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 Jan. 24-26, 1975.

  • Child Custody or Placement
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on Sept. 2-5, 1976

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Transgender, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Non-discrimination
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    Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives on Aug. 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 Aug. 5, 2009.

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

  • Resolution on Gender and Sexual Orientation Diversity in Children and Adolescents in Schools

Advocacy letters

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

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 and 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)