Mark Pope Delivers Presidential Address at APA Convention
Mark Pope, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy, delivered a presidential address at the 2012 American Psychological Association Convention in Orlando. The title of his address was: “First We Were Sane, Now We Are Legal: The Historic Contributions of Division 44 to LGBT Civil Rights.” Pope traced the history of the LGBT civil rights movement, including the founding of Division 44: The Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues, and addressed Division 44’s role in the removal of “homosexuality” from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973 as well as its role in several landmark Supreme Court decisions, most notably Lawrence v. Texas, that overturned state sodomy statutes which had been used to prevent LGBT individuals from achieving full equality.
Pope served as president of Division 44 in 2011-2012.
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