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Definition of Terms: Sex, Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation (PDF, 117KB)
Taken from the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with LGB Clients
Public Information Brochures: Sexual Orientation/Homosexuality, Transgender/Gender Identity, Intersex Conditions
A series of brochure from the Office of Public Communication, in collaboration with the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns (CLBGTC), answering basic questions and listing some additional resources.
History of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Social Movements
This essay was written as an appendix for a lesson plan for high school psychology teachers called The Psychology of Sexual Orientation: a modular lesson plan/teaching resource for high school psychology teachers (PDF, 212KB) (login required).
Reducing Sexual Prejudice: The Role of Coming Out
Psychological research has concluded that active sharing by LGBT people of what their lives are like with people they know — whether in their families, communities or workplaces and schools — is very likely to reduce others' prejudice against LGBT people and increase their support for social and political equality.
Report by the Task Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance
A 6 member task force reviewed the scientific literature and APA policies regarding transgender issues, then developed recommendations for education, professional training and further research into transgenderism, and proposed how APA can best meet the needs of psychologists and students who identify as transgender or gender-variant.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
Information and resources from both government agencies and the non-profit health care community to address a range of LGBT health related topics.
Fact Sheet: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons & Socioeconomic Status
Why individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are especially susceptible to being placed at a socioeconomic disadvantage.
Communiqué — Psychological Perspectives on Sexual Orientation in Communities of Color (PDF, 5MB)
A special edition of Communiqué from the APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs, July 2007.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns and International Psychology
Resources for international LGBT human rights advocacy, including civil societies and the International Network on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns and Transgender Issues in Psychology.
Policy Statements & Amicus Briefs
Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Clients
Approved as APA Policy by the Council of Representatives, Feb. 18-20, 2011.
Report of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation
A six-member task force conducted a systematic review of the peer-reviewed journal literature on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE). They concluded that such efforts are unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm, contrary to claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates.
Practitioner Resources and Publications
A selection of tools and resources of particular interest to providers of psychological services.
Issues in Psychotherapy with Lesbians and Gay Men: A Survey of Psychologists
Reprint: Garnets, L., Hancock, K.A., Cochran, S. D., Goodchilds, J., and Peplau, L.A. (1991). Issues in psychotherapy with lesbians and gay men: A survey of psychologists. American Psychologist 964-972. , 46, ®
Promoting Good Practices for Mental Health Facilities in Working with LGBT Clients with Serious Mental Illnesses
Personnel who serve people with serious mental illness face important challenges in addressing the needs of LGBT clients. Education
Students of Psychology
Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation and Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators and School Personnel ( Español)
The information in this booklet has been developed by a coalition of education, health, mental health and religious organizations that share a concern for the health and education of all students in schools, including lesbian, gay and bisexual students, and believe that all students should have an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment.
Facing the school dropout dilemma
APA has a longstanding commitment to school dropout prevention as is evident from its 1996 resolution on the topic. This article seeks to complement and supplement the resolution with data from more recent research on child development, early childhood education and social and emotional learning that helps to define the school dropout dilemma. Marriage and Families
Lesbian and Gay Parenting
Includes a summary of research findings on lesbian mothers, gay fathers and their children; an annotated bibliography of the published psychological literature; and additional resources relevant to lesbian and gay parenting.
Marriage and Family Issues for LGBT People
APA resources, resolutions and amicus briefs addressing parenting and family issues for LGBT people. Addressing Bias & Discrimination
Avoiding Heterosexual Bias in Language
Reprint: Committee on Lesbian and Gay Concerns. (1991). Avoiding heterosexual bias in language. American Psychologist , 46, 973-974.
Avoiding Heterosexist Bias in Psychological Research
Reprint: Herek, G.M., Kimmel, D.C., Amaro, H., & Melton, G.B. (1991). Avoiding heterosexist bias in psychological research. American Psychologist, 46(9), 957-963.
Examining the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) From the Scientists' Perspective. Considers the social science research relevant to arguments that have been offered for and against ENDA.
Hate Crimes Today: An Age-Old Foe in Modern Dress
Answers to frequently asked questions about hate crimes and and information about the nature of extreme prejudice. An APA position paper, 1998
Sexual Orientation and Military Service
An overview of APA involvement in the efforts to lift the ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military.
A Selected Bibliography of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns in Psychology: An Affirmative Perspective
Prepared by the Committee on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns, under the leadership of CLGBC member Michael R. Stevenson, PhD, 1998.