Department of Defense Policy on Sexual Orientation and Advertising in APA Publications
Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on August 18, 1991. Superseded by Sexual Orientation & Military Service adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on July 28 & 30, 2004.
WHEREAS the American Psychological Association (APA) deplores discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and
WHEREAS APA will not let its publications, as advertising media, be used by others in support of discriminatory employment practices; and
WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) maintains a policy that homosexual orientation is 'incompatible with military service'; and
WHEREAS the DoD will not knowingly admit bisexual, lesbian or gay individuals to military service, including research and clinical internship programs in psychology; and
WHEREAS an average of 1,500 men and women are unfairly discharged from military service each year because their sexual orientation becomes known;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the APA opposes the DoD policy which finds homosexual orientation 'incompatible with military service'; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that APA take a leadership role among national organizations in seeking to change this discriminatory DoD policy; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that APA will not permit its publications, as advertising media, to be used by the DoD after December 31, 1992, unless the DoD policy that homosexual orientation 'is incompatible with military service' has been rescinded by that date.
Please cite this archived policy statement as: Fox, R.E. (1992). Proceedings of the American Psychological Association, Incorporated, for the year 1991: Minutes of the annual meeting of the Council of Representatives. American Psychologist, 47, 893-934.