Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
The mission of the APA Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity 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.
Programs and Services
APA LGBT News
The APA Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity acknowledges World Mental Health Day by highlighting the IPsyNet Statement and Commitment, representing a growing global consensus of professional authority grounded in psychological science concerning sexual and gender minority people. APA is one of 25 endorsing organizations.
Climate Guide for LGBTQ+ and Allied Students and Professionals (PDF, 512KB)
Use this 2018 second-edition guide to ask questions and gather information about the climate towards LGBTQ+ individuals in graduate programs, internships, postdocs, jobs and elsewhere.
The Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity's 2018 Outstanding Achievement Awardees are Keren Lehavot, PhD and Jae Sevelius, PhD.
APA awarded new funding for safe and supportive schools work and to support the International Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Issues.
State LGBT Advocacy Webinar: 2015-2018
The May 9, 2018 webinar explored trends in state level LGBT-related legislation, both favorable and unfavorable, and how psychologists can be valuable advocates.
Presenter slides (PDF, 1.2MB)
- APA International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia commemoration congressional briefing, "Rolling Back Progress: How Shifts in Federal Policy are Hurting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans"
Thursday, May 17, 3-4:30 p.m., Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2103.
Other News & Announcements
International Congress of Applied Psychology 2018
Montreal, Canada, June 26-30
Preaching To The Choir: An International LGBTQ Psychology Pre-Conference, June 24-25
Pre-Conference Program (PDF, 5.3MB)
Quick Reference Guide for ICAP LGBT Programming (PDF, 503KB)
$1 million federal grant will boost study of transgender kids
The Associated Press, April 12, 2018
Washington State Psychological Association's testimony supporting banning "conversion therapy", Feb 7, 2018
Lucy Homans, PhD, testifying before State House of Representatives Committee in support of a law to ban efforts to change sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Sign up for the Respect Online Course
Preventing HIV and promoting healthy outcomes among LGBTQ students
Advancing LGBTQ Equality Through Local Executive Action
With unique knowledge of the needs of their constituents, city and county executives have the power to enact policies and programs that protect LGBTQ communities, increase community engagement and open doors of opportunity.
FY 2017 Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office Annual Report (PDF, 4.2MB)
This report highlights research-related activities in sexual and gender minority health at the National Institutes of Health in FY 2017.
"Shining a Light Into the Darkness: Bisexuality and Relationships"
Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 2018, Vol. 33, Iss. 1-2
Vencill, J. A. & Israel, T.
2017 LGBT Data Overview (PDF, 9.8MB)
The Williams Institute, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Executive Branch Actions Promoting Religious Refusal Threaten LGBT Health Care Access (PDF, 1MB)
The Fenway Institute, December 2017
Yogyakarta Principles Plus 10
The Yogyakarta Principles were drafted in 2006 by human rights experts in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in response to documented human rights abuses against LGBT people worldwide. The Yogyakarta Principles Plus 10 include 9 new principles and 112 additional state obligations that address developments in international human rights law and changes in society on issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Plan for 2018-22 removes all mention of LGBT people and health needs.