2014 Awards

For his service as the local organizing chair for the WPATH 2014 Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand, the largest WPATH Symposium in the history of the association: 
Preecha Tiewtranon, PhD

For his pioneering work in the fields of pediatrics and endocrinology and his leadership and service to the association:


Walter Meyer, MD

Excerpted from the remarks given by Dr Randi Ettner, PhD, at the 2014 WPATH 23rd Biennial Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand:

Walter has been an active member of our association since 1978. He has served in virtually every capacity, including president. He regards some of his most important work as his leadership and contribution to the SOC, and the seminal Endocrine Society’s Clinical Practice Guidelines on Gender Dysphoria.
I want to also acknowledge Walter’s academic and clinical work in the use of puberty blockers to adolescents. His entire body of work consists of more than 190 peer-reviewed publications and over 330 presentations. In addition to his work in the area of gender, Walter’s professional time is spent in the treatment of children with burn injuries.
Finally, I want to relate a personal experience that illustrates Walter’s commitment to WPATH. In 2007, when I was planning the Chicago symposium, I was trying to find volunteers to help with the many tasks involved. My associates, who knew I might ask for help, stopped returning my phone calls. Some changed their email addresses. A few entered the witness protection program. But Walter Meyer approached me and asked: How can I support you?
This is a small example of Walter’s unwavering commitment to the association and to the field. Therefore, it is my great pleasure and a privilege to present him with this award.

Walter Meyer was born in Pensacola, Florida in 1942, grew up in Houston Texas, and graduated from high school in Amarillo Texas before entering Rice University in1960.  He received an M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1968.  In 1973, he began to studying work with Dr. John Money, a psychologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital who did some of the original academic work concerning gender dysphoria.

After being on the Johns Hopkins faculty only 1 year, he moved to The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) 1975 in Galveston Texas as Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology.   Shortly thereafter he assisted the UTMB Psychiatry Department in recruiting Paul Walker, Ph.D., to open the first gender clinic at UTMB. During the next five years, the clinic evaluated and treated over one hundred individuals with gender dysphoria.  From 1985 to 1991, Dr. Meyer did adult and child psychiatry training. Dr. Meyer is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology, Psychiatry and Child psychiatry.  He is the Kempner Professor in Child Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Meyer has been very active since its formation in 1978 in the Benjamin Society, now called World Professional Association for Transgendered Health (WPATH). In 2000 he chaired its international meeting in Galveston. He served as the society president from 2003 to 2005 and on the board of directors until 2008.  The most important work he has been involved in the rewriting as the standards of care chairing the sixth edition in 2003 and participating in the seventh edition in 2009.

  For distinguished scientific achievement-
For his entire work in the field of psychosexual development:


Heino Meyer Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat., USA

Excerpted from the remarks given by Dr Peggy Cohen-Kettenis, PhD, at the 2014 WPATH 23rd Biennial Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand:

Heino Meyer-Bahlburg Dr. rer. Nat. was born in Germany. He studied in Hamburg and Düsseldorf, but came to New York in 1970.  He is now professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University. From early on in his career he was interested in the relationship between hormones and gender development and he has done numerous studies on this topic. Even more importantly, he greatly contributed to the conceptualization of the development of gender identity, gender role and sexual orientation. His work led to a better understanding of the psychosexual development of gender dysphoric people, both with and without intersex conditions / DSD. Prof. Meyer-Bahlburg is a true academic with very high standards when it comes to science. This is clear from  the huge number of papers, chapters and other publications he has written. His great intelligence and scientific rigor have not remained unnoticed. Prof Meyer-Bahlburg  has received more than a dozen awards and honors. But he is also praised by the people around him for his  generosity,  modesty, care and high ethical standards.The WPATH is proud to honor him with The Harry Benjamin Lifetime Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award in Bangkok, February  17, 2014.

Heino F.L. Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat., is a Research Scientist at NYS Psychiatric Institute and Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, both in New York City. He is an Associate Director of the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health, Director of its Program of Developmental Psychoendocrinology and Director of the Development Core of the Division’s HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. He received his graduate-school training in Experimental and Clinical Psychology from the Universities of Hamburg and Düsseldorf, both in Germany. His primary research interest is the developmental psychobiology of gender and sexuality and its implications for the care of persons with (somatic) intersexuality and with other gender variants, along with related assessment-method development. He was a charter member of HBIGDA/WPATH, is a member of its Committee on Intersexuality/DSD (since its inception in 2002) and of the editorial board of IJT. He served on several nosologic Work Groups of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-III-R, DSM-IV, and DSM-5) as well as on various international Work Groups and Task Forces for the development of treatment guidelines for intersexuality and transgenderism, including for SOC-7.

 "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” In appreciation for your dedicated service. 



