Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns
The mission of the APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge on gender identity and sexual orientation to benefit society and improve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's lives.
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APA LGBT News
- "This Day in June" was chosen by Erica Anderson, one of The Advocate's "40 Under 40" honorees, as "the single most important must-read book of the last decade." "This Day in June" celebrates LGBT Pride Day in a beautifully illustrated book for children ages 4-8.
- The APA Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns presented its 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award to Charles Silverstein, PhD, and José Toro-Alfonso, PhD.
- APA's Amicus Brief is cited in United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decision striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban, stating the brief is "very persuasive" (pgs. 59-60), though deciding on different grounds, July 27, 2014 (PDF. 229KB)
- Bonnie R. Strickland, PhD, received the American Psychological Foundation 2014 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest. The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns is proud to have made the nomination. American Psychologists, July-August, 2014
- Psychology in action: My country, my closet: The role of psychology in the growing international divide over GLBTQ rights
Sharon D. Horne, PhD, discusses the relevance of psychological science to GLBTQ issues during pride month.
Psychology International, June 2014
- Who me? Marry?
Psychologists weigh in on how the changing landscape of same-sex marriage may be affecting lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals.
Monitor on Psychology®, May 2014
Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults
A new online learning tool by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living to increase awareness of the issues faced by LGBT individuals living in long term care facilities.
Protecting the Rights of Transgender Parents and their Children: A Guide for Parents and Lawyers
A Joint Publication of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Transgender Equality
Proposed declassification of disease categories related to sexual orientation in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11)
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Susan D. Cochran et al.
The Role of Help-Seeking in Preventing Suicide Attempts among Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals
By Ilan Meyer, Merilee Teylan, Sharon Schwartz
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, June 2014
Black LGBs much more than White or Latino LGBs sought treatment in religious or spiritual settings prior to a suicide attempt, and seeking help from religious or spiritual sources was associated with higher odds of a suicide attempt.