP 2016 Awards are being presented at a ceremony at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Center on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 8:00pm. 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.

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 2016 Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Ralph Roughton, M.D., for his significant lifetime contributions to the well-being of the LGBTQ community.

The 2016 Stuart Nichols Award will be conferred on Positive Impact Healthcare Centers, Atlanta, who offers comprehensive services for those affected by HIV-AIDS. The Stuart Nichols Award is presented to a community service organization in the Annual Meeting city that supports LGBT Mental Health. It was named after Stuart Nichols, MD, a community psychiatrist who did addictions and HIV work and was a mentor to many AGLP members, and includes a cash award.

Kevin Donnelly-Boylen, M.D, a fourth year resident at the MGH/McLean Psychiatry Residency in Boston, is this year’s awardee of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health Outstanding Resident Paper Award.  He was chosen for his submission, “Gender Dysphoria, Serious Mental Illness, and Genital Self-Mutilation: A Case Report.” Kevin will present the paper in the AGLP Hospitality Suite Monday, May 16th, from 12:00noon to 1:30pm, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, Chastain C, Sixth Floor.  

Kevin Donnelly-Boylen, M.D., graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2012 and will begin a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine Brigham & Women's Hospital, as well as a small private practice, this summer. He has been a member of AGLP since his first year in medical school. His interests include LGBTQ mental health and HIV psychiatry, and plans to continue work he has done during his residency within these areas.

The JGLMH Outstanding Resident Paper Award includes a $500 cash award, assistance with lodging and travel to the AGLP Annual Meeting in Atlanta, and publication in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health.  The award was initially supported by a generous grant from the William A. Kerr Foundation, and is being sustained by AGLP member dues and contributions.  

APA Commends President Obama’s Call to Ban Reparative Therapy for LBGT Youth

President Obama on Wednesday called for a ban to therapies aimed at “repairing” gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in response to the recent death of a transgender youth by suicide following what she reported were efforts by her therapist to convert her back into a boy.

In a White House statement posted on Wednesday alongside a WhiteHouse.gov petition that was started following the death of 17-year-old transgender youth Leelah Alcorn, President Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote, “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”

APA has long recognized the dangers of so-called reparative therapies. In a 2000 position statement, the Association reaffirmed its opposition to “any psychiatric treatment, such as ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy, that is based on the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or is based on the a priori assumption that the patient should change his or her homosexual orientation." APA noted that there were “sparse scientific data about selection criteria, risks versus benefits of the treatment, and long-term outcomes of ‘reparative’ therapies.” Moreover, these therapies are at odds with APA’s position that sexual orientation is not a mental disorder.

“We applaud President Obama for his principled and scientific stand," said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. "LGBT individuals deserve treatment, when they seek it, that meets the highest standard of evidence, and APA has long recognized that so-called reparative therapy doesn't meet that standard and can, in fact, be hazardous. We are pleased that the White House shares our concern about this issue, and we support the President's call for a ban on reparative therapy.”


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 www.aglp.org, 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 rharker@aglp.org.