September 17, 2-4pm EDT
In-person CURED Film Screening & Panel Discussion
(film available virtually after the event)

September 18-19, 12-5pm EDT
Virtual Panels (Registration Required)

Experts from around the country will discuss such topics as: global sexual and gender minority health and human rights, recapping 2023 US policy updates and preparing for 2024, transgender teen well-being, emerging intersectionality in SGM health research, trans reproductive freedom, and bi+ health and well-being.

“You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights.“
- Marsha P. Johnson


Tentative Schedule:

Sunday, September 17, 2023

2:00-4:00PM (EDT): CURED Film Screening & Panel Discussion (The Ruby Film Theater, 2020 Campus Drive)

In partnership with the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF), Duke University School of Medicine is pleased to announce a special screening of CURED, an Emmy-nominated documentary that highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in LGBTQ and medical history when activists and psychiatrists challenged a formidable institution — and won a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQ equality and dignity. On Sunday, September 17th at 2 pm ET, we will host an in-person screening of the one-hour film, followed by a panel discussion featuring the project’s co-director Patrick Sammon in conversation with lesbian psychiatrist and Duke alum (’74) Dr. Margie Sved; local community member Michael Penny; and UNC Ph.D. student Dee Williams. Recent Duke graduate Sophia Chimbanda will moderate the conversation. The discussion will begin at 3 pm ET. If you’re unable to attend the live event, the 80-minute version of the film will be available to stream online from September 17-23. To stream the documentary, click here. You will be asked to enter an email address and provide your name, but you will not be charged. 

Moderated by: Sophia Chimbanda

Confirmed Speakers:

Denise "Dee" Yookong Williams

Doctoral Student, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work

Michael Penny

Playwright & Composer, Durham, NC

Margery "Margie" Sved

Psychiatrist, Raleigh, NC

Patrick Sammon

Co-Producer, Co-Director & Co-Writer of CURED

Monday, September 18, 2023

12:00-12:25PM (EDT): Introductions and Symposium Focus

Opening Remarks:

Chris Beyrer


Duke Global Health Institute

Kate Whetten

Professor, Public Policy, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine and Global Health

Duke University

Sara LeGrand

Associate Research Professor of Global Health

Duke University

12:30-1:30PM (EDT) Session 1: Global Health & Human Rights of Sexual and Gender Minorities

Moderated by: Hy Huynh

Confirmed Speakers:

Raphaellie Lázaro Rezer

Bilingual Educator & SGM Researcher

Museu Afro-Brasil Association & SMILE Study

Laurence Helfer


Duke University Law School

Chris Beyrer


Duke Global Health Institute


Pakistani SGM Advocate

1:30PM (EDT): Rosita Stevens-Holsey, niece of Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, to Introduce the Pauli Murray Awards, starting with the SGM Wellness Emerging Voices Award

Rosita Stevens-Holsey

Civil Rights Activist, niece of Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray

Co-author of Pauli Murray - The Life of a Pioneering Feminist & Civil Rights Activist

1:55-2:55PM (EDT) Session 2: Intersectionality in SGM Health Research

Moderated by: Kiran Sundar

Confirmed Speakers:

Tonia Poteat

Professor, School of Nursing & Co-Director, Sexual & Gender Minority Wellness Program

Duke University

Dinushika Mohottige

Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Equity Research

Mount Sinai

Sahnah Lim

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Population Health

New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Monica Ghabrial

Postdoctoral Fellow, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Western University

3:05-4:15PM (EDT) Session 3: Trans Reproductive Freedom

Moderated by: Jess McDonald

Confirmed Speakers:

Liam Johns

Advocate & Trans Parent

Charlotte, NC

Lara Americo

Journalist & Filmmaker

New York, NY

Carla Pfeffer

Associate Professor, School of Social Work & Director, Consortium for SGM Health

Michigan State University

Gina Sequeira

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Co-Director, Seattle Children's Gender Clinic

Seattle Children's Hospital

Hez Wollin


San Francisco, CA

4:15-4:35PM (EDT): Pauli Murray SGM Wellness Outstanding Leader Award

4:35PM (EDT): Symposium Day One Closing Address 

Jay Pearson

Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy

Duke University

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

12:00-12:15PM (EDT): Welcome and Symposium Focus

12:15-12:30PM (EDT): Pauli Murray SGM Wellness Outstanding Activist Award

12:30-1:45PM (EDT) Session 4: US SGM Policies: 2023 Recap & Looking Forward

Moderated by: Deondra Rose

Confirmed Speakers:

Sara Mar

Policy Communications Coordinator

Whitman-Walker Institute

Katie Jenifer

Policy Director

Equality NC

Diego Sanchez

Director of Advocacy, Policy, & Partnerships


Abigail Nurse

Senior Counsel, Office of the Assistant Attorney General

Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice

Sara Buchdahl

Social Work Graduate Student

Smith College

1:55-2:55PM (EDT) Session 5: Trans Teen Well-Being

Moderated by: Kate Whetten

Confirmed Speakers:

Kinnon MacKinnon

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

York University

Amy Tishelman

Research Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology & Neuroscience

Boston College


Trans Teen

Chapel Hill, NC

Roberto Abreu

Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology

University of Florida

3:05-4:15PM (EDT) Session 6: Bi+ Health & Well-Being

Moderated by: Amy Andre

Confirmed Speakers:

Brian Feinstein

Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Mimi Hoang

Psychologist, Educator & Activist

Living in Color Therapy

Eliot Tracz

Faculty Fellow

New England Law | Boston

Jessie Ford

Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences

Columbia University

Heron Greenesmith

Deputy Director of Policy

Transgender Law Center

4:15PM (EDT): Pauli Murray Sexual & Gender Minority Wellness Outstanding Dissertation Award

4:30PM (EDT) – Symposium Address & Closing

Closing Remarks:

Abbas Benmamoun

Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Duke University

Stay tuned for more updates!