18-20, 2011, and replace the original Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients adopted by the Council, Feb. Each of the 21 new guidelines provide an update of the psychological literature supporting them, include a section on "Rationale" and "Application," and expand upon the original guidelines to provide assistance to psychologists in areas such as religion and spirituality, the differentiation of gender identity and sexual orientation, socioeconomic and workplace issues, and the use and dissemination of research on LGB issues.The guidelines are intended to inform the practice of psychologists and to provide information for the education and training of psychologists regarding LGB issues.Lesbians have had many different kinds of symbolism in our history (and, truly, the word “lesbian” being used to define a woman who has same-sex relationships only came into regular use in the 1950s.Based on lady-loving poet Sappho’s home on The Isle of Lesbos, the term “lesbian” was used to describe gay women, and most often, an insult.But activists and Daughters of Bilitis founders Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin began using the word to describe themselves and others like them, which then traveled around the U. in their newsletter-turned-magazine, Other early symbols of lesbianism included a labrys, an axe-like weapon that was created to be used in combat.It became a part of lesbian and feminist imagery based on its use by Grecian amazons (women warriors) who were seen as “anti-male.” In a Rachel E.
These practice guidelines are built upon the (Division 44/Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Joint Task Force on Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients, 2000) and are consistent with the American Psychological Association (APA) refers to pronouncements, statements, or declarations that suggest or recommend specific professional behavior, endeavors, or conduct for psychologists.The following links go to the page that includes the particular section, guideline or accompanying document: Introduction Attitudes Toward Homosexuality and Bisexuality Guideline 1.Psychologists strive to understand the effects of stigma (i.e., prejudice, discrimination, and violence) and its various contextual manifestations in the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. Psychologists understand that lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientations are not mental illnesses. Psychologists understand that same-sex attractions, feelings, and behavior are normal variants of human sexuality and that efforts to change sexual orientation have not been shown to be effective or safe. Psychologists are encouraged to recognize how their attitudes and knowledge about lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues may be relevant to assessment and treatment and seek consultation or make appropriate referrals when indