The APAGS Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns (APAGS-CLGBTC) works on behalf of the community of LGBT graduate students in psychology and their allies nationwide. The committee provides education, advocacy and personal and professional development opportunities to ensure the successful graduate experience of LGBT and allied students. The committee aspires to build, strengthen and empower its members through the use of innovative technologies, collaborative advocacy and inclusive practice.
Graduate Student Mentoring Program
APAGS-CLGBTC offers a year-long mentoring program for LGBT graduate students in psychology. Applications for mentors and mentees are due by March 1 and the pairs are formed by April 1 of each year. Learn more about the Mentoring Program and download an application.
Training Videos on Gender and Sexual Minority Issues
APAGS produces short training videos on topics that frequently arise for graduate students related to LGBT topics. These videos, generally less than 10 minutes each, offer evidence-based tips and peer-to-peer suggestions for dealing with difficult subjects and increasing one's cultural competency related to gender and sexual minority concerns. APAGS encourages open sharing and use of these videos in order to support the prosessional development of LGBT graduate students and allies.
APAGS-CLGBTC Climate Guide for LGBT and Allied Students and Professionals
APAGS-CLGBTC developed the APAGS-CLGBTC Climate Guide (PDF, 229KB) to help students and professionals assess the climate towards LGBT individuals at an institution. Use this guide to ask questions and gather information as you consider attending a graduate school or postdoc, applying for internship or starting your first job. In addition to this resource, APAGS would like to direct your attention to survey results from the APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office, which periodically collects climate and related data from faculty in graduate training programs.
APAGS Resource Guide for LGBT Students in Psychology
APAGS-CLGBTC created the Resource Guide for LGBT Students in Psychology in 2006 to serve as a manual to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students navigate the complex issues faced as graduate students. Divided into 12 themed chapters, the guide is filled with suggestions, advice and support from a variety of LGBT psychology graduate students. Now, for the first time since its publication, it is available for free to graduate students.
Join our Discussion Group
We invite all APAGS members to contribute to the APAGSLGBT email group, where broad discussions and announcements around sexual orientation and gender identity concerns in graduate school take place in a supportive environment. Send an email to the Listserv® with a blank subject. In the body, write "SUBSCRIBE APAGSLGBT <firstname> <lastname>". Read the details and Listserv policies.
Grants and Awards
APAGS-CLGBTC awards a grant for a project that promotes training and educational experiences in LGBT practice as well as a grant that awards outstanding dissertation research in the area of LGBT concerns.
Chair: Jennifer Vencill (2012-2014)
Texas Tech University, Texas
Julia Benjamin (2012-2014)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wis.
Skyler Jackson (2012-2014)
University of Maryland-College Park, Md.
Louren Reed (2012-2013)
University of Southern Mississippi, Miss.
Eric A. Samuels (2012-2014)
The Wright Institute, Calif.
Esther Tebbe (2011-2013)
University of Florida, Fla.
Patrick J.S. Waring (2012-2013)
Ball State University, Ind.