2013 CLGBTC Annual Report

2013 Members

  • 2013 Co-chair: Angela D. Ferguson, PhD (2011-13)
  • 2013 Co-chair: Parrish L. Paul, PhD (2011-13)
  • Sand Chang, PhD (2013-15)
  • Ruth E. Fassinger, PhD (2013-15)
  • Helen Hsu, PsyD (2012-14)
  • Jose Miranda, PsyD (2012-14)

Diversity Report

The 2013 Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns (CLGBTC) includes two members identifying as lesbians, two members identifying as gay men, one member identifying as an ally and one member identifies as queer and genderqueer. One of the members is a senior psychologist, one member is a mid-career psychologist and four members are early career psychologists. One member identifies as African-American, two as Asian-American, two as European-American and one member identifies as Latino.

While the committee recognized that the description of committee members has been a standard practice, it also recognized that these labels may not be a true representation of members' identities. The committee has begun a discussion of the relevance, importance and impact of the way "diversity" is defined and described.

Committee Procedures

The committee continued with its two formerly established subcommittees, (1) Dissemination and Implementation and (2) Science, as a means to monitor and achieve tasks on the committee's agenda. The committee also decided to appoint a conceptualizing and planning subcommittee to can better assess what issues it takes on, how to best direct topical information to appropriate committee members and facilitate committee item and monitoring assignments. The committee will return to a single chair, rather than a co-chair model. The committee decided to continue a practice of intentionally discussing diversity implications, considerations and/or opportunities related to all committee agenda items. The committee has also continued a practice of self-introductions in which all attendees and visitors acknowledge their gender pronoun preference. The committee decided to begin monthly phone calls as a means of completing agenda tasks and to create opportunities for discussion of agenda items. Finally, the committee is beginning conversations about the composition of the committee and considering if the current guidelines for composition could be more meaningfully inclusive in terms of diversity.

2013 CLGBTC Outstanding Achievement Award

The CLGBTC Outstanding Achievement Awards was presented to Maria Cecilia Zea, PhD.

2013 Convention Activities

The committee participated in an informational meeting with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students during the APA convention in Honolulu. Members present discussed opportunities for increased collaboration.

Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender Clients

The committee established a joint task force with Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) to develop guidelines for psychological practice with transgender clients. Co-chairs for the task force are Anneliese Singh and lore m. dickey, and the other members are Walter O. Bockting, Sand Chang, Kelly Ducheny, Laura Edwards-Leeper, Randal D. Ehrbar, Max Fuhrmann, Michael L. Hendricks and Ellen Magalhaes. The governance review of the guidelines is expected to begin in 2014.

Advocacy for Transgender Inclusion in APA Governance

Fassinger, Chang and Miranda agreed to serve on the APA president-elect's committee to develop the APA governance diversity training on transgender and gender non-conforming people for 2014. Chang agreed to develop a document with recommendations to the diversity training committee's chair, Louise Douce, PhD.

Dissemination and Implementation

The committee presented a roundtable discussion at the 2013 National Multicultural Summit entitled, "Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation: Discussion on Practice, Research and Teaching." This presentation was aimed at disseminating information presented in the Report of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. Additionally, the committee discussed a range of ideas to disseminate LGBT research more prominently and widely in the field such as:

  • Provide journal editors with a list of reviewers with LGBTQ expertise.
  • Develop a special issue of Professional Psychology and/or Journal of Counseling Psychology on LGBTQ issues.
  • Publish articles in Teaching of Psychology on pedagogy related to LGBTQ issues.

Publications

The public general informational brochure "Answers to Your Questions About Transgender People, Gender Identity and Gender Expression" has been translated into Spanish and is available online and hard copy. The committee recommended that the updated and revised APA Resolution on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in Schools is forwarded to Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) when the working group for that document has completed their work. The committee is initiating processes with other groups and committees to revise the public information brochure "Answers to Your Questions About Individuals with Intersex Conditions" and the booklet "Lesbian and Gay Parenting."

Public Policy Initiatives Regarding Health Care Providers and Trainees Who Refuse to Provide Services to Certain Individuals or Groups Because of Religious Beliefs

The committee has received reports on public policy initiatives to allow students in graduate education to opt out of training for professional competencies that the student feels to be in conflict with their values. The committee has reviewed APA's response to these efforts and in an effort to ensure that the association can best work together on these concerns, the committee has discussed this issue with invited guests representing APA leadership and governance. When becoming aware that similar public policy issues have been discussed as related to the work of licensed professionals, the committee asked BAPPI to ensure that the Board of Professional Affairs is aware of and monitoring these concerns. In all its efforts, the committee has expressed its views and concerns, has asked for thoughts about how the committee can help to address this matter, and has offered to help consider ways to coordinate responses from the association to these concerns.