APA Policy Statements on LGBT Concerns

Booklet of All Current APA Policy Statements on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns (PDF, 628KB)

  • Discrimination Against Homosexuals
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on January 24-26, 1975.

  • Child Custody or Placement
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on September 2 & 5, 1976

  • Employment Rights of Gay Teachers
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on January 23-25, 1981.

  • Hate Crimes
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on February 5-7, 1988, revised February 18-20, 2005.

  • Use of Diagnoses "Homosexuality" & "Ego-dystonic Homosexuality"
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on August 27 & 30, 1987.

  • Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Youths in the Schools
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on February 28, 1993.

  • Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on August 14, 1997.

  • Sexual Orientation & Marriage
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on July 28 & 30, 2004.

  • Sexual Orientation & Military Service
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on July 28 & 30, 2004.

  • Sexual Orientation, Parents & Children
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on July 28 & 30, 2004.

  • Opposing Discriminatory Legislation & Initiatives Aimed at Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Persons
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on February 16-18, 2007.

  • Transgender, Gender Identity & Gender Expression Non-discrimination
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on August 13-14, 2008.

  • Appropriate Affirmative Responses to Sexual Orientation Distress and Change Efforts
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on August 5, 2009.

  • Resolution on Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on August 3-5, 2011.

Advocacy letters

Letters sent from the American Psychological Association (APA) advocating on behalf of lesbian, gay, & bisexual concerns.

APA letter to members of Congress encouraging support of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (5/10) (PDF, 62KB)

APA letter to Defense Secretary Gates supporting changes to implementation of the Department of Defense policy concerning homosexuality (4/10) (PDF, 62KB)

Letters sent to the National Institutes of Health supporting lesbian, gay, & bisexual research. (5/04)

Statement on sexual orientation and human rights, submitted by APA, to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. (3/04) (PDF, 881KB)

Letter from APA to Secretary of State Colin Powell requesting that the United States support action in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to support human rights for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. (3/04) (PDF, 417KB)