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President Ruth E. Fassinger reported on the mid-winter meeting that was expanded to include not only the elected officers but also chairs from every committee and task force in the Division to do some long-range strategic planning for the Division, aided by Sandy Shullman. Dr. Richard A. Rodriguez, Member-at-Large of Division 44, died unexpectedly on January 12. The Executive Com- mittee voted to name the Multicultural Travel Award in his honor. Division 51 established two scholarships to fu- ture National Psychotherapy with Men conferences to individuals who exemplify Richard's spirit and work. Al liant University also established the Richard A. Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship.
Luke Moissinac, profiled Dr. Joshua Gamson, who received a Placek Award in 1995 to study lesbians and gay men on television talk shows. This research resulted in a book that won several awards and was selected by the Science Com- mittee to inspire other researchers on GLBT issues. A special section of the Newsletter was organized by Randall D. Ehrbar who invited authors to write a first-hand account of their experiences providing services to the LGBT community.The new Division 44 Announce-Only Listserv is now avail- able for sending out information of importance, including the Newsletter, to all members.
James S. Fitzgerald, President, reported that the Executive Committee met in conjunction with the Third National Multicultral Summit and Conference in Los Angeles. The Division leadership has been busy responding to journal articles concerning sexual reorientation therapy. Becky J. Liddle, Editor, noted that this special issue of the Newsletter has three articles related to conversion ther- apy—"Religiously Based Conversion Therapy: The Need to Belong," by Michael Schroeder and Ariel Shidlo; "APA's Policy on Conversion Therapy: A Brief History," by Doug- las C. Haldeman; and "We're Approaching This too Nar- rowly: The Need for a Broader-Based Therapy for Con- flicted, Same-sex Attracted Clients," by A. Lee Beckstead. Robin Buhrke reported on the Competencies Conference 2002 that Division 44 co-sponsored. The goal is to develop a set of core and specialized competencies for the training of the next generation of psychologists. She worked with the Individual and Cultural Diversity group.
President Christine Browning reported on a joint meeting during the mid-winter meeting with the Division 45 lead- ership to share about our identities and to identify the possibilities for coalition and collaboration. This meeting affirmed both divisions are committed to be welcoming and relevant for gay, lesbian, and bisexual members from and relevant for gay and bisexual members from all ethnic groups.
Linda Garnets facilitated a daylong retreat to reflect upon the future directions of the Division and its organizational structure. Christine Browning noted that one powerful moment was when each of us described what the Division means to us; the two words that everyone used were: family and home.
Eryan Lin reported on the formation of the Chinese Society for the Study of Sexual Minorities. Zhong Cong and Jin Wu reported that the first open debate on depathologizing homosexuality took place last fall through a publication of a series of articles in Zhejiant Mental Health Information. The debate was triggered by a paper on a historical perspective on homosexuality as a diagnostic entity by Dr. Douglas Kimmel, of which copies of the Chinese translation were distributed in a medical professional conference in China.
John Gonsiorek, President, wrote about being asked to testify in a hearing seeking an injunction against Colorado's Amendment 2. After a surreal experience of 5 hours of preparation with the legal team and 3 hours of testimony, news came that the court was persuaded to grant an injunction.
Armand Cerbone identified the members of the Task Force of Professional Practice Standards for Lesbian and Gay Clients. In addition to Cerbone, they are: Kris Hancock, Catherine Acuff, Terry Gock, Doug Haldeman, Jeffery Rehm, and Ariel Shidlo.
Barbara Slater is in the process of collecting and archiving memories of Adrienne Smith.
Homosexuality: Research Implications for Public Policy, edited by John Gonsiorek and James Weinrich, was reviewed by Kristin A. Hancock. She noted, "It is one of the most useful publications I own."
Laura S. Brown, President, urged members to vote in favor of the by-laws changes that would make the Ethnic Minority Concerns Task Force a standing committee as a way of saying that our commitment to anti-racism is an essential element of how we also confront homophobia and heterosexism. As AIDS becomes more of an issue in minority communities, sensitive and non-oppressive alliances will be more essential for all for our survival.
Bill Bailey, of the APA Office of Legislative Affairs, and Clinton Anderson, of the Public Interest Directorate, reported that APA had approved a budget of $160,000 for an Office on AIDS. Also, at the February meeting, APA Council voted to condemn harassment, violence, and crime motivated by prejudice based upon race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or physical condition. Carol Becker reviewed the book Long Time Passing: The Lives of Older Lesbians, by Marcy Adelman. She noted that it is a hand extended by old lesbians to their community—a community that was virtually non-existent when they were living closeted lives during their younger years.