International Network on LGBT Issues in Psychology

The International Psychology Network for LGBTI Issues (IPsyNet) was formed in 2005 and is composed of national, multinational and international psychological associations. The establishment of IPsyNet was recommended in the final report of the international meeting Sexual Orientation and Mental Health: Toward Global Perspectives on Practice and Policy (PDF, 881KB), which met in San Francisco, Calif., in 2001 and was sponsored by several national and international psychological associations. Originally called the International Network on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns & Transgender Issues in Psychology, IPsyNet changed its name in 2013 and established the following mission, vision and goals:

Mission

The mission of the International Psychology Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Issues (IPsyNet) is to facilitate and support the contributions of psychological organizations to the global understanding of human sexual and gender diversity, to the health and well-being of people around the world who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or intersex (LGBTI), and to the full enjoyment of human rights by people of all sexual orientations, gender expressions, gender identities and sex characteristics.

Vision

The vision of the International Psychology Network for LGBTI Issues is that all psychological organizations are effective leaders in ensuring that all persons fully enjoy health and human rights, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics, by incorporating the goals of celebrating and valuing the full range of human diversity, including diversity in gender, sexual orientation and sex, and into their structure, programs and activities.

Goals
  1. To increase psychological knowledge of human diversity in sexual orientation, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics;
  2. To apply psychological knowledge in support of the well-being and full enjoyment of human rights by people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics;
  3. To increase the number of psychological organizations that develop and/or disseminate and implement standards of care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or intersex people and those who may identify or express themselves in another way regarding sexual orientation and gender identity;
  4. To advance the organizational effectiveness of the network and the capacity of its members to engage with issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics around the world. 

Members of the International Network

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, USA
(202) 336-6041 Telephone
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