Recognizing the very important role that family plays in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, a number of psychologists have formed AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Family. The American Psychological Association (APA) has been a strong advocate for LGBT concerns, and many of its members have been personally supportive of their LGBT children and other family. However, there has not been a formal network among psychologists who support their LGBT family members. AFFIRM fills this role.

The AFFIRM network not only provides open support for our own family members, but also supports clinical and research work on LGBT issues within psychology and encourages sensitivity to the role of sexual orientation in all clinical and research work. Although much has been written within psychology about LGBT issues, this literature has tended to remain invisible to the mainstream profession. AFFIRM hopes to close this gap. The APA has provided support for our efforts to incorporate LGBT issues into mainstream psychology by means of an interdivisional grant. Some AFFIRM members also work with LGBT advocacy groups to provide public education information.


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AFFIRM Network, c/o Marvin Goldfried | Psychology Department, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2500 | marvin.goldfried
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