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The Contemporary Relationships Conference seeks to recognize outstanding efforts by individuals and/or organizations who have been extraordinary advocates for mental health and positive relationships within the LGBTQ+ community. Nominees should have demonstrated considerable creativity and innovative efforts in developing programs, services, and conversations that benefit LGBTQ+ people and/or strive to advance equality. The ideal candidate may be a well-known leader, or an unsung champion, that works tirelessly to improve the lives, relationships, and families of LGBTQ+ people.

Below are the recipient's of the award. To nominate someone for 2025, please click HERE.


2024         SARAH WHITTON, PhD

Sarah (she/her), is a licensed clinical psychologist, professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, and Director of the Today’s Couples and Families Research Program. Her research is focused on the mental health and close relationships of people in marginalized groups, particularly sexual and gender minority(SGM) individuals. She is the PI of FAB400, an NIH-funded longitudinal cohort study of SGM young people assigned female at birth focused on development, minority stress, close relationships, and mental health. Dr. Whitton has also developed and evaluated a number of tailored relationship education programs for SGM couples designed to promote relationship health and individual well-being using an SGM affirming approach.


2023          COLT ST. AMAND, PHD, MD

Colt is an educator, physician, psychologist, and advocate for the queer community,

especially our gender expansive queer siblings.

  • Education

    • PhD Clinical Psychology - Univ Houston

      • Licensed psychologist TX

    • MD - Univ Texas Medical Branch

      • Licensed Physician TX, MN, soon to be NY

  • Roles

    • Family Medicine Resident

    • Lecturer

    • Research Coordinator

    • Research Assistant

    • Research Mentor

    • Course Coordinator

    • Course Creator

    • Course Director

    • Ad hoc editor

    • Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Research

    • 49 peer reviewed publications

  • Presentations

    • 21 international conference presentations

    • 52 domestic conference presentations

    • 54 guest lecture appearances

    • 17 poster presentations

  • Grants, Scholarships, Awards

    • 27 total

    • $57,000

  • CV 30 pages+

  • Former CRC presenter

  • Speaker at Texas legislature, combating recent anti-trans legislation banning gender affirming care for youth.

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