Sexual diversity centre at U of T to give citizenship award to renowned Oxygen network sex educator Sue Johanson

TORONTO, ON – The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, located at University College, University of Toronto, is pleased to announce renowned sexual educator and counsellor Sue Johanson as the recipient of its 2010 Citizenship Award. The award will be presented to Sue Johanson at a reception to be held on September 22nd, 2010 at Croft Chapter House, University College, 15 Kings College Circle, Toronto, event to begin at 4:30pm and award presentation at 5:30 pm.

The Citizenship Award was established by the Bonham Centre in 2007 to recognize an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the advancement and education of issues surrounding sexual education in Canada.  Past award recipients have included filmmaker John Greyson, lawyer Barbara Findlay, and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). .

“Sue Johanson embodies the essence of the Citizenship Award. Her groundbreaking work in sex education has created new space in the public sphere for open and engaged discussions of sex and sexuality,” says Brenda Cossman, Director of the Bonham Centre. For the last 35 years, Sue Johanson has provided frank and honest sexual education to thousands of Canadians through her lectures, radio programs, and the Sunday Night Sex Show on television. Johanson first achieved popularity as a sex educator and therapist on rock radio station Q107 in Toronto with a two hour phone-in show dedicated to advice on sex. The show was called Sunday Night Sex Show and existed for fourteen years between 1984 and 1998. In 1985 this radio program was turned into a TV talk show with the same name on the community access television, Rogers Cable. In 1996 it became a national show on the Women’s Television Network The U.S. version of Sunday Night Sex Show, called Talk Sex with Sue Johanson, produced especially for American audiences, debuted in November 2002 on Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen television network.  It rapidly became the U.S network’s most watched television program.

Though retired from radio and television today, Sue Johanson remains active as a published author of several books on sexual education and lectures widely at universities across Canada and the U.S. Johanson’s work educating and informing the public about birth control and sexual health earned her Canada’s highest honor, appointment to the Order of Canada in 2001.

The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (SDS) at University College, University of Toronto offers an undergraduate program, a collaborative graduate program (M.A. and Ph.D.), hosts academic and community events, and promotes research into sexuality. Created in 1998, the SDS program has established itself as one of the premier such programs and centres in the world forging connections among faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and community members interested in questions about how we understand sexual diversity and sexual practices in society.

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For more information, please contact:

Wendy Koslow
Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
University of Toronto
416-978-6276
sexual.diversity@utoronto.ca
www.utoronto.ca/sexualdiversity

Christine Elias
Faculty of Arts & Science
University of Toronto
416-946-5499
christine.elias@utoronto.ca

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