Unmasking Prejudice and Dispelling Myths in the LGBTQA World
November 1 – 2, 2013
Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference
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The Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference, “Unmasking Prejudice and Dispelling Myths in the LGBTQA World”, will be held November 1-2, 2013 on the campus of Bloomsburg University. A draft of the conference program is available here.
Please contact the Bloomsburg University LGBTQA Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
William S. Meyer
ON THE DIAGNOSIS AND ‘TREATMENT’ OF HOMOSEXUALITY: WHEN PREJUDICE MASQUERADES AS SCIENCE
Few people know the civil rights struggle of how the diagnosis of homosexuality evolved and was finally deleted from psychiatry’s official nomenclature. Over the years, many people suffered severe psychological injury by the very people who were ostensibly there to help them. Some of this tragic legacy continues today. This multi-media presentation begins in the 1950’s and takes the audience through the tumultuous 60’s and 70’s up to the present to demonstrate the legacy and implications of psychiatry’s once implacable position that “homosexuality is treatable psychopathology.” Attendees will see a scholarly but compelling power point presentation, view clips of once popular movies, and hear audio interviews from gay activists and establishment psychiatrists of that era, to see how internalized prejudicial attitudes affect everyone, including those who come asking for help and those who provide treatment.
Learn how the diagnosis of homosexuality has evolved within psychiatry’s official nomenclature.
Understand how social activism compelled psychiatry to examine its reasoning and its methods.
Appreciate how internalized prejudicial attitudes affect everyone, including those who come asking for help and those who provide treatment.
William S. Meyer, MSW is the Director of Training for the Department of Social Work and is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and OB/GYN at Duke University Medical Center. He has been a supervisor and team leader of 3rd year psychiatry residents for over 25 years. He is a past-president of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and is a former Secretary of the National Academies of Practice. He is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas and he holds faculty appointments at The University of North Carolina and Smith College. He has lectured and written extensively on mental health related topics.