Division and Membership Highlights

From the Newsletter: Ten, 20 and 30 Years Ago

A glance back at the history of Div. 44.
By Doug Kimmel, PhD

Spring 2009

President Randy Georgemiller announced that the Division Executive Committee (EC) unanimously endorsed changing the name of the Division to: “The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.” Also the EC supported the development of APA guidelines for the assessment and treatment of transgender and gender variant clients.

Beverly Greene introduced Bonnie R. Strickland, PhD, at the Elder’s Ceremony during the 2009 National Multicultural Conference and Summit. “Professionally she is among those who were first to teach the psychology of women and lesbian psychology. Her pioneering research articles are among the classics of the psychological literature in these and other areas. Her social justice commitment has been an active part of her teaching and extensive pioneering research in ways that serve as a powerful role model for many of us to follow as scientists who use their science and work as advocates for social justice policy.”

Bonnie R. Strickland began her remarks after receiving the award: “I have been privileged to receive other honors in my life, but none means as much to me as this Elder Award. It seems to come not for what I’ve done but for who I am. It marks a place in my life where I am many years and many miles from my growing up in the South, torn across boundaries of Black and White, male and female, sin and salvation, pride and shame, hospitality and hate. This is a remarkably integrative, affirming and blessed recognition, an unconditional positive regard, for which I am so grateful.”

Spring 1999

President Steven James, a Native American psychologist, wrote of his reactions to the first National Multicultural Conference and Summit: “The prize of acceptance and tolerance for queer psychology is still out of reach in our profession.” He noted the positive presentations, but also that “a majority of the Summit participants did not challenge the use of religious beliefs as a justification for anti-queer prejudice.” Our greater involvement is needed.

Kristen Hancock and Armand Cerbone reported that the Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Clients has been approved by the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest.

Committee reports by Emily Page and Ron Fox (Bisexual Issues), Roxanne Uradomo (Ethnic Minority Affairs), Davina Kotulski and Randy Georgemiller (Public Policy) and Linda Wilson (Women’s Health) were presented.

Douglas Deville reported on the Membership Satisfaction Survey of 180 respondents. The Executive Committee responded by discussing the need for a membership directory, state or regional Div. 44 meetings, coordination of public policy work with APA, fundraising and highlighting the affiliate membership opportunity for those who are not APA members.

Andrew Boxer’s obituary noted his contributions on the life course of lesbians and gay men from adolescence through mid-life, including Children of Horizons, with Gilbert Herdt, on normative development of gay and lesbian teens.

April 1989

Adrienne Smith noted that she became president six months prematurely because Alan Malyon died of lung cancer in December, age 47; he would have been serving this term. A memorial service will be held at APA’s convention during the time reserved for his presidential address.

The Association of Lesbian and Gay Psychologists (ALGP) provides the hospitality suite at the APA convention, sponsors the annual leadership conference and lobbies APA for lesbian and gay affirmative practices.

Allan Pinka, past Secretary-Treasurer of ALGP and later Div. 44, died of AIDS just two years and four months after Harley Knight, his lover of 16 years. Allan worked closely with Alan Malyon in professional matters and their friendship was a testament to the love of brother for brother. Alan’s partner of 13 years, Allen Chivens, helped Allan through the difficult years. Allan went into a coma before he learned that Alan Malyon had died first.

A featured speaker at convention will be Karen Thompson, whose lover, Sharon Kowalski, recently won a major victory in establishing her right to select her caregivers.

The division’s Executive Committee sponsored a seven-hour workshop on racism, sexism and homophobia.

Clinton Anderson reported that APA filed an amicus brief in the case of Sergeant Perry J. Watkins, discharged from the Army for being gay. APA Council voted to consider state laws criminalizing consensual adult sexual behavior in private in the selection of future convention sites.

For details on these stories, visit historic issues of the Div. 44 Newsletter.
Doug Kimmel, editor emeritus