Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
- James Baldwin
The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) is deeply saddened by the senseless and tragic deaths of George Floyd and others. Furthermore, we are angered by the scourge of racism and violent behavior that has polarized this country. This violence has challenged the trust of the law enforcement within black and other communities of color who have been persistent victims of marginalization, oppression, racial profiling, and egregious acts of discrimination.
Since its inception in 1994, SMSNA has strongly advocated for sexual health, sexual choice, and freedom of sexual expression. We understand that none of these are truly possible without racial and gender equality.
Comprising more than 800 members of all races, creeds, and national origin, the SMSNA is committed to using our platform to improve the healthcare of every individual and also the learning environment of physicians-in-training, regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or economic status.
The SMSNA and its members are devoted to providing compassionate, equitable and outstanding care for all patients and communities. We rededicate ourselves individually and collectively to that mission and to building a society devoid of racism, discrimination, and bias.
The SMSNA fully supports the AUA statement condemning racism and racial inequalities
The SMSNA also recognizes the First Amendment rights of those individuals who peacefully assemble to petition our government for change.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
The members of the SMSNA Board of Directors