CLGBTC 2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns presented its 2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards to two individuals during the APA Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

Charles Silverstein, PhD

In recognition of his advancement of LGBT knowledge, advocacy for depathologization of homosexuality and against aversion therapy, and contributions to the development of affirmative therapies, both within the professions and in LGBT communities. Silverstein was the founding editor of the Journal of Homosexuality, the first journal devoted to LGBT scholarship, and published groundbreaking books translating sexual orientation research into guidance for LGBT people, including "The Joy of Gay Sex." Silverstein's professional advocacy included key roles in the removal of homosexuality as an illness from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, including his presentation to the American Psychiatric Association Nomenclature Committee in 1973, and in behavior therapists' rejection of aversion therapies for LGBT people. He founded and directed two of the earliest mental health clinics and services in the U.S. for the LGBT community, and organized LGBT caucuses in three professional organizations. As one of the earliest openly gay psychologists, he is a cornerstone of the LGBT movement. His courageous, untiring and multifaceted work has resulted in a better world for LGBT people and their loved ones.

José Toro-Alfonso, PhD

In recognition of his service, his research and his mentorship. Toro-Alfonso served 18 years on San Juan HIV/AIDS planning councils and 10 years as the executive director of the Puerto Rico AIDS Foundation, creating the first transgender health initiative in Puerto Rico and testifying frequently on LGBT legislation. He served as a leader in the APA, the Puerto Rico Psychological Association, and as general secretary and president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology, shepherding SIP's increasing support for LGBT psychology. The excellence and relevance of his numerous research projects and more than 100 articles and 40 book chapters and books on masculinities, body image, eating disorders, domestic violence, HIV/AIDs and sexual stigma have made him one of the most accomplished researchers on LGBT issues in the world of Spanish and Portuguese speakers. He co-created the Latino Research Training Program in HIV/AIDS at the University of Puerto Rico and has supervised the dissertations of 60 students. Joe is a leading voice in the movement to integrate LGBT issues into a global psychology.