I have been treating gender variant and queer clients since the days of the Harry Benjamin Society, now called WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).  I can’t recall anything as disturbing to support transgender health as a nation than what occurred this week.  Here is the WPATH position statement:

For Immediate Release

East Dundee, IL: October 23, 2018

WPATH Board Responds to Federal Effort to Redefine Gender

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Board of Directors expresses its strongest disagreement with the intention of the Trump administration to define human gender as the sex recorded at birth based on visible genital formation and to restrict changes, all via regulation. It has been known for decades that sex and gender cannot be determined solely by birth anatomy or chromosomes. More recently, the durable biological underpinnings for gender identity have become better understood within the mainstream medical and scientific communities. Further, the targeting of individuals or groups to deny medically-indicated care represents a violation of the professional oaths taken by us in the medical provider community.

The Trump administration’s past efforts to erase transgender people from American society indicate that its officials believe that XX or XY chromosomal testing to be definitive and definitional. However, this testing is insufficient to measure the known factors that affect the actual sex or gender of a sentient human being.

To acknowledge the diversity of sex and/or gender present in all human beings gives life and potential to those millions of people whose characteristics are not simply defined by sex chromosomes. Over the past 30 years, litigation throughout all levels of the US judicial system has proven time and again that human beings who are not reducible to chromosomes do deserve full equality, including access to employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and health care, along with all rights conferred by the US Constitution.

WPATH member physicians and researchers stand ready to testify before Congress to protect and defend the health and well-being of all transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

Gottman Level I Training in Denver

On May 6, 2015, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

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I have always admired Dr. John Gottman’s contribution to the field and our understanding of couples.  The 25 year longitudinal studies produced by Gottman’s “love lab” at the University of Washington was invaluable.

If you are a clinician wanting to better understand Gottman’s principles, it all starts with training level I which will be in Denver on June 12 & 13.  For more information go to:  http://nationalmarriageseminars.com/event/gottman-level-1-training-denver-co/

I have taken classes with Dr. Bill Bumberry who will be traveling to Denver from St. Louis and he is a delightful man and an excellent Gottman trainer that I highly recommend.

Remember, the first to being a good sex therapist, is to first be a great couples counselor.

Mating in Captivity…

On April 19, 2015, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

 

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Please allow me to introduce you to my friend, Esther Perel…

Everyone in our field knows that Esther is a shining star in the world of sex, intimacy and relationships. She is a masterful clinician practicing in New York City and the most eloquent person I know. Esther authored the “must read” book for couples called “Mating in Captivity” and she gave a remarkable Ted Talk viewed now by some 6 million people.  Esther speaks a half dozen languages fluently and she has an extraordinary clinical understanding of eroticism.  Esther epitomizes the concept of being an old soul.

My reason for writing about Esther however isn’t about her brilliance, but rather her professional generosity.  Several years ago when Esther was visiting Denver, we were “talking shop” over dinner.  She was kind enough to share an exercise with me that she does with her clients.  I have been using it ever sense with my own clients however I hadn’t yet passed it on to the clinicians that I teach, supervise and mentor.  So on this beautiful Sunday morning here in Denver, I sent Esther an e-mail requesting permission to share her work.  Before I could get back upstairs with a fresh cup of coffee, there was a lovely affirmative response waiting for me.

That my friends, is professional generosity and I didn’t want it to go un-noticed.  Thank you, Esther for all that you do for our beloved field, the clients we serve, and the work we do.

Naked kids & cell phones…

On January 10, 2009, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

 I’m about as open and affirming to all forms of sexual expression as one can possibly be.  When it comes to sex, Archie Bunker would have called me a “left wing commie pinko fag.”  I would never be so arrogant to say that I’ve heard it all, but I’ve heard a lot!  Fetishes, check.  Cross dressing, check.  Sadomasochism, check.  Gerbils, check.  And as much as any person on this planet, I believe it’s all good if it’s between consenting adults.  But that’s the root of this rant.  Approximately 20% of teens have sent nude or semi-nude photos of themselves to friends via cell phones and online postings. But teens can be 18 or 19, right?  No problem except for one little detail.  In those numbers, 11% of teen girls between 13 and 16 have done this.  My kids are in their 20’s but I’m telling you that if my 13 year old son or daughter would have distributed naked pictures of themselves, I’d be on death row now and they would still be taking out the trash, one snotty tissue at a time.  But that’s not all.  To add insult to injury, sex offense charges are being filed against some of the kids, which may have me even more wound up than the original issue.  As a society we over-legislate and under-parent.  The government needs to stand down and moms and dads need to step it up! Okay, I feel better now but I need to leave so I can go confiscate my 28 year old daughter’s cell phone.    www.doctorcannon.com      

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