In Case You Missed It

Stereotypes Affecting Women of Color, “Contagious” Gun Violence, Fighting Poverty – In Case You Missed It – July 7, 2015

Welcome back to In Case You Missed It (our weekly roundup of articles touching on psychology, health, mental health and social justice issues from multiple news and commentary websites). This week, we address the impact of stereotypes on women of color, new research indicating that gun violence may be “contagious”, how psychologists are addressing the impact of poverty on […]

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Why We Still Need ENDA for Full Protection of LGBT Workers

By Leo Rennie (Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office) On June 16, the White House announced that President Barack Obama intends to sign an executive order banning employment discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Center for American Progress offers a comprehensive […]

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When Policy Gets Under the Skin (In a Good Way): The Case of LGBT Health

By Caroline Fitz, MPhil (Graduate Student Intern, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office) In what percentage of states do you think it’s legal to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the workforce: 20%, 40%, 60%? If you guessed 60%, you’re right. In 29 and 33 states, respectively, employers can fire you for […]

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Why ENDA Should Matter to Psychologists

By J. Judd Harbin, PhD (Arkansas) and Melissa J. Grey, PhD (Michigan), APA Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) Public Policy Committee Members Working matters. In his classic 1974 work titled Working, Studs Terkel observed that, despite the stresses of one’s job duties, working provides a person […]

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Isn’t It Time LGBT Individuals Were Federally Protected from Discrimination?

By Micah Haskell-Hoehl & Leo Rennie (Public Interest Government Relations Office) Pop quiz – how many states legally allow employers to fire or withhold an offer of employment based on an individual’s gender identity? 34. How about based on an individual’s sexual orientation? 29. The news isn’t much better on the school front.  Only 15 […]