News & Events
Div. 44 sponsors several events throughout the year. They include scholarly presentations, social gatherings, and cross-disciplinary meetings, offering opportunities for connection and transformation in the company of LGBT and ally colleagues.
- On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., Div. 44 recognized Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) with a Presidential Citation (PDF, 279KB) for its work supporting transgender youth in the greater Washington metro area. Dr. Michael L. Hendricks, president of Div. 44, presented the Presidential Citation to SMYAL Board Chair Mike Schwartz during Div. 44’s awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis.
- Division 44 has signed a joint letter to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services, concerning a proposal to include sexual orientation and gender identity information and categories in the HHS certification process for electronic health record systems. The letter, however, points out that the proposed categories are not adequate in capturing the reality of identities and expressions of sexual orientation and gender minorities, and proposes new language.
Altogether 152 organizations and several dozen individuals sign the letter. Thanks to key colleagues at Fenway Institute (Harvey Makadon, Adrianna Sicari, and Andrea Karis), Kellan Baker at the Center for American Progress, and Elina Alterman at the National Partnership for Women and Families for their help understanding this complex process and their logistical support.