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Letter from the Chair in Sexual Health

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Daniel-Zamudio-BP.jpgA Chilean gay man who was brutally beaten in a park in Santiago earlier this month succumbed to his injuries on March 27, 2012.  Prosecutors claim that 24-year-old Daniel  Zamudio was struck with bottles, rocks and other blunt objects before the attackers cut off part of his ear, carved swastikas into his chest, and burned other parts of his body with cigarettes.

The attack has sparked widespread outrage across Chile and throughout Latin America.
A few days after the attack, President Sebastián Piñera and Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter met with members of Zamudio's family and Movilh, a GLBT human rights advocacy organization.  Hinzpeter and the United Nations have urged Chilean lawmakers to pass a law that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

Daniel Zamudio has become Latin America's Matthew Shepard.

What is tragic is that after 40 years of gay liberation, we still face homophobic attitudes that discriminate, stigmatize, and demoralize people based upon their sexual orientation.  In many countries scientific evidence has led to public policy changes and changes in public opinion, but obviously we have not gone far enough.

Thirty years ago, I wrote my most cited article "Developmental Stages of the Coming Out Process."  I wrote it to describe a new model of affirmation therapy as opposed to the outdated "illness model."  It showed how individuals could escape from shame and self-destruction through a process of affirming one's own sexual identity and developing meaningful relationships and integrating their sexual identity with their overall identity and integrating into society.

It was a helpful model then.  I am often struck by how relevant this article still is today.  Today the struggle for self-acceptance and acceptance by others has been made be easier, but true integration is still an issue.  Individuals, families, and communities continue to struggle around these issues.

Oh for the day that this article is irrelevant and meaningless.

Meanwhile, we need to continue to strive to make the world a more accepting place for diversity of sexual and gender identity.  Everyone's life is enriched by this acceptance.

There is obviously no place for the homophobic attitudes and hatred that apparently led to the death of Daniel Zamudio.  I do hope that like Matthew Shepard's death, that this horrible event will lead to greater public awareness, changes in public policy, and new hate crime laws that will help to foster a climate of tolerance, inclusion, and respect for diversity.

In Minnesota, we are struggling with the question of whether individuals who love someone of the same gender can be entitled to the full rights of citizenry - including the right to marry.  There is no scientific evidence which shows that this will have adverse effects on society; and in fact there is ample evidence that laws that assure rights to citizenry will result in better health for all.

We need to move to a more enlightened society based upon the best available science and the principles of democracy and justice.

Coleman, E. (1981/82). Developmental stages of the coming out process. Journal of Homosexuality, 7(2/3), 31-43. doi: 10.1300/J082v07n02_06

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Transgender Youth Theatre Project

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Gender-play-BP.jpgPHS has joined Exposed Brick Theatre to create a new play Trans/formation: Addressing Gender Issues in School based on the stories, experiences, and perspectives of transgender and gender non-conforming youth.  Dianne Berg, PhD, and Katie Spencer, PhD, are working with playwrights Anton Jones, Suzy Messerole, Aamera Siddiqui, and a community advisory group to develop the production and educational materials.  The aims of the project are to validate transgender youth experiences through performance, to educate peers, parents, families, friends, and educators about the experiences of transgender youth, and to encourage dialogues around gender issues, advocacy, and ally support for adolescents.
"In working with trans youth, it is integral to reach them in the settings they are in daily, it is not enough to intervene in the therapy office, but you also have to reach out to the classroom, to families, and to the community," said Spencer.  "This is a big step for PHS to put funding behind a community educative initiative like this, and I can tell you, from the community work I have been doing, people are really responding to it and they see it as a positive thing!"

The play production will be premiered on May 4, 2012, at the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis.  The play will also be performed at a Twin Cities high school.  Ultimately the play script and educational materials will be available for high school groups to download and perform at their schools. 

