from Gender Identity Disorders
The topics to be covered in these papers are 1. Promoting sexual health; 2. Learning from other cultures; 3. Letting old paradigms die and new ones emerge; 4. Providing optimal access to health care [for transsexuals]; 5. Providing training to allied health care professionals; 6. Promoting sound and ethical research; 7. Ending stigma and discrimination; 8. Changing laws and social policies; 9. Changing religious views; and 10. Promoting social tolerance and diversity.
These 10 research paper topics were proposed by outgoing president Eli Coleman during the last HBIGDA symposium. In 2003, Dr. Coleman blasted Dr. J. Michael Bailey's book, The Man Who Would Be Queen as bad science and encouraged members of HBIGDA to become more actively involved in social and political issues. Coleman mentioned the expert testimony given by HBIGDA in a Florida custody case* involving a transsexual father. He called upon HBIGDA to fight religious groups that stigmatize transsexuals.
*The Florida case involved a custody battle between Linda Kantaras, represented by the Liberty Counsel, and Michael Kantaras who had undergone a sex-change operation before they were married. After becoming a Christian, Mrs. Kantaras believed that her marriage was wrong. Michael eventually filed for divorce in 2002 and sued for custody of their two children. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Florida, defended Michael in the case. HBIGDA provided expert testimony on his behalf.
The case was eventually decided by the Second District Court and it overturned a previous legal victory by Michael Kantaras. The court ruled that the state of Florida does not currently recognize same-sex marriages--and thus ruled against Kantaras.