Each year, SI celebrates people and
challenge the sexual fear, unrealistic expectations, and government
that undermine love, sex, and relationships--and political freedom.
Past recipients have included novelist Philip
Candye Kane, sex educators Bill Taverner and Susie Wilson, and
Catholics For A
Free Choice. This year's
Sexual Intelligence Awards™ are equally deserving:
Religious Institute for Sexual Morality, Justice, & Healing
Comedian Alan King used to say that if you want to
about sex and you want to talk about marriage, you need to have two
conversations. Some people feel that way about sex and religion: that
require two separate conversations.
Institute, founded in 2001, challenges that
belief by advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith
communities. As we
said in 2002, "their founding declaration is a gorgeous
document which affirms that sexuality is a life-fulfilling, divine
The Religious Institute provides education and
clergy and congregations, and their staff (led by Director Reverend
Haffner) regularly appears on major media outlets such as NPR. Their
consistent: faith requires justice, and justice requires sexual justice.
The Religious Institute issues periodic
Open Letters, which
creatively define how faith communities can address issues of the day
which there is conflict. They've done these about sex education,
other topics, most recently adolescent
Most importantly, they take back sex from the more conservative, sex-phobic wing of the religious community. They're developing a network of religious leaders committed to sexual justice, and they're helping to create sexually healthy congregations. They help men and women conceptualize sexuality in harmony with faith values--stressing godliness, compassion, truth, integrity, and moral decision-making. By encouraging people of faith to speak out progressively on sexual issues as people of faith, the Religious Institute is bringing sexual intelligence and healing to our world.
Robert Francoeur & Ray Noonan, Encyclopedia Editors
Imagine an encyclopedia of sex. An international
encyclopedia of sex. Imagine all the work it would require to create it.
Now imagine that the people who did that have
given it away
for free. That's what editors Robert Francoeur and Ray Noonan have
Honorable mention goes to Continuum International Publishing Group,
which licensed the free access, and the Kinsey Institute, which
institutional home for the massive project.
You can, of course, buy
your own copy. But now everyone can
use it, free, online.
You get 200 contributors, countries from A to Z, and new
ideas about what people do sexually, why, and how that fits into their
This award honors all the hardworking
course. But the real heroes, delivering the original 3-pound book and
supervising its transformation and revisions, are Dr.
Robert Francoeur--author of 22 books and editor-in-chief
Complete Dictionary of Sexology, and Dr. Ray Noonan--sexuality
and web editor of SexQuest.
When it comes to sexual intelligence, you could say they wrote the book.
Raymond Lawrence Jr., Pastoral Supervisor and Historian
Reverend Lawrence has spent a very long career
The Church has not always been pleased about this.
Lawrence has navigated this tricky situation--how
professionals to counsel people about problems they're not supposed to
helping them to help others envision and embrace a sexual world that
been taught is dangerous--with grace and dignity for decades.
The book caps a life's work of Episcopal parish
theological essays, and teaching.
Robert McGinley, Non-monogamy activist
By 1966 the
It didn't happen easily. McGinley has been in
court time and
again, fighting government discrimination against sponsoring hotels and
bribery by state officials attempting to discredit him. Before the ACLU
involved, he spent $100,000 of his own money. In 1998 he won
an enormous victory court over
Even if you don't swing, go on nude cruises, or
lifestyles seminars, McGinley has helped protect your right to express
sexual preferences in private--and hotels' right to host events that
challenge the "morality" of those who disapprove of the events. This
includes events involving
tattooing, same-gender relationships, and contraceptive education.
Not content with merely creating a socio-cultural
for millions of swingers, McGinley has recently gone south of the
now sponsors an annual Erotic Art Walk and Fiesta in
Charles Moser & Peggy Kleinplatz, Sex Researchers
Caution: what your physician, psychologist, or
think they know about sex could be hazardous to your well-being.
Moser and Kleinplatz take this threat seriously.
Kleinplatz is Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of
Psychology at the
Together, they are one of the most important and
team of sex researchers working today.
For 10 years, they have been calling attention to
various ways in which professional psychology, medicine, and the
undermine sexual and emotional health. They have eloquently challenged
(the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric
Association), showing that its classifications of sexual pathology are
based on science or evidence. Instead, the DSM typically mirrors and
Another career highlight is the recent publication
Powerful Pleasures. In it, as in much of their work, they show
how various forms of sexual transgression are pathologized,
marginalized by professions trusted by the public to understand such
The practical consequences of society's misconceptions about
sexualities range from the loss of jobs, child custody, and security
to long jail sentences for consensual behavior.
Moser and Kleinplatz have published dozens of
peer-reviewed journals. The APA's 2003 symposium
about whether gender identity
disorders and sexual sadism should remain classed as mental illness
historical watershed in professional psychology. So do the new
guidelines for sadomasochism published in 2005 by AASECT.
The two dedicated researchers have endured not just professional misunderstanding, but censure and threats of violence. They have even been accused of supporting pedophilia--a perfect example of the negative, irrational environment they have so eloquently described in their work. In broadening our concepts of sexuality, Kleinplatz & Moser have increased the sexual intelligence of clinicians and our justice system.
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