Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Trans Talk: Explore the Myth and Science of Sexuality (Radio Interview)

Recently I was the guest on a radio program called TransTalk (part of the Tenth Voice program series) to discuss the topic of the biology of sexual development and behavior, including gender identity and sexual orientation. Sorry that I didn't have time to say everything I would have liked to, but still I'm always glad for every opportunity to reach an audience with this important message about the naturalness of LGBTI people. 


ON THE TENTH VOICE (LGBT) | MARCH 22, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Trans Talk: Explore The Myth and Science of Sexuality with Dr. Drantz

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:13 — 19.3MB)



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

VIDEO – Gender Binary & LGBTI People: Myth and Medical Malpractice


Here is a video of the presentation “Gender Binary and LGBTI People: Myth and Medical Malpractice” that I gave on April 27, 2012 at the Freethought Festival organized by “Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics” at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. This video clearly shows all the slides as I explain them, and is much easier to follow than the slideshow and audio file of this same presentation that I posted on May 13th.



This Freethought Festival was the first of its kind, and I am honored to have been a part of it. You can “attend” all the other thought-provoking Freethought Festival presentations at this link. http://www.youtube.com/wiscatheists

P.S.  Here are some comments from another site:
http://freethoughtblogs.com/almostdiamonds/2012/07/08/the-gender-binary-lgbti-people-myth-and-medical-malpractice/

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Slideshow with Audio: GENDER BINARY AND LGBTI PEOPLE - MYTH AND MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

My PowerPoint slideshow and the accompanying audio recording of my presentation given on April 27th at the Freethought Festival 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin are below.  Click on the audio link (in a separate window) to listen to the presentation and then click on the slideshow to see the slides while you listen.
You will learn the science of sexual development in mammals that includes sexual identity and sexual orientation as well as the genitalia.   "Core sexuality" is discovered, not learned!   You will also learn how LGBTI people continue to be pathologized and subjected to unethical, bogus treatments by medical practitioners hell-bent on enforcing the gender binary.

AUDIO RECORDING 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

INTERSEX STORIES: Alex & Mugsie

Personal Stories of Alex and Mugsie



Hear the stories of intersex people - not clearly male or female but clearly human!

Alex McCorry and Mugsie Pike told their personal stories to a largely gay/lesbian audience at Center on Halsted during the "INTERSEX LIVES: Issues and Personal Stories" presentation on March 10, 2012.

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is a common type of intersex occurring in genetic females. "Classical" CAH causes ambiguous genitalia in the newborn. "Nonclassical" CAH does not cause ambiguous genitalia, but like classical CAH causes the adrenal cortex to produce higher than usual levels of androgen hormones throughout life.

At the video end (when camera battery died) Mugsie was saying: "If you guys encounter anybody who is intersex, please direct them to our social group INTERSEX CHICAGO that meets at Center on Halsted on the first Tuesday of every month."
http://www.meetup.com/Intersex-Chicago/
intersexchicago@gmail.com

The slideshow I presented during my introductory remarks that preceded the personal stories can be viewed below.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

GENDER BINARY & LGBTI PEOPLE: Myth and Medical Malpractice (two April venues)

The medical profession has made a tradition of mistreating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people because they are neither Adams nor Eves! The science versus the medical practice concerning sexuality is the focus of a new presentation entitled: "Gender Binary and LGBTI People: Myth and Medical Malpractice."

I will be delivering this new talk to two different audiences at the end of April.  On Friday, April 27th, I will speak at the FreeThought Festival in Madison, Wisconsin from 7:00pm - 7:30pm.  On Sunday, April 29th, I will speak in Chicago at the Sex, God and Science Conference.  All the details for both events follow.

FREETHOUGHT FESTIVAL



Schedule for FreeThought Festival

SEX, GOD, AND SCIENCE CONFERENCE 

 

Please Join us for one of the sexiest, most thought-provoking conferences in Chicago this Spring on April 29!

12:15pm until 5:00pm 
Aon Center
200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60606
41.884804 -87.634209200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 6060641.884804 -87.634209200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 6060641.884804 -87.634209200 E. Randolph St., 25th Floor (ThoughtWorks Inc.)
Chicago, IL 60606-6501 

REGISTER for Sex, God, and Science Conference


Featured Speakers Include: 

1) Adam Saffron, a neuroscience researcher, who will speak on Gender difference in Human Sexuality and the neural bases of sexual preferences, or, as he rephrases it: "Hot, throbbing neuroscience; peering so deep into the brain, you won't be able to walk for days." 

2) Veronica Drantz, PhD, a researcher, a professor of physiology, an activist, and a dynamic speaker who will discuss:  The Gender Binary and LGBTI People: Myth and Medical Malpractice 

3) Darrel Ray, EdD, author of best-seller The God Virus, and of Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality, who will tell us about Evolution and what the Pope Does Not Know About Sexuality. 

