2011 Awards
 In appreciation for serving as President for The World Professional Association for Transgender Health

Walter Bockting, PhD

Excerpted from remarks given by Bean Robinson, WPATH Executive Director at the 2011 WPATH 22nd Biennial Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia

Walter Bockting’s achievements as WPATH President for 2009-2011 were honored by the Executive Committee who presented him with a plaque honoring his "visionary, committed & wise leadership". It has been a productive board under Dr. Bockting's leadership during critical years of unprecedented change, interest and growth in transgender research, funding, and the DSM, IOM, International Classification of Diseases, and Standards of Care. Walter came to the U.S. from Holland in 1988 at the age of 25 to do a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in transgender health at the University of Minnesota’s Program in Human Sexuality headed by his mentor, colleague, and friend, Eli Coleman. Dr. Bockting has never wavered in his interest and passion for the field of transgenderism, even when he was one of a few lone voices advocating for transgender health. It is appropriate to end with a Martin Luther King quote, as Atlanta is the city of MLK's church, life, and grave. This quote exemplifies how Walter has lived his professional life:

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ------ Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

In recognition of many years of skillful, dedicated, and compassionate service to WPATH and the field of transgender health

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health presents the Harry Benjamin Distinguished Service Award to

Griet de Cuypere, MD, PhD

Excerpted from remarks given by Lin Fraser, WPATH President at the 2011 WPATH 22nd Biennial Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia

Griet has worked tirelessly over the years for WPATH, as Secretary-Treasurer from 2005-2007, board member from 2007 - 2011 and has now been re-elected for 4 more years. She was one of the organizers along with past president Stan Monstrey MD, of the 2003 Symposium held in Ghent, Belgium. Moreover, she co-chaired our DSM consensus process during Walter Bockting’s term as President and now serves in the same role in our current ICD process ---- assignments that demand diplomacy and high levels of scholarship. During her regular workday, she is the coordinator of the multidisciplinary Gender-team of Ghent. Griet has graciously offered to host the 2012 BOD Annual Meeting/Retreat in Ghent this spring.
Although she has many visible functions, Griet spends a lot of time behind the scenes, cheerfully and kindly doing any task requested of her. Many have remarked on her willingness to work for WPATH and her reliability. People trust, like, and admire Griet. She is the person who serves as a bridge and peacemaker during potentially contentious undertakings in a field known for its passionate voices. She is calm and reassuring and we all depend on her, for her skills and for who she is as a person.

In recognition of many years of
education and advocacy.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health presents the
Harry Benjamin Distinguished Education and Advocacy Award to

JoAnne Keatley, MSW

JoAnne was born in Mexico City, and immigrated to Southern California before she was 10 years old. She had a difficult life as a young transgender woman, and experienced the street economy and many hardships before she was able to complete her education, going on to earn a Master of Social Welfare degree from the University of California, Berkeley. JoAnne is responsible for a great deal of community organizing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has inspired or instituted a number of successful programs to serve or empower transgender people, particularly trans women of color, who experience tremendous disparities with respect to health, education, and general welfare in society. In 2007, JoAnne established the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF, one of the leading medical research and education institutions in the U.S. Her groundbreaking work with respect to HIV prevention in transgender populations has earned her recognition from the California legislature and one of Kaiser’s National Diversity HIV/AIDS Awards, among many other richly deserved honors. She has consulted on transgender health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 2010, she was invited to speak on transgender issues at the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) meeting on HIV and Aging.

In recognition of a lifetime of scientific achievement
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health presents the
Harry Benjamin Lifetime Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award to

 Peggy Cohen-Kettenis, PhD

For her entire body of work and for pioneering gender-affirming care for children and adolescents
Prof. dr. Peggy Cohen-Kettenis is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she leads the world renowned Gender Center. The Gender Center has played a pivotal role in advancing the understanding and promoting the health of transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people worldwide.
Prof. Cohen-Kettenis has been working in the field of transgender health from its first hour. In the 1970s/early 80s, her research helped establish coverage of sex reassignment by the Dutch national health care system. Since the late 1980s, first in Utrecht and subsequently in Amsterdam, she has tirelessly worked on behalf of transgender youth and revolutionized care for children and adolescents by pioneering early medical intervention in the form of puberty-delaying hormones and subsequent cross-sex hormones for carefully evaluated and prepared adolescents.
Author of numerous publications in the most esteemed peer reviewed journals, Prof. Cohen-Kettenis co-authored the book "Transgenderism and Intersexuality in Childhood and Adolescence: Making Choices” (Sage, 2003). This book reviews the growing body of research in this area and outlines state-of-the-art clinical management of gender dysphoria. The subtitle of this book reflects Prof. Cohen’s empowering approach, depathologizing gender nonconformity while basing treatment decisions in a solid foundation of clinical expertise and available scientific evidence.
Key words that characterize Prof. Cohen-Kettenis include: professional, intelligent, and dedicated to family. Thanks in large part to her vision and pioneering work, the quality of life and outlook for transgender and transsexual youth have forever changed, for the better!
Therefore, WPATH presented her with its highest honor: The Harry Benjamin Lifetime Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award in Atlanta, Georgia, September 22, 2011.


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