Emily Eastwood, Executive Director, Lutherans Concerned, will be a panelist at the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) Annual Convention April 20-21, 2012, being held at Southwest Marriott Hotel, Minnetonka, Minnesota.


Emily will be part of the “Reconciling Conflicts between Religious Beliefs and Sexual Orientation” discussion of the film, “For the Bible Tells Me So” on Saturday, April 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


This discussion is part of the Marriage Equality Track of the convention.  Registration for the event is required to attend this discussion.  Daily rates are available.  Information about registration and rates is available on the MPA website at http://tinyurl.com/MPAconvention.  The entire Marriage Equality Track is listed at the bottom of this announcement.


ADDITIONALLY, as part of the convention, the MPA is hosting a FREE event for the LGBT community,

“Developing Resilience in the Face of Anti-Gay Initiatives,” April 20th, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Southwest Marriott Hotel.  Panelists: Clinton Anderson, Ph.D.; Ilan Meyer, Ph.D.; Beverly Greene, Ph.D.; Glenda Russell, Ph.D.






Annual Convention Opening Keynote

“Psychology’s Contribution to Marriage Equality”

April 20th 8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

Clinton Anderson, Ph.D., Director of the American Psychological Association’s

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office;

Ilan Meyer, Ph.D., UCLA School of Law; Glenda Russell, Ph.D., University of

Colorado at Boulder.


“New Perspectives on Female Sexual Desire & Orientation”

April 20th 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Lisa Diamond, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender

Studies, University of Utah.


“Minority Stress & Mental Health in Lesbian, Gay Men, and Bisexuals”

April 20th 1:15-2:30 p.m.

Ilian Meyer, Ph.D. Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law

and Public Policy, UCLA School of Law


“Bullied: A Student, a School, & a Case That Made History”

A film followed by discussion.

April 20th  2:45-3:30 p.m.

Jaimie Nabozny, Safe School Advocate


“Hate Crimes Perpetrated Against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People”

April 20th  3:45-5:00 p.m.

Rebecca Waggoner, OutFront Minnesota; Dallas Drake, Center for Homicide Research,

Barbara Satin, Transgender Day of Remembrance, The Task Force.


“Reconciling Conflicts between Religious Beliefs and Sexual Orientation”

April 21st  9:30-12:15 a.m.

View the film For the Bible Tells Me So followed by a clergy panel and discussion.


“Sexuality and Religious Beliefs in Psychotherapy: Ethical and Clinical Challenges for Clinicians”

April 21st  2:15-3:30 p.m.

Beverly Greene, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, St. John’s University


“Heterosexual Allies and LGBT Rights: A Film and Discussion”

April 21st  3:45-5:00 p.m.

View this PBS Special and have the opportunity to discuss with Glenda

Russell, Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, whose work is highlighted in

the film.