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The Pacific Center for Sex and Society (PCSS) , whose director is Dr. Milton Diamond, is located within the University of Hawai‘i. It is a not-for-profit entity associated with the John A. Burns School of Medicine (Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology).

Research at the Center is primarily concerned with sexual development and other issues of sex that are related to social issues. We have done research on and published on such topics as abortion, family planning, HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, intersexuality, pornography, same-sex marriage, transsexuality and sex education.  Research associated with many of these topics remains ongoing.

In the past these efforts were supported, in the main, by the Ford Foundation, the National Institutes of Mental Health and Child Development, the Guttmacher Institute and the Garfield Foundation. With Dr. Diamond's retirement from the University at the end of 2009 (although he will be continuing his studies and researches), such funds are no longer available.  Contributions to assist these efforts are welcome and can be made tax free to "The University of Hawai‘i, Dr. Diamond's project 121.98204".

A wide range of published papers is archived on this web site, and more are added regularly; these mainly address issues of intersex, transgender, transsexuality, ethics and pornography. Visitors are very welcome to read them, whether their interest is professional or personal.

Nature loves variety. Unfortunately, society hates it.


 Dr. Milton Diamond and Dr. Connie Brinton-Diamond  You can contact the Center's Director, Dr. Milton Diamond, by e-mail at diamond@hawaii.edu, or write to him at:

Pacific Center For Sex And Society
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
1960 East-West Road, Honolulu
Hawai‘i 96822, U.S.A.

Dr. Diamond is often contacted in regard to someone desiring his consultation for a private matter regarding a gender or other sex-related issue. Currently he only consults for organizations, governmental entities, colleagues, or the media. However, for those persons in Hawai‘i or those coming through Hawai‘i, he refers his wife Connie Brinton-Diamond, Ph.D. She is a clinical psychotherapist with many years of experience. [Phone 808-341-4346.]

Dr. Diamond's upcoming engagements

Dr. Diamond continues to be available for lectures, speeches, conferences and presentations after his retirement from the University.

News (latest first)

In June 2015 the World Association for Sexual Health awarded its prestigious Gold Medal to Dr. Diamond, presented at the WAS biennial Congress in Singapore in July 2015, when Dr. Diamond gave a Gold Medal lecture.

In September 2014 Dr. Diamond was awarded the status of Professor Emeritus by the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai'i.

In February 2014 Dr. Diamond attended the WPATH symposium in Bangkok, Thailand where he co-organised and chaired "How Young is Too Young? Clinical, Ethical and Surgical Management of the Transgender Early Adolescent".

In May 2013 he was invited to Sweden for two weeks spent lecturing to Uppsula Law School, Medical School and Members of Parliament regarding intersex and medical ethical issues.

On November 22, 2012 Dr. Diamond was invited to a Cambridge Union Society debate at the University of Cambridge, UK, to oppose the motion "That gender exists to oppress". More details, and his speech in the debate, can been seen here.

From October 8-12, 2012 he consulted for the Colombia (Latin America) legal system regarding potential changes related to sex and gender, in their official registration systems.

In January 2012 Dr. Diamond spent most of the month of January at the Osaka Prefecture University in Japan, giving lectures and individual instruction to the academic staff. See Osaka University's page on this.

Dr. Diamond was awarded the Kinsey Award for 2011 by the Midcontinent Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, “in recognition of his excellence in sexuality research and his global impact on the study and understanding of human sexuality”.

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March 2015: Change of name

The Announcements section has been renamed Items of Interest.

March 2015: Pornography and Violence in Papua New Guinea

An article by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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