What is it about?

At this time, LGBTI concerns are represented in professional psychology organizations in all major regions of the world. This article describes the development of sexual orientation and gender identity foci in several countries: Colombia, the Philippines, Russia and South Africa, and compares with the trajectory of European-Western LGBTI concerns.

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Why is it important?

Vast differences in the supports for LGBTI concerns exist across the world. This article draws attention to successful integration of LGBTI concerns within psychology in diverse regions of the globe, and provides an overview of the state of LGBTI issues in professional organizations. It discusses the important role of the International Psychology Network for LGBTI Issues (IPsyNet) in supporting the development of LGBTI concerns on a transnational level.


At no time in history has the treatment of LGBTI concerns diverged so widely--in some countries, LGBTI individuals enjoy a full range of rights, including to employment, housing, mental and physical health care, and marriage and adoption ; in other countries, same-sex sexuality is criminalized, and LGBTI people are at grave risk. This article describes several models of advocacy and activism on behalf of LGBTI people within professional psychology in countries with varied records on LGBTI concerns, and makes a case for the importance of a network of professional organizations (e.g., IPsyNet) to unify advocacy efforts on behalf of LGBTI concerns.

Sharon Horne
University of Massachusetts Boston

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This page is a summary of: Emergence of a transnational LGBTI psychology: Commonalities and challenges in advocacy and activism., American Psychologist, November 2019, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/amp0000561.
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