APA advocates for federal policies and programs that ensure all Americans are treated fairly under the law. We particularly focus on issues affecting marginalized communities, such as sexual and gender minorities, women, ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.
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Highlights of APA Advocacy Related to Civil Rights
APA Co-Sponsored Congressional Briefing Related to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
On May 17, 2018, APA hosted a congressional briefing to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. The briefing was co-hosted with the Center for American Progress and the Fenway Institute, and organized with the help of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. Speakers were all psychologists, including Sean Cahill, PhD, Colt Keo-Meyer, PhD, Laura Durso, PhD, Margaret Rosario, PhD, and moderator Clinton Anderson, PhD, interim executive director of APA’s Public Interest Directorate.
The panelists reviewed the current political landscape impacting sexual and gender minorities, explained psychological and public health evidence of both the harmful health effects of discriminatory policies and the protective effects of supportive policies, and suggested specific policy recommendations. A newly released issue brief, Public Policies, Prejudice, and Sexual and Gender Minority Health (PDF, 2.72MB) summarizes policy developments within the past year and describes legislative, administrative and regulatory solutions.
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APA represents the largest and most visible national presence advocating for psychology at the federal level. There are three APA government relations offices and two APA-affiliated organizations that engage in government relations activities.