Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Psychology Section

Chair: Dr. Karen Blair



This Section will advance knowledge and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans, heterosexual and queer issues in psychology and allied disciplines. Topics that fall within the remit of this Section include: sexual identities and practices, trans/gender identities and practices, relationships, families, LGBTQ studies, queer theory, counseling/psychotherapy that promotes healthy sexualities and genders, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, health, body image, media, violence, intergroup relations, the intersection of sexualities, genders and other important demographic characteristics/lines of power (e.g. class, disability, race/ethnicity, age, religion). Please note that a strongly non-pathologizing stance will be taken whilst remaining inclusive of the variety of positions in the field and encouraging vigorous debate. Research that treats sexuality as pathology or in need of treatment and cure; research that is forensic in nature (e.g., research on child sexual victimization or pedophilia); and research that focuses on sexual dysfunction fall outside the remit of the Section. GIVEN THIS MANDATE, WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE INDIVIDUALS, CONDUCTING SEXUALITY AND GENDER RESEARCH THAT FALLS INTO THE AFOREMENTIONED CATEGORIES, TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY SOGI (e.g., POSTER AND PAPER PRESENTATIONS AT THE ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION).

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