Advocacy

Dr. Dianne Berg

Our faculty work with national and international groups to develop strategies to promote sexual and gender health, responsible sexual behavior, and to increase awareness of scientific-based factors to improve sexual health including comprehensive sexuality education. We advocate on behalf transgender and gender diverse individuals through consultation and training for professional organizations and the workplace. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) released a revised Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Non-conforming People, with a majority of Institute faculty working on committees to draft the revision.

When called upon, Institute faculty provide scientific-based information in legal settings. We provide expertise in the areas of transgender and gender diversity, individuals with intersex conditions, cases dealing with sexual abuse and sexual offending, and much more. From the Minnesota State Legislature and the Minnesota Department of Corrections to elementary schools and workplaces, we provide accurate information to increase understanding, set precedents for sexual and gender rights, and reduce social stigma.

In an effort to share accurate information with the general public, our faculty frequently consult with major news organizations such as the New York Times, NPR, USA Today, ABC News, WCCO News, and Minneapolis Star Tribune.

For media inquiries, call 612-625-1331