Fifty-eight years ago, at APA's 1956 Annual Convention in Chicago, Evelyn Hooker presented her ground-breaking research on "normal homosexuals," debunking the popular myth that homosexual people are inherently less mentally healthy than heterosexual people. Hooker's work led to significant changes in how psychology views and treats people who are gay.

Since then, APA is proud to have been a leader in advancing a scientific perspective to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, of increasing understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity as aspects of human diversity, and of reducing stigma, prejudice, discrimination and violence toward LGBT people.

APA advances this work though the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues; and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office (LGBTCO 2013 Annual Report).

What APA Does

The articles, court briefs, policy resolutions and resources featured here attest to the scope and depth of APA's commitment to apply psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and social justice, and the promotion of equitable and just treatment and full human rights as it pertains to LGBT people through education, training and public policy. 

Evelyn Hooker

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Amicus Briefs

With its "Friend of the Court" amicus briefs, APA stays on the cutting edge of securing LGBT dignity and equality by bringing relevant scientific research to legal issues on a range of topics. 

Policy Statements

APA Policy Statements date from the first in 1975, Discrimination Against Homosexuals, to the most recent in 2011, Resolution on Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples. They have endeavored to bring the best and most current research to bear on the most significant issues and questions confronting LGBT people and society at large. 

Professional Resources & Public Education

An ongoing task at APA is to distilling the findings of research on LGBT issues and concerns and making them available to psychologists, students, and the general public.