About Division 44

Mission and goals

The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (SPSLGBTI) welcomes all those interested in psychological research, education, training, practice and advocacy on issues related to minority sexual orientation, gender identity and gender nonconformity; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and their allies.

SPSLGBTI respects the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming people and recognizes that multiple dimensions of diversity including but not limited to, ability, age, citizenship, class, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race and religion, affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and issues.

We support and mentor students and others interested in issues related to minority sexual orientation and gender identity and gender nonconformity. We work collaboratively with others on minority sexual orientation, gender identity and gender nonconformity concerns to advance the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming people locally, nationally and internationally.

The purpose of the organization shall be:

  • To advance the contributions of psychology as a discipline to the understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues through basic and applied research.
  • To promote education and training in matters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues including special issues associated with practice, research, education and training and the public interest.
  • To promote the development and delivery of affirmative psychological services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • To use psychological knowledge to advocate for the advancement of the public interest and the welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • To inform the general public about research, education and training, practice and advocacy on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

Our Activities

Through its various committees and task forces, events, and via the awards and honors given to outstanding contributors, Div. 44 enlarges the scope of psychology's understanding of the needs of sexual minority individuals and communities. Div. 44 works together with other groups in APA, particularly the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Concerns Office of the American Psychological Association, to advance affirmative science, practice, and public policy.

History

APA's Div. 44, founded as the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues in 1985 by a group of pioneering LGB psychologists and their allies, is psychology's focal point for research, practice, and education on the lives and realities of LGBT people. With over 1,500 members, Div. 44 represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and eleven foreign countries on every inhabited continent.

The Division has its historical material housed at the Cornell University Library. They include:

  • Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues, 1981-1998
  • Association of Gay And Lesbian Psychologists Records, 1973-1992

Material of significance to the division's history may be sent to:

Brenda J. Marston, Curator
Human Sexuality Collection and Library Women's Studies Selector
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-5302
Telephone: (607) 255-3530
Fax: (607) 255-9524