Admission: $12 general and $7 for students - a real deal considering the fun, food, and fine fellowship to be had. 

Although you will pay at the door, please REGISTER and bring an ID to facilitate entry through the building's security.
Being that this is a Sunday afternoon conference, sleep-in and eat before you come. However, drinks, snacks and pastry will be offered during break. 
The conference is sponsored by American Atheists and by ChicagoLand Free Thinkers, its Chicago affiliate.
Webpage:  http://www.supportatheism.com/2012/atheism/sexyscience/

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Adam Saffron, synopsis:
Functional neuroimaging may help to resolve previously unanswered questions and propose a theoretical framework for understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the development of sexual orientation and preferences.
Biography:
Adam has been involved in research of sexual preferences using brain imaging, meditation and mental training for the last 10 years. Recently he investigates the physiological and neurological correlates of sexual preferences and distinct patterns of sexual arousal. He also served as a guest editor for a special issue of: Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology Journal on The Neuroscience and Evolutionary Origins of Sexual Learning.

Veronica Drantz, Ph.D, Synopsis:
What has been learned from the science on core sexual development over the last fifty years? Sexual identity – innate or learned? Sexual orientation? Are intersex people natural? Medical mistreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people because they are neither Adams nor Eves! An update on the science versus the medical practice concerning sexuality from a physiologist’s perspective.
Biography:
Veronica Drantz holds a PhD in physiology and has taught medical professionals most of her life. Dr. Drantz has reviewed the scientific literature accumulated over the last fifty years on sexual identity, sexual orientation, and intersexuality. She is an activist advocating for LGBTI and a dynamic presenter who holds her audience captive as she challenges ongoing myth with her critical research and its social ramifications.

Darrel W. Ray, Ed.D, Synopsis:
Evolution is evident all over our bodies especially in our sex organs. What do duck and human penises have in common? How is Papal sex different than human sex? These are just a few questions to be answered in this fun and thought provoking talk by Darrel Ray.
Biography:
Darrel Ray, Ed.D. is a psychologist who was raised in a fundamentalist home by parents who eventually became missionaries and has seen religion from the inside out.
He is the author of best-seller The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture and a co- researcher of Sex and Secularism: What 10,000 Secularists Told Us About Their Sex Lives.
In his latest book, Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality he asks, “What would happen if we subtracted religion out of sex. What would human sexuality look like? How would it change or inform us?
Darrel appeared in dozens of TV and radio programs including ABC News Nightline and was written about in Playboy Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Los Angeles Times, Times of India, Irish Times and others, and is known for his humorous style.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM: APRIL 29
12:15 – 12:45 Registration, get together
12:45 – 13:00 Welcome, announcements
13:00 – 13:10 Ayala Leyser, Ph.D, introduction: Why have God and Science been fiercely fighting for dominance over sex and gender?
13:10 – 13:30 Adam Saffron: Gender differences in Human Sexuality and the neural bases of sexual preferences.
13:30 – 13:45 Q&A
13: 50 – 14:20 Veronica Drantz, Ph.D: Gender Binary and LGBTI People: Myth & Medical Malpractice
14:20 - 14:35 Q&A
14:35 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 15:30 Darrel Ray, Ed.D: Evolution and what the Pope Does not know about Sexuality.
15:30 – 15: 45 Q&A
15:45 – 16: 35 Open Discussion: Is Religion a mere reflection of social conflict, a cause of bigotry and discrimination, or an efficient meme replicator? How does a Reason- and- Science- based culture fight back?
16:40 concluding remarks, directions to local restaurants
16:40 - 17:00 Book signing, Chicagoland Atheists table, Information, Mixing Clean-up. Since we can’t afford any paid cleaning crews please volunteer to help, Thank you!
17:00 Those of you who want to extend the fun can join us to a local restaurant, TBA
Parking at the AON center, 200 E. Randolph is:
In between 5am and 10am, Out by 10pm : $6.00
In after 10am, Out by 10pm: $13.00

Monday, February 13, 2012

INTERSEX LIVES: Issues and Personal Stories

H.E.R. Day at Center on Halsted

A panel of speakers will present "INTERSEX LIVES: Issues and Personal Stories" as part of H.E.R. Day at Center on Halsted, the Largest Women's Event of the year!
H.E.R. Day is an afternoon of workshops dedicated to Women's health, education, and recreation presented at Center on Halsted. The day will start with a lunch sponsored by aParent IVF, and continue on into a diverse selection of workshop topics for female identified individuals. Your $12 H.E.R. Day ticket will give you access to all the days events, lunch sponsored by aParent IVF and a special keynote address from activist and mother Judy Shepard at 11am.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Judy Shepard (11am-11:30am)
President, MSF Governing Board