Messerole said that one of the individuals interviewed for the play shared that during his junior year of high school the gay straight alliance at his school brought in a speaker who was transgender.  The student shared with Messerole that it was the first time he had ever seen another transgender person and it was a very powerful experience.  Messerole added, "We all need to know that we are not alone, we all need to know that there are others who have similar stories. One of the most powerful things about theatre is its ability to hold up a mirror and see one's self reflected on stage. It's very validating to see someone one stage who 'gets you' in a way that is complex and nuanced."

Exposed Brick has worked extensively with area schools, creating over 30 Stand In It with Me performances since 2006.  Stand In It With Me performances are custom created for each school, based on interviews with students and teachers.  The performances fuel dialogue on issues of racism, gender discrimination, sexual orientation, classism, immigration, and more.

PHS and Exposed Brick are grateful to Stacey Mills and Sam Heins for their donation that made this project possible.  We would also like to thank all of the people that helped to create this piece including the youth we interviewed, the advisory board whose thoughtful and creative feedback lifted the play to a whole new level, the youth who read the early drafts and whose honest feedback led us in the right direction.  The youth performers are outstanding and their commitment to the piece has been amazing.

Community Advisory Board Members
Claire Avitable, director, 20% Theater Company
Katie Burgess, director, Trans Youth Support Network
Andrea Jenkins, trans activist, performer, poet
Moe Lionel, performer, Naked Stages Performer
Anthony Neumann, performer, director, Naked Eye
Ethan Turcotte, arts administrator, Kulture Klub Collaborative

Trans/formation: Addressing Gender Issues in School
By Anton Jones, Suzy Messerole, and Aamera Siddiqui

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7 PM
Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Parking: Free parking is available in the Pillsbury House lot next to Full Cycle, just south of 35th on the east side of the street.  Free street parking is also available on 35th and all other surrounding neighborhood streets.

Free and open to the public.  To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Jenae Batt at jenae@umn.edu or 612-625-1331.

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APA-BP.jpgWalter Bockting, PhD, was appointed to the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Clients.  

Earlier, Bockting also served on the APA Task Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance that released a report in 2008 that made several recommendations, including the recommendation to develop practice guidelines.  The new guidelines will help psychologists and students develop cultural competence for working with transgender clients and their families.

The group had their first face-to-face meeting February 10-12, 2012, in Atlanta, GA.  Bockting described the meeting as very productive.  He said, "Our task came into focus when we heard from individuals from the Atlanta transgender community about what is important to them and the challenges they have faced in their interactions with psychologists.  These guidelines are long overdue."  Once the guidelines are published, the next step will be to develop training for psychologists and students to develop their competence in treating transgender individual with respect and sensitivity.

The task force is a joint effort between Division 44 and the American Psychological Association Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns.  Group members include lore m .dickey (co-chair), Anneliese A. Singh (co-chair), Walter Bockting, Sand Chang, Kelly Ducheny, Laura Edwards-Leeper, Randall Ehrbar (PHS postdoctoral fellowship alumnus), Max Fuhrmann, Michael Hendricks, and Ellen Magalhaes.

In January 2012 the APA published practice guidelines in several areas, including revised "Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients."

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PAHO-22-BP.jpgEli Coleman, PhD, and Walter Bockting, PhD, joined a meeting convened by the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) from December 19 to 21, 2011.  PAHO gathered representatives of the health sector, academia, and civil society organizations to discuss a series of recommendations for health services on how to address the needs and demands of transgender people in the region of the Americas.

The conclusions of this meeting will become part of a reference document addressing the main problems affecting access to and utilization of health services for and by transgender people. In addition, a plan for the development of a comprehensive strategy for health care provision for this population throughout the region will be designed. Both documents will subsequently form the basis for sub-regional consultations to be held in 2012.

The participants of the meeting, which was held at the headquarters of PAHO/WHO in Washington D.C., decided to adopt the term "trans" to refer to a population whose members are characterized by a variety of gender identities and expressions that differ from their sex assigned at birth. This population faces a number of problems in accessing health services in the countries of the region, many of which are a result of stigma, a lack of appropriate medical protocols and a lack of information on how to deal with certain social situations.

