morning everyone, my name is Leon Hoffman. I am the Chair of the Committee
on Public Information of the American Psychoanalytic Association. On
behalf of the Association and the American Psychoanalytic Foundation,
I really am very honored to welcome you today to participate with us
in this public forum on homophobia.
In my nearly thirty years
in the field, preparing for this event has been one of my most exciting
and profound learning experiences. I am really looking forward to learning
more today from the panelists and from the audience during our open
As of early this morning
we were still hopeful that Representative Frank would join us, but as
you undoubtedly know, the unfortunate events in Washington require him
to be in the Capital. He wanted very much to be here and has sent us
a statement which Dr. Lynch, the moderator, will read later in the program.
After our panelists speak,
there will be ample time for the discussion following the first speaker
from the floor who will be Marvin Peguese, a staff attorney with the
Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the nationís oldest and largest
legal organization defending the civil rights of lesbians, gay men,
and people with HIV and AIDS.
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