In October 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21 year-old son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Matthew's death moved many thousands of people around the world to attend vigils and rallies in his memory. Determined to prevent others from suffering their son's fate, Judy and Dennis decided to turn their grief into action and established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on Matthew's legacy. The Foundation is dedicated to working toward the causes championed by Matthew during his life: social justice, diversity awareness & education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

Judy Shepard is the founding president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board of Directors, and served as its first executive director as well, from 1999 to 2009. In her continuing role as board president, she travels across the nation speaking to audiences about what they can do as individuals and communities to make this world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation. Speaking from a mother's perspective, Judy also authored a 2009 memoir, "The Meaning of Matthew," exploring the family's journey through the prosecution of Matthew's assailants, the ensuing media coverage, and their continuing work to advance civil rights. She and Dennis continue to make their home in Casper, Wyoming.

more about the Matthew Shepard Foundation please visit www.matthewshepard.org.

LUNCH BREAK

Lunch is sponsored by aParent IVF (12:15pm-1pm)

WORKSHOPS

"Feeling Sexy in Your Skin" (1pm-2pm)
JULIA M. RAHN, PH. D., Director, Studio For Change® and Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Julia Rahn is a Clinical Psychologist with more than fifteen years of experience in helping people meet their individual and family goals. Her key to success is working with the whole person who has many different aspects and using creative interventions to promote change. It soon became clear to her that the best way to serve her clients is to collect all of her therapeutic efforts and resources under one roof. Dr. Julia is the head of the Studio for Change®, a therapy practice staffed by nine therapists who specialize in individual, family, and couples' counseling. Around the practice, she built Flourish Studios®, a relaxed atmosphere where people can learn to create positive change in their lives through education, art, therapy and other resources. From empowering art to unusual greeting cards, developmental games and puzzles, and products that stimulate the creative spirit, Flourish Studios® is a unique place where people can find what they need to feel better.
 

Parenting of Transgender or Gender Non-conforming Children (1pm-2pm)
Jennifer Carr, author of Be Who You Are
Jennifer Carr, author of Be Who You Are. Be Who You Are was written to open minds and hearts to the concept of children who do not identify with their birth gender. Gender diverse or transgender children are often misunderstood, ridiculed, physically assaulted or shamed into acting contrary to how they feel causing lasting and damaging effects.


Menopause (2pm-3pm)
Magda Houlberg, MD Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Howard Brown
Magda joined Howard Brown in 2008 as its Director of Geriatric Medicine and became Chief Clinical Officer in 2011. Her medical practice focus includes LGBT aging, HIV medicine, health promotion and interdisciplinary medical care for populations at risk. 


INTERSEX LIVES – Issues and Personal Stories (2pm-3pm)

Who is intersex? What is it like to live as an intersex person? Meet intersex people and hear their personal stories! Learn about their issues and concerns.

Veronica Drantz, PhD
Dr. Drantz has reviewed the scientific literature accumulated over the last fifty years on intersexuality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity and speaks to the public about this research and its social ramifications.


Georgiann Davis, PhD

Georgiann Davis is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Her research interests center on the medical management of intersexuality. She has extensively studied the ways in which intersexuality is experienced, contested, and debated among intersexuals, their parents, and medical professionals.
Alex and Mugsie
Intersex persons will tell their personal stories.

Introduction to Yoga (3pm - 4pm)Learn the basics of yoga in this one-hour workshop taught by yoga instructor Jennifer Carr. Absolutely no experience with yoga is required, and after this session, you should feel comfortable taking any beginner=level yoga classes.

Health Pride (3pm-4pm)A fun, one-hour workout taught by DeAnna Bellamy of Body Revolution. No prior workout experience required.


BUY TICKETS

Your $12 H.E.R. Day ticket will give you access to all the days events, lunch sponsored by aParent IVF and a special keynote address from activist and mother Judy Shepard at 11am at no additional charge.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

INTERSEX CHICAGO - New Group at Center on Halsted

The Center on Halsted now serves Chicago’s intersex people as well as its LGBT community.  “Intersex Chicago” will meet at Center on Halsted on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 9pm.  The following show gives more information.


It is gratifying that the impetus for this new intersex group was my June 11th presentation at Center on Halsted, entitled “Intersex People: What You Should Know and Why You Should Care,” that included two intersex spokespersons. Officials from the Center who attended this presentation were so impressed that they offered support for intersex people to meet at the Center.

The first meeting of Intersex Chicago will be on December 6th in Room 201.

Contact us:
intersexchicago@gmail.com
intersexchicago@groups.facebook.com
http://www.meetup.com/Intersex-Chicago