"Trans people have traditionally been stigmatized, marginalized, abused, discriminated against, and even subject to physical and emotional violence. These and other expressions of transphobia have to be considered factors that negatively impact health," said Dr. Gina Tambini, Area Manager of Family and Community Health. "In order for the health sector to be able to adequately respond to the needs of trans persons, we must create and implement policies of non-discrimination, rely on qualified personnel, and ensure that there are environments of respect and quality of care. The presence and active participation of trans persons was a fundamental and indispensable contribution to the success of the meeting.

Trans people as a group have greater vulnerability and exposure to such health problems as HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis, and genital herpes, which create special demands on health services. But in addition, health care providers need to be sensitive to issues of gender identity related to this group.

"The needs, problems, and demands of trans people cannot be defined externally, but must be expressed by them themselves," said Dr. Tambini.

At the PAHO meeting, participants discussed terminology, definitions, and descriptions of this population, as well as epidemiological profiles and health initiatives that have been carried out in the Americas. In addition to reviewing and discussing the content of the reference document, the meeting was intended to promote a multisectoral and multidisciplinary vision on the provision of services, including prevention.

PAHO was established in 1902 and is the world's oldest public health organization. PAHO works with all countries in the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of people of the Americas and serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of WHO.

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josh-fose-standards-BP.jpgOn January 9, 2012, four leading health organizations* released the first-ever national standards for sexuality education in schools. Published in the Journal of School Health, the ground-breaking National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 provide clear, consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades Kindergarten through grade 12.

The standards are the result of a cooperative effort by the American Association of Health Education, the American School Health Association, the National Education Association Health Information Network, and the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, in coordination with the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative. Nearly 40 stakeholders including content experts, medical and public health professionals, teachers, sexuality educators, and young people developed the standards in a two-year process.

"These National Sexuality Education Standards provide teachers, schools, school districts, and state education agencies with a new national standard--the minimum they need to teach to set students on a path to sexual health and responsible adulthood," said Jerry Newberry, Executive Director of the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN). "They set forth essential sexuality education core content and skills responsive to the needs of students and in service to their overall academic achievement."

For years, research has highlighted the need to provide effective, comprehensive sexuality education to young people. The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the industrialized world and teens bear a disproportionate impact of the sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV epidemics facing our nation. One in four sexually active teens has a STD and two young people every hour become HIV positive. Furthermore, there is also a pressing need to address harassment, bullying, and relationship violence in our schools, which have a significant impact on a student's emotional and physical well-being as well as their academic success. The National Sexuality Education Standards set the groundwork for the minimum of what sexuality education should look like in America's public schools.

"These standards are presented in a user-friendly way, making it possible for a health education teacher or parent, say, of a seventh-grader, to easily find out what is the next step in the learning process for a thirteen-year-old in regards to sexual health," said Stephen Conley, Executive Director of the American School Health Association.

The standards focus on seven topics as the minimum, essential content and skills for K-12 education: Anatomy and Physiology; Puberty and Adolescent Development; Identity; Pregnancy and Reproduction; Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV; Healthy Relationships; and, Personal Safety. Topics are presented using performance indicators--what students should know and be able to do by the end of grades 2, 5, 8, and 12--and are based on the National Health Education Standards.

"The National Sexuality Education Standards translate an emerging body of research related to school-based sexuality education so that it can be put into practice in the classroom," said Brian Griffith, President Elect of the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education. "These standards, developed by education and health professionals, present sexual development as a normal, natural, healthy part of human development that should be a part of every health education curriculum."

The National Sexuality Education Standards were developed to address the inconsistent implementation of sexuality education nationwide and the limited time allocated to teaching the topic. General health education is given very little time in the school curriculum. Even less time is dedicated to sexuality education. According to the School Health Policies and Practices Study, a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent School Health, a median total of 17.2 hours is devoted to instruction in HIV, pregnancy, and STD prevention: 3.1 hours in elementary, 6 hours in middle, and 8.1 hours in high school. Studies have repeatedly found that health programs in school can help young people succeed academically and programs that included health education have a positive effect on overall academic outcomes, including reading and math scores.

