About the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office
The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office (LGBTCO) is to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, increase scientific understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation, and reduce stigma, prejudice, discrimination and violence toward LGBT people. The office provides (1) support and guidance to all aspects of APA governance on issues related to its mission and (2) products and services to the APA members and others seeking psychological resources to promote beneficial change in society for LGBT people.
The LGBTCO staff includes Clinton W. Anderson, PhD, Associate Executive Director, Public Interest Directorate & LGBTCO Director; and Ronald L. Schlittler, MIPP, Program Coordinator. For more information about the activities of the LGBTCO, please see the office website, contact the office via email, or telephone at (202) 336-6041.
Governance Support: Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns; APA Divisions and Affiliates
The office provides support to the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns (CLGBTC) and its subcommittees and task forces. The office also maintains liaison relationships with APA divisions and affiliated state, provincial, territorial and international psychological associations that have an interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Highlights of activities supported by the office in the past year include:
The adoption by the APA Council of Representatives of the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients (February, 2011).
Established the Joint Division 44/CLGBTC Task Force on Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients (July, 2011).
The adoption by the APA Council of Representatives of the Resolution on Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples (PDF, 72KB) (August, 2011).
The CLGBTC Dissemination and Implementation Subcommittee; Timothy R. Moragne, PsyD, member of the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Committee; and Kathleen M. Ritter, PhD; developed and piloted a workshop addressing affirmative practice with individuals experiencing conflict between their sexuality and their religion based on chapter 6 of the Report of APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. The workshop was accepted as Continuing Education programming for the 2012 APA Convention and a short version was accepted for presentation at the 30th International Congress of Psychology 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa.