LGBTCO to participate in 30th International Congress of Psychology 2012

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office (LGBTCO) is pleased to report that abstracts for one symposium and four individual papers submitted by the LGBTCO and APA representatives to the International Network for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns and Transgender Issues in Psychology (International Network) were accepted for presentation at the 30th International Congress of Psychology 2012, which will be in Cape Town, South Africa, July 22-27, 2012. 

The symposium is titled Perspectives on Guidelines for LGBTI-Affirmative Practice: Global and Local Experience.  It will follow a preconference session on the same topic; however, the preconference session will focus on initiating a process for developing practice guidelines for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the African context. 

The individual papers accepted are: 

  • Psychology and the Human Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Science: Report from an Interdisciplinary Focus Group Study, 

  • Facilitating Intergroup Contact to Reduce Sexual Prejudice: A Contact Hypothesis Intervention, 

  • Conflicts between Same-sex Sexual Orientation and Religion: A Framework for Affirmative Psychotherapy, and 

  • The Mental Health Implications of Anti-LGBTI Policies: Global Perspectives.

The LGBTCO serves as secretariat to the International Network. In that role, the office will also be promoting and supporting other LGBTI-related programming by representative to the International Network from other psychological associations around the world, as well as coordinating meetings for and hosted by the International Network during the congress.