*Organizations: American Association for Health Education, American School Health Association, National Education Association - Health Information Network, Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, and the Future of Sex Education (FoSE).

Future of Sex Education Initiative. (2012). National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 [a special publication of the Journal of School Health]. Retrieved from http://www.futureofsexed.org/documents/josh-fose-standards-web.pdf

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This is National Public Health Week

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NPHW2012Vertlogo-BP.jpgThis year the National Public Health Week theme is A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement, April 2 - 8, 2012. The American Public Health Association (APHA) is encouraging more Americans and their communities to take preventive measures to help improve their lives.

This year, with the recent release of the National Prevention Strategy, APHA hopes to address the issue of prevention and wellness to ensure that all is being done to improve our nation's health. The ultimate goal of the APHA is to make the US the healthiest nation in one generation.

The five focus areas include active living and health eating; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; communicable diseases; reproductive and sexual health; and mental and emotional well-being.

The APHA says that every year, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are responsible for millions of premature deaths. Americans miss 2.5 billion days of work because of these illnesses, and all of that lost productivity adds up to more than $1 trillion. Injuries, unexpected accidents and violence affect people daily in all aspects of life. Unintentional injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, poisonings, and burns rank among the top 10 causes of death for people aged 44 and younger.

Catching and preventing these illnesses and incidents before they develop is the key to improving our nation's health. There are so many small steps we can take to begin leading healthier lives; sometimes it just takes a little motivation.

In Minneapolis, the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota is hosting their 8th Annual National Public Health Week Film Festival.  This year the schedule includes films focusing on sexual health with the event on Friday, April 6, 2012, showing "Orgasm, Inc," and vintage sex education shorts.

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aging-2-BP.jpgDrs. Duane Rost and June LaValleur have made a gift of $5,000 and an additional challenge gift of $5,000 to support faculty research in sexuality and aging at the Program in Human Sexuality. Thank you, Duane and June!

We have already raised $3,250 towards the challenge of $5,000. Now, we need an additional $1,750 in new gifts committed to sexuality and aging research by June 30, 2012, to secure the $5,000 challenge gift.

By making a tax-deductible gift today, you can help to secure the $5,000 challenge gift. Please consider a gift of $100, $500, $1,000, or any amount that you might be able to afford.

If we reach our goal, we will have a total of $15,000 dedicated to a pilot research project on sexuality and aging at PHS. Pilot projects are the first step for faculty to secure University support for new clinical and educational programs or acquire larger research grants.

Your continued commitment to the Program in Human Sexuality will help to broaden the understanding of human sexuality which affects all of us. Thank you.

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AGHO-BP.jpgThe PHS research project All Gender Health is now recruiting participants to assist in the evaluation of a transgender health promotion program.  This is the culmination of a multi-year project funded by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) to look at the health and well-being of transgender people and their partners.  This is one of the first projects to look at the community as a whole, surveying people across the gender spectrum, and targeting health promotion to those who need it most.  All Gender Health will be enrolling participants through May 24, 2012.

All Gender Health is a web-based research project examining the effectiveness of an online activity-based sexual health intervention.  Previous phases of the All Gender Health project involved qualitative and quantitative data gathered from a national sample of the transgender population as well as the male partners of transgender people, which informed the development of the current and final phase.  This final phase is the evaluation of a website comprised of 22 different topics in 8 different modules developed by community members across the country.  Designed to meet users where they are, www.allgenderhealth.org allows each participant to identify goals around topics such as identity, community, resilience, , dating and relationships, and sexual health negotiation. Users then craft a plan toward those objectives in a simple, individualized way.

Over the past few years, a research team led by Walter Bockting, PhD, has worked closely with software engineers to custom build a research and intervention platform for this project.  Project coordinator, Chris Hoefer, describes the intervention as, "What used to be an all-weekend, two-day seminar with high level presentations and smaller group discussions has now been transformed into an interactive web-based experience that anyone anywhere can visit at their leisure in the comfort of their own home.  You only need access to a computer and the internet and you can draw on the knowledge and experiences of a broad collection of educators, entertainers, physicians, therapists, advocates, and community members."

