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