In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It – March 13, 2015

Welcome to In Case You Missed It, a weekly roundup of news articles related to issues of psychology, health and mental health, social justice and the public interest that you may be interested in. This week, we have stories including what the Oklahoma University SAE fraternity scandal tells us about Americans’ understanding of racism, new research on teen […]

Transparent Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman

Invisibility Squared: The Challenges of Living as a Transgender Older Adult

By Tarynn Witten, PhD, LCSW (Member, APA Division 44*) & Brian Carpenter, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Aging) The award-winning Amazon Studios series, Transparent, highlights one of the most invisible of invisible groups – transgender older adults. The lead character, Maura Pfefferman (born Mort Pfefferman), has lived most of her life as a man and […]

How One Little Brother Became a HERO to His Transgender Sister

By Bob McLaughlin, PhD, Becca Keo-Meier, Colt Keo-Meier, PhD, and Robbie Sharp, PhD  (APA Members and Founders of Gender Infinity) Joaquin may only be 8 but he had a death grip on the microphone, a message, and a mission. He told Houston’s Mayor and the packed city council chambers that he cared about his sister so […]

Cruel and (Un)usual Punishment: The Treatment of Transgender Prisoners

By Sabrina Cox, MA, LMSW Zahara Green is a 25-year-old transgender woman who was placed in an all-male prison in May 2012. According to Green, she was targeted by another inmate, Darryl Ricard, immediately upon entering general population at Rogers State Prison in Georgia. Ricard was serving a life sentence for aggravated child molestation, rape, […]

Stonewall Uprising protesters

Beyond Stonewall: 6 Challenges Ahead in the Struggle for LGBT Rights

By Efua Andoh (PI Communications Staff) and Ron Schlittler, MIPP (Program Coordinator, APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office) Forty five years ago on June 28, 1969, the gay community in Greenwich Village in New York City spontaneously protested against routine police harassment and intimidation in what became known as the Stonewall Uprising. Their […]

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4 Key Ways APA Supports the LGBT Community: Happy Pride Month!

By Clinton Anderson, PhD (Director, APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office) When one has worked on anything for as long as I have worked on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues for the American Psychological Association—26 years in August—I think it is helpful to remember some history.  It has been 40 years since […]