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Tribute to Richard Green

It is with great sadness that we announce that Richard Green, one of the founders of and most influential contributors to modern sex research, died in London Sunday morning April 7, at the age of 82.

Dr. Green was a psychiatrist and a lawyer. He had worked with Harry Benjamin, John Money, Robert Stoller, among others, and he was as much committed to science as he was to action and social justice.

He helped pave the road for the medical care of transgendered individuals, at the University of California, and he was a major force in the depathologization of homosexuality, leading to the removal of homosexuality from the DSM in 1973.

Dr. Green was the founder of the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior (1971) and the founding President of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR) in 1975. In addition, he was one of the founding members of the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS), for which he edited the proceedings of the Second World Congress of Sexology, which was held in Montreal in 1976.

Richard Green was a brilliant scientist and a tireless, driven pioneer and social activist, who left a legacy that we all will remember him for.