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Considering Parenthood Summer Section
Starting Saturday, July 28th I will again offer a 6 week
Lesbian and Gay Considering Parenthood support group at my
Noe Valley offices in San Francisco. The group runs from
10:00 to 11:30am and we will not meet on Labor Day weekend.
Parenthood is designed to help individuals, couples and
co-parents to make the right decision for them
about whether or not to parent. If you are already in the
process of becoming a parent, Considering Parenthood is still
highly useful as we will covers all the basics - such
as time and money, how we bring children into our lives,
support systems and family, legal and social issues, our
children in this culture and whatever else you want to talk
ITo register, call or email me so I can let you know how
to proceed. You can reach me at: Cheryl@cheryldeaner.com.
You can call me before July 1 at 415/876 7006. After July
1, call at: 415/282 2200. The group size is limited so early
reservations are best. The entire cost of the group is $200
per person, or $35 a week
Cheryl Deaner, LMFT #36764
congratulates the 2007 awardees of the Chancellor's LGBT
Leadership Awards. Ellen Haller, MD, Cindy Lima, and Ammon
Corl are this year's winners in the faculty, staff, and student
Haller provides leadership as one of LHRC's co-directors.
Her acceptance speech is printed here:
you Chancellor Bishop; this is a huge honor, and I’m
quite humbled to be standing here. I must say that a few
decades ago, after a rather complex and difficult conversation
in which I came out to my mom, I certainly never, never imagined
being part of a ceremony like this one.
of the day when an LGBT Leadership award is no longer needed.
But, we are still far from that day… As you
all know, LGBT citizens lack equal civil rights in this country
in so many ways…we don’t have access to civil
marriage or national protection against discrimination in
housing or employment. And, although racism, sexism, ageism,
classism all still exist, the vast majority of Americans
decry their existence, yet prejudice against LGBT people
remains acceptable and institutionalized such as in the military,
as but one example.
still far from the day that an LGBT award will no longer
be needed. Right now, in 2007, some students and faculty
in our schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy
feel it’d be unsafe for their careers if they were
out and open about their true selves. Some are ashamed of
who they are and struggle mightily to reconcile their sexual
orientation or gender identity with their internalized homophobia
still far from that day. LGBT issues in health care cry
out for our attention, and much change is still needed.
For example, I heard of a recent case of a Trans person in
the ED who lived her life as a woman. A staff person was
overheard saying in a very sarcastic way, “The pt’s
legal name is David, but he says he would prefer to be called
still far from that day. It’s been demonstrated
that LGBT patients may experience delayed care, sub-standard
care, or be refused care simply because of their sexual orientation
or gender identity.
still far from that day. As a psychiatrist, I can’t
help but comment on the mental health consequences of prejudice
and discrimination against LGBT people. Although the vast
majority of LGBT people have no mental health difficulties
whatsoever and we are actually a fairly resilient population,
rigorous epidemiologic studies have identified higher rates
of substance abuse, depression, and anxiety disorders in
LGBT individuals compared to heterosexuals. No longer is
the etiology of these disorders thought to be inherent psychopathology
of homosexuality itself, rather, the increased prevalence
is due to consequences of living in a prejudiced society.
still far from that day…but we are getting
closer. I recently heard a lecture by Larry Hartman, past
president of the Amer Psychiatric Assoc. In his talk, he
described how society has historically viewed homosexuality…first
as a difference, then as a sin, then as a crime, then as
an illness, and now, again, as a difference. What an evolution
I never saw myself as an activist of any sort. However,
as my career has progressed, I felt an increasing need to
speak out and to be visible for students, residents, and
junior colleagues. It became clear that with visibility comes
authenticity for our lives.
deeply honored by this recognition for my work, but I am
also so deeply humbled by the work of those who came
before. Past award winners Patty Robertson, Don Abrams, Marylin
Dodd, Sue Dibble, Jim Dilley, and Tim Kelly are simply giants;
I’m in awe of their accomplishments. Two of those giants
were instrumental in creating a new organization, The Lesbian
Health & Research Center (LHRC), which is the only organization
of its kind housed within a premier health science institution.
LHRC’s Mission is to enhance clinical practice, inform
public policy, and improve the overall health of lesbians,
bisexual women, transgender people, and our families through
a comprehensive program of research, education, training,
public events and community collaborations. I am so proud
to follow in the giant footsteps of Sue and Patty in helping
to lead this organization.
we are far from the day when an award like this is no longer
needed, I am dedicating this award to students,
residents, colleagues, and pts who have felt forced to hide
their true selves or suffered consequences by not hiding.
Thank you to UCSF and to you, Chancellor Bishop for this
award; it is unique in the country for a health science institution
to recognize the importance of this work by the provision
of an LGBT leadership award. This uniqueness is truly something
of which UCSF can be very proud! Thanks also to my Department
Chair, Craig Van Dyke, who truly understands these issues
and actively supports the work of his LGBT faculty. I also
thank my LGBT and straight colleagues, my patients, students
and residents from whom I’ve learned so much, and last,
but certainly not least, my family. Who would have thunk
it, eh Mom? I am so appreciative of the support of my parents,
my brother and sister, my nephews, my son, Danny, his two
dads, Paul and Mike, and especially, my son Danny’s
other mom and my partner of nearly 21 years, Joanne Engel.