International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) Commemoration and Call to Action

On May 17, 1990, the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization approved the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD 10), which no longer listed homosexuality as a diagnosis. Launched in 2004, the IDAHOT commemorating that day has become a global occasion to educate about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and to advocate for sensible public policies regarding LGBT people.

The observance has caught on widely as an international opportunity for individuals, groups and organizations anywhere to do anything they wish to mark the day. The IDAHOT website features numerous action ideas and reports detailing the wide range of activities planned for this year and from years past.  

IDAHOT Theme for 2018: Alliances for Solidarity 

APA Co-Sponsored Congressional Briefing

Each year has a different theme. The theme for 2018 was Alliances for Solidarity, to recognize that progress on LGBT issues requires building and sustaining partnerships. 

To mark the day this year, APA partnered with the Center for American Progress and the Fenway Institute to conduct a public Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill titled Rolling Back Progress: How Shifts in Federal Policy are Hurting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans (PDF, 187KB), which was led by Clinton W. Anderson, interim executive director for the Public Interest Directorate and director of the Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. 

Speakers focused on three main areas by first reviewing the current political landscape, including supportive and discriminatory bills and actions emanating from Executive Branch Agencies, with a focus on civil rights and data collection. After, they explained psychological and public health evidence on the harmful physical and mental health effects of discriminatory policies and the protective effects of supportive policies. And finally, they suggested specific policy recommendations to limit stigma and benefit the health of sexual and gender minorities. 


In keeping with this year’s theme, this section highlights work in which APA has been involved to produce resources that are the result of partnering with other psychological and non-governmental organizations, both domestically and internationally. 

APA Guidelines Translated Into Other Languages 


Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients (PDF, 1.5MB) Oriental Insight, 2017 


Útmutató a meleg, leszbikus, biszexuális, transznemű és gender-nonkonform kliensekkel folytatott pszichológiai munkához
Magyar Pszichológiai Társaság / Hungarian Psychological Association, Budapest, 2016 


Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients - Arabic  (PDF, 618KB) 
The Lebanese Psychological Association, April 2018 


Transgender ve Toplumsal Cinsiyete Uymayan Kişilerde Psikolojik Uygulamalar Kılavuzu
Pembe Hayat LGBTT Dayanışma Derneği / Kaos GL Derneği / Cinsel Eğitim, Tedavi ve Araştırma Derneği, 2017 

Additionally, APA is a member of the International Psychology Network for LGBTI Issues. In the context of that partnership, in April 2018, the Psychological Society of South Africa published the "Practice Guidelines For Psychology Professionals Working With Sexually And Gender-Diverse People".

Respect Workshop and Toolbox to Promote Healthy LGBT Youth 
The Respect Workshop is designed to help school professionals assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students in coping with their distinctive challenges, promote safe school environments that nurture healthy and successful students, and motivate all students to prevent HIV, STIs and pregnancy. 

The Toolbox to Promote Healthy LGBT Youth includes supplemental resources to help school professionals support LGBTQ students. Organizations with which APA partnered to develop this resource were the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the School Social Work Association of America.

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.

What Can Psychologists Do?

IDAHOT creates a valuable opportunity for psychologists to engage in public education activities. The APA's Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity offers a range of resources from informational brochures to APA policy statements to comprehensive reports that can be used to support your efforts. These resources can be used not only on May 17, but year-round. Please let the Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity know of activities you decide to undertake and contact the office if you have questions or need technical assistance. APA resources include the following:

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