Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

The Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (formerly the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns) mission is to:

  • Study and evaluate on an ongoing basis how the issues and concerns of sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer [LGBTQ]) psychologists can best be dealt with.

  • Encourage objective and unbiased research in areas relevant to sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., LBGTQ) adults and youths and the social impact of such research.

  • Examine the consequences of inaccurate information and stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., LBGTQ) adults and youth in clinical practice.

  • Develop educational materials for distribution to psychologists and others.

  • Make recommendations regarding the integration of these issues into the APA's activities to further the cause of human rights of sexual orientation and gender diverse (e.g., LBGTQ) individuals and communities.

Staff Liaisons

Members

  • 2015 Chair: Sand Chang, PhD (2013-15) 
  • Ruth E. Fassinger, PhD (2013-15) 
  • Tania Israel, PhD (2014-16) 
  • Mark Brennan-Ing PhD (2014-16)
  • Kimber Shelton, PhD (2015-17) 
  • Seth T. Pardo, PhD (2015-17)

Task Forces & Working Groups

Working Group on Revising and Updating the 1993 APA Resolution on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in Schools

In January, 2013, the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity established a working group to revise and update the 1993 APA Resolution on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in Schools in collaboration with the Committee on Children, Youth and Families, Div. 44's Youth and Families Committee, Div. 16 and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Task Force on Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients

Call for Nominations

Committee Annual Reports