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IUPsyS Initiates Policy Development for Sexual Identity Inclusion and Sets Expectations for LGBT Inclusion in Capetown 2012
By Clinton W. Anderson, PhD
The International Union of Psychological Science in a January 2009 letter to the United States National Committee for Psychology has announced two actions related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) concerns in psychology. First, IUPsyS reiterated its expectations that the 2012 International Congress of Psychology in Capetown will include LGBT issues in the scientific program and will assist members of the International Network for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns and Transgender Issues in Psychology to meet at the Congress.
This formal announcement of these expectations is fully consistent with commitments already stated by the 2012 ICP organizing committee, but a formal action by the IUPsyS is likely to encourage the submission of LGBT-related program proposals. This builds on the great success during the 2008 ICP, including the addition of program index terms for LGBT issues.
Second, the IUPsyS will bring development of a policy on free circulation of scientists that includes sexual identity to its Executive Committee agenda for the August 2009 meeting. The IUPsyS indicated that its own development of such a policy was a prerequisite to its advocating that the International Council of Science amend its policy to include sexual identity. The policy development process will begin at the 2009 Executive Committee meeting and continue at the 2012 Assembly meetings in Melbourne, Australia. The IUPsyS policy development actions were initiated in response to a request from its National Member, the United States National Committee for Psychology that was responding to a request from the American Psychological Association. Ψ