The APA Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns Office has worked since 1975 to eliminate the stigma of mental illness which has been mistakenly associated with same-sex sexual orientation and to reduce prejudice, discrimination, and violence against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. Major functions of the office include support to APA's Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns; liaison with the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues (APA Division 44) and with other APA groups that have an interest in lesbian, gay, and bisexual concerns; policy analysis, development, and advocacy for APA policy; technical assistance, information, and referral to APA members, other professionals, policymakers, the media, and the public; and development and dissemination of publications and other information on lesbian, gay and bisexual concerns in psychology.
The Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns Office is housed within the Public Interest Directorate, which works to advance psychology as a means of promoting human welfare. Other programs within the Public Interest Directorate work on issues related to AIDS; adolescent health; aging; children, youth and families; disability; ethnic minorities; urban issues; violence; women; and workplace health.
Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Summary of Research Findings
Because many beliefs about lesbian and gay parents and their children are open to empirical testing, psychological research can evaluate their accuracy.
Systematic research comparing lesbian and gay adults to heterosexual adults began in the late 1950s,
and research comparing children of lesbian and gay parents with those of heterosexual parents is of a
more recent vintage. Research on lesbian and gay adults began with Evelyn Hooker's landmark study
(1957), resulted in the declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1973. Case reports on children of lesbian and gay parents began to appear in the psychiatric literature in the early