AGLP History


AGLP traces its roots to the late 1960s when gay and lesbian members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) met secretly at the annual meetings. In 1973 the APA removed homosexuality from the diagnostic manual (DSM) allowing a more open association of lesbian and gay psychiatrists, who no longer had to fear for their jobs if they were found out to be gay.  Even today, the mission of providing support and a safe space for LGBT psychiatrists to meet continues to be important to many of our members.

AGLP is an independent organization from APA, but works closely with APA through LGBT representation on the APA Assembly (the LGB Caucus of the APA).

Some of the accomplishments of AGLP’s work with APA include the removal of the diagnosis of Ego Dystonic Homosexuality from the DSM, the creation of an AIDS Committee, APA position statements in support of same-sex civil marriage, adoption by same-sex couples, and transgender access to care.

Accomplishments within AGLP also include the creation of a scientific journal (the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health), several AGLP awards, production of a documentary on sexual conversion therapies (Abomination), and the endowment of the APA Fryer Award. 

AGLP continues to work with APA and independently to support our members and advocate for our patients.