APA has made a significant contribution to the understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people since first dedicating staff time to these populations in 1987. Over the years, APA has produced many resources to educate the public, support the work of psychologists and inform public policy about LGBTI people and their lives and health needs. This page provides many of those resources, organized by the primary audiences for which they are intended.

Addressing Bias and Discrimination
Education
Students of Psychology
  • APAGS Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
    The APAGS Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APAGS-CSOGD) works on behalf of the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender graduate students in psychology and their allies nationwide. The committee provides education, advocacy and personal and professional development opportunities to ensure the successful graduate experience of LGBT and allied students. The committee aspires to build, strengthen and empower its members through the use of innovative technologies, collaborative advocacy and inclusive practice.

  • Graduate Students in Psychology
    A selection of tools, resources and scholarship and grant opportunities for graduate students in psychology.

  • Making a Doctoral Program Lesbian & Bisexual Friendly/Welcoming
    These suggestions create an open and supportive environment for all students, both LGBT and heterosexual.

  • Research Support and Awards 
    APA and non-APA opportunities.

Schools
  • The Psychology of Sexual Orientation (PDF, 212KB): A Modular Lesson Plan/Teaching Resource for High School Psychology Teachers

  • 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.

College
General Audience Resources
History
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.

Policy and Advocacy
Psychological Practice
Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People
  • English (PDF, 616KB)
    APA council adopted new guidelines, Aug. 5-7, 2015.

  • Italian

  • Portuguese (PDF, 816KB)

  • Turkish (PDF, 7.7MB)

  • Applying the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People in Everyday Practice
    The March 29, 2018, webinar presented by Sand Chang, PhD, describes the rationale for the guidelines, lists applications of the guidelines and discusses how to utilize related clinical skills.
    Webinar recording | Presentation (PDF, 1MB) 
Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Clients
  • Hungarian  
    Includes a translation of both the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Clients and the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People.

  • Arabic (PDF, 618KB)

  • English  
    Approved as APA Policy by the Council of Representatives, Feb. 18-20, 2011.

  • Simplified Chinese (PDF, 1.6MB)

  • Spanish (PDF, 781KB)

Report of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation
  • English 
    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.

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