Lin Fraser, EdD
President, 2011-2014

Dr. Lin Fraser is immediate Past President of WPATH. Her goals during her Presidency center on training and education, becoming a more international organization, partnering with other organizations, and expanding the use of technology (TIPT).Dr. Fraser saw her first transgender client in 1972 and has had a San Francisco-based private psychotherapy practice with a gender subspecialty since 1976. She is a charter member of WPATH (then HBIGDA) and served as a consultant on the first Standards of Care. She participates in education and advocacy through teaching, consulting, working with the judicial system, and appearing in the media to educate others about transgender health.She has chaired two Strategic Planning Meetings during her Presidency and hosted the WPATH Global ICD Consensus Process meeting in San Francisco. She is one of the main contributors and writers of the current WPATH Standards of Care (SOC7) and is co-founder/chair of the WPATH Global Education Initiative (GEI) with Dr. Gail Knudson.

 In recognition of her many years of passionate, inspirational advocacy,
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health presents the Harry Benjamin Distinguished Advocacy Award to


Sass Rogando Sasot

Excerpted from the remarks of Jamison Green, PhD, President of WPATH, at the 2014 WPATH 23rd Biennial Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand:

In the spring of 2001, I received an email from a young woman in the Philippines. She told me she was 18 years old, and she was frustrated that trans women were seen as "effeminate gay men” rather than women. They were treated badly; their needs, their dreams were ignored. This young woman asked me, "How do I become an activist?” Sass Rogando Sasot co-founded the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) in 2002, the first organization of its kind in that country. Sass and her growing circle of sister activists worked hard to spread awareness, and whenever students wanted to interview them for research or newspaper articles, they traded their stories for student-organized talks on transgender issues. . Last year, she received the 2013 ECHO Award, which is given annually to a migrant student for excellence in academic and higher professional education in The Netherlands. She hopes to build a career in the field of international affairs, and she hopes to be a role model for young transgender people, particularly those of Asian descent. She says, "It’s so important that people like us are represented in positions of influence and responsibility. We have to start changing the discourse of our lives: the sorry stories of victimhood must be replaced by the dignity of our achievements.” Accordingly, I am VERY proud to present the 2014 Harry Benjamin Distinguished Advocacy Award to Sass Rogando Sasot. Unfortunately, Sass couldn’t leave her classes to be here, but her sister STRAP member, Minerva Rios, will accept the award on her behalf.

Sass Rogando Sasot started her trans activism in 2001, after graduating high school. She started discussing transgender rights and issues in Luneta Park, a public park in Manila, Philippines. In December 2002, she co-founded the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), the first transgender rights and support group in the Philippines. In 2003 & 2004, together with Drs Sam Winter and Mark King of the University of Hong Kong, she did the first comprehensive study on transgender women in the Philippines. The International Journal of Transgenderism published it in 2007. She has spoken on trans people’s rights in various forum, in different countries such as the Philippines, Hong Kong, Italy, Austria, Iceland, Sweden, Spain, France, Denmark, United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United States. In 2009, along with four other LGBT activists, she spoke in a historic United Nations General Assembly side-event. The UN featured her speech in their official You Tube channel (http://youtu.be/JrOc6CIQjtc). She is now based in The Hague, Netherlands, where she received the 2013 ECHO Awards, given annually to excellent migrant students in academic and higher professional education in The Netherlands. In 2014, Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, asked her to develop their diversity policy on gender identity and expression. Sass has two degrees, a Bachelor in Business Administration in Human Resource Management from the Open University of Hong Kong, and a Combined Major in World Politics & Global Justice (Magna cum Laude) from Leiden University College. She is  determined to build a career in the field of international affairs. She aspires to be, to use Laverne Cox's words, a possibility model to young trans people, especially to those of Asian descent. "We have to start changing the discourse of our lives,” she asserts, "the sorry stories of victimhood has to be replaced by the dignity of our achievements.”

For distinguished education:
Tone Maria Hansen, Norway

Tone Maria Hansen is a graduate in sociology from the University of Oslo. She has worked as the President of Harry Benjamin Resource center for 14 years. She is currently the CEO of HBRS. Her work in HBRS has consisted of getting treatment for transgender individuals back (treatment was shut down in Norway from 2000 until 2003). Tone Maria has established a network among the Norwegian government. She has also been working to improve the quality of treatment, and she helped in writing the law that made it possible to change one’s name without surgery in 2002.As many of you in WPATH know, she was the chair of the local organizing committee for the symposium in Oslo 2009. In Atlanta 2011 she was the chair for the workshop on community organizations and social support. Tone Maria was also an abstract judge for the WPATH Bangkok Symposium.She is one of the co-founders of the Norwegian Human-rights alliance and also a board-member of the Norwegian association for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Tone Maria has worked hard to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in gender incongruent health in Norway.