Dr. Joseph H. Kinnamey, DVM, becomes the first gay president of the American American Veterinarian Medical Association.

Vet from North Carolina has history-making moment

A North Carolina veterinarian became the first openly gay president-elect for the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) last July and he has been speaking to LGBT vet students about their concerns.

Dr. Joe Kinnamey of Reidsville, N.C., was elected by his peers at its House of Delegates meeting.

The 153-year-old association has typically elected straight, white men to the leadership post, but more recently has begun to elect a handful of women. AVMA’s gay and lesbian professionals were celebratory over the news.

He shared with the association’s news site that he did not see himself as a pioneer. “It’s just my life. It’s who I am,” he shared.

Kinnarney, who hid his relationship with his partner and now husband while campaigning for the post, has since become a more vocal advocate of LGBT vets and students.

AVMA Associate Director for International and Diversity Issues Dr. Beth Sabin has stated that Kinnarney’s example stands as an illustration of why inclusion is a core value of the association.

Supporting veterinary professionals is a top priority of the association and has been so since it was founded by Dr. Ken Gorczyca.

Psychiatric association condemns conversion therapy

On March 23, the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) called for an end to the discredited practice of “conversion therapy,” which is linked to serious harms, including depression, substance abuse and suicide.

The world’s largest organization of mental health professionals represents 200,000 people in 118 countries.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) #BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator and Staff Attorney Sam Ames lauded the statement issued by the WPA. The statement stated that the WPA saw no sound scientific evidence that innate sexual orientation can be changed. It went on to say that such treatment can create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourishes and can potentially be harmful. The WPA added that using conversion therapy was wholly unethical.

The announcement comes less than a year after the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released a groundbreaking report calling for all member countries to end conversion therapy. That report followed the United Nations Committee Against Torture’s historic decision to raise the issue as a potential violation of human rights just after NCLR delivered testimony at the 2014 review of the U.S. NCLR has been at the forefront of the movement to end the practice.

The #BornPerfect campaign was launched to end conversion therapy by protecting youth from these practices through legislation and litigation and raising awareness about the serious harms caused by such treatment.

Expulsion weighs on lesbian

A lesbian in the Bostic N.C. area is facing possible expulsion from the church of which she has belonged since birth if she does not divorce her wife.

First Baptist Church recently penned a letter to “Kelly” to denounce her sexual orientation as well. All this has taken a tole on her and she has expressed her angst in an interview with Outsports, saying that she has spent her entire life in the church and that she had come out to her parents, but the three of them decided to hide it from the church. Some time later, she chose to share her sexuality with some church members who had no issue with her.

All that changed when she married her partner in January 2015.

She was not actively attending the church when she received the letter and was shocked that the church had taken such a disturbing stance.

In an attempt to voice her position, she wrote a letter to the church asking them to remove her membership and she even has had intensions of posting it to her Facebook page. She wants everyone in her former congregation to hear the letter read “correctly” when she choses to mail it.

QUICK HITS

Janice Covington Allison, who is from Charlotte, N.C., was selected as one of 12 transgender Americans who are proud to support Hillary Clinton.
info: hillaryclinton.com.

Psychiatric Times has posted a feature on the role of psychiatrists in HIV prevention.
info: bit.ly/1XannTE.

The Indigo Girls will be headliners at the General Conference of The United Methodist Church’s Reconciling Methodist Network benefit concert in Portland, Ore., in May.
info: rmnetwork.org.

Mary-Louise Parker, Guy Pearce and others have joined the cast of an LGBT-themed miniseries, “When We Rise,” on ABC.
info: tvguide.com.

The Kentucky Senate unanimously approved a single marriage license form.
info: fairness.org.

The award-winning film, “Families Are Forever,” has been designated a a best practice resource for LGBT youth suicide prevention.
info: familyproject.sfsu.edu/family-videos.

The state’s same-sex adoption ban was struck down when the Campaign for Southern Equality won its case against the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
info: southernequality.org. familyequality.org.

Philadelphia, Pa., has been selected as the site for the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference, the nation’s largest LGBT activist conference in 2017.
info: thetaskforce.org.

Voter ID laws create challenges, added costs for transgender individuals.
info: williamsinstitutte.law.ucla.edu.

The U.K.’s first full-service insurance provided designed and tailored for the gay and lesbian community has been launched.
info: emeraldlife.co.uk.

The fifth installment of “Boystown” will be released on June 1.
info: boystowntheseries@yahoo.com.

A first-ever U.S. tour by LGBT Ethopian Israeli leaders during April.
info: awiderbridge.org.

About half of U.S. states and territories have adopted model LGBT demographic questions in a major health survey.
info: americanprogress.org.

Producers are seeking funding for “Rainbro,” an LGBT teen comedy that is currently being filmed.
info: indiegogo.com/projects/rainbro#.

A Stonewall veterans monument has been proposed in New York.
info: stonewallvets.org.

Housing prisoners in jails and prisons can no longer be done by anatomy for transgender individuals.
info: transequality.org. justdetention.org.

The poster child for the Affordable Care Act has recently come out as transgender.
info: cnn.com.

The American College of Pediatricians has released a statement on transgender policies.
info: acpedsl.org.

OutServe-SLDN will hold its Annual LGBT Military Leadership Conference in May in Washington, D.C.
info: outserve.org.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988,...