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Ithaca College LGBT Director Honored by Planned Parenthood

ITHACA, NY — Planned Parenthood has given its top award to Lis Maurer, program director of the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach and Services. She was honored at the 2011 Planned Parenthood National Conference, held in April in Washington, D.C.

Each year, Planned Parenthood recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of sex education. The top honor is the Mary Lee Tatum Award, the only one for which people outside of the organization are eligible. In recognizing Maurer with the award, for best exemplifying the qualities of an ideal sexuality educator, Planned Parenthood noted that, “her outstanding work on sexual orientation, gender identity, disability issues and HIV/AIDS has made her a go-to source for questions on sexuality.”

Maurer — who previously worked at Planned Parenthood of Delaware — is the founding director of Ithaca College’s LGBT Center. Under her leadership, the college was named one of the 100 best campuses in the nation for LGBT students and was one of only 19 schools nationwide to earn five stars — the highest rating — in the Campus Pride Climate Index, which takes an in-depth look at LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices at colleges and universities.

A sexuality educator, consultant and trainer for more than 20 years, Maurer serves on the editorial boards of the “American Journal of Sexuality Education” and “The Prevention Researcher,” a multidisciplinary journal focusing on successful adolescent development and at-risk youth. She was the coeditor of the textbook “Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience” and a contributing author to the books “GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Binary” and “Sexual Lives: Theories and Realities of Human Sexualities.”

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