Hoefer sees access as a huge advantage to the online format of health promotion.  Another advantage is the ability to upload new content and intervention modules as new knowledge becomes available. 

As with all things web-based, unforeseen challenges arose as study participants worked through the project. This means that Hoefer and his team must occasionally act as technology support when users find themselves using incompatible web browsers, video players and device hardware. "A unique challenge to a project like this is the rapid change in technology," says Hoefer. "Some of the elements built just a few years ago have already needed updates and the hardware being used to access it is obviously different. Nobody even knew what an iPad was when we began this process. But that's one of the inspiring  questions: how can we use these tools to bring sexual health information to people where they're able to absorb it?"

Findings from this study will be used to develop further online interventions to promote the health and well-being of transgender people and their partners.

The All Gender Health research team includes Walter Bockting, PhD (principal investigator), Eli Coleman, PhD, Jamie Feldman, MD, PhD, Cesar Gonzalez, PhD, Stephanie Hengst, Chris Hoefer (project coordinator), Keith Horvath, PhD (epidemiology), Michael Miner, PhD, Bean Robinson, PhD, , Rebecca Swinburne Romine, PhD, and David Valentine, PhD (anthropology).

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Michael "Mike" Metz, PhD, has died

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Michael-Metz-BP.jpgMichael E. Metz passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family March 7, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He was 68 years old. Mike was a giant in our field of human sexuality. He was a seasoned clinician, highly respected teacher, and award-winning author. He was a nationally respected psychologist and couples therapist with Meta Associates in St. Paul, MN, and the author of numerous books and articles in the field of sex therapy. He was also a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and colleague. He was married to his loving wife Hildy Bowbeer for 26 years and had two wonderful children, Kristin and David. He was loved by his siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews, other loving relatives, and many friends.

Metz earned his PhD with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. For 12 years, Metz served on the faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. There he had a number of roles as coordinator of transgender services and postdoctoral training. He also directed the clinic's relationship and sex therapy program.

He went on to develop a highly successful independent private clinical practice in association with several other colleagues at Meta Associates in St. Paul, Minnesota.

As a psychologist and marriage and family therapist, he treated more than 6,000 individuals and couples for a variety of individual and relationship problems including depression, anxiety, relationship conflict resolution, intimacy deficits, sex dysfunction, compulsive sexual behavior, infidelity, adapting to chronic medical problems (e.g., cancer), and stages of life. He was a major spokesperson for a comprehensive, integrated "biopsychosocial" approach (attention to comprehensive medical, psychological, and interpersonal features) to addressing and resolving relationship conflict and sexual problems.

Metz had been a member of several professional organizations including, the American Psychological Association (APA), American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the International Academy of Sex Research, and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). He was also a member of the relationship-positive professional network -- Marriage Friendly Therapists. He also served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sexual Health.

As a teacher, Metz taught advanced level courses at the University of Minnesota Medical School (Minneapolis), the Department of Family Social Science, the College of Liberal Studies, and the Graduate School; and lectured and led workshops at institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, McGill University (Montreal), and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

He regularly made presentations to universities and clinical consultation groups, as well as numerous community, church and synagogue, and special interest groups (e.g., American Cancer Society prostate cancer recovery groups, the RESOLVE infertility support program, and marriage enrichment programs). He also presented professional improvement workshops with professional clinical staff, at professional societies, professional continuing education (CE) workshops, all-day workshops under the sponsorships of Health-ED, as well as taught international workshops in Acapulco, Mexico; Vancouver, Canada; Havana, Cuba; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Caracas, Venezuela; and Montreal, Canada.

As a writer, he authored more than 60 professional articles and book chapters in the areas of couple intimacy, relationship conflict styles, sexual health, sexual medicine, and cognitive-behavioral features of satisfying relationships. He was the author of four books with Barry McCarthy: Enduring Desire, Men's Sexual Health, Coping With Erectile Dysfunction (ED), and Coping With Premature Ejaculation (PE). Coping With Erectile Dysfunction was awarded the 2007 SSTAR Best Consumer Sexual Health Book by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research as well as receiving the 2011 Self Help Book Seal of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapy. Enduring Desire was awarded the 2011 Best Book Award by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

He conceptualized the "Good Enough Sex Model" which was greeted with great appreciation. The model uses cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and relation factors to promote cohesion, cooperation, and intimacy. He developed the Styles of Conflict Inventory which was a brief self-report measure designed to aid in the assessment of relationship or couple conflict.

He received many other awards during his career. He was awarded the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's "Lifetime Distinguished Service" award, as well as two Distinguished Service Awards from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Most recently he was acknowledged for his lifetime contributions by the Society of Sex Therapy and Research.

No words can fully express his contributions to our field and the wonderful friend and colleague he was. He will be missed and remembered always.

A Celebration of Life will be held later this spring.  Memorials preferred to Growth and Justice or St. Benedict's Preparatory School, Newark, NJ.

Condolences can be sent to Metz's wife:
Hildy Bowbeer
215 10th Avenue, S.
Unit 312
Minneapolis, Mn. 55415

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Welcome new PHS staff

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Niki-Hultman-Ahmed-BP.jpgNiki Hultman-Ahmed is a patient representative at the Center for Sexual Health.  She is an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota studying Spanish and Linguistics.  Prior to joining the PHS team, she worked for three and a half years in the Fairview system at Fairview Riverside Women's Clinic, Fairview Children's Clinic, and Fairview Centro de Salud.  In the fall Hultman-Ahmed will completing the Sexual Offence Services (SOS) training through Ramsey County to become a Sexual Assault Advocate.  In her free time, Hultman-Ahmed volunteers with Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servico (CLUES) in their sexual assault program and with the Schwanz USACupon international youth soccer tournament as a member of the planning committee and as a Spanish interpreter.

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Peter-Eckman-MD-BP.jpgThe faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research. PHS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborators will present their work at our monthly faculty research presentations.

Join us: Noon-1 pm at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

Reserve your seat today--email phsresearch@umn.edu

April 11, 2012
Peter M. Eckman, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

"Sexual Function in Heart Failure Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Device"

Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are an important therapeutic option for patients with end-stage heart failure, and more than 600 have been implanted at the University of Minnesota since 1995. Unfortunately, little is known about the impact of these devices on the sexual health of recipients. We surveyed patients with LVADs at 7 centers around the United States to learn about their sexual health. Preliminary results suggest preserved desire coupled with impairments in arousal and orgasm. Multivariate analysis suggests that age and medical comorbidities are important factors in predicting impaired sexual health after LVAD.

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Feminist Perspectives on the Psychology of Same Sex Marriages
Thursday, April 19, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room 3-100 Mayo Memorial Building

Free and open to the public
Gender neutral restrooms will be available.

Lisa Diamond, Beverly Green, and Glenda Russell will discuss their research and clinical perspectives on marriage equality and the marriage amendment. All three speakers are nationally renowned researchers, authors, psychologists, and teachers. Their specialties are in GLBT concerns and they will speak about women's issues, sexual orientation, ethnic and cultural diversity, and feminism and marriage. Greene will focus on marriage equality as a wedge issue used to divide African Americans and LGBT people. Diamond will discuss areas of caution in the fight for marriage equality, specifically regarding the movement to position same sex couples as indistinguishable from heterosexual couples. Russell will discuss feminist views of marriage from the second wave in the 1970s to the present time. This event is being organized by the Minnesota Psychological Association, Minnesota Women in Psychology, GLBTA Programs Office, Program in Human Sexuality, and the Women's Center.

Beverly Greene, Ph.D., ABPP, St. John's University is Editor of "Education, Research, and Practice in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Psychology" and "Ethnic and Cultural Diversity among Lesbian and Gay Men." Lisa Diamond, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, University of Utah and author of "Sexual Fluidity." Glenda Russell, Ph.D. is a psychologist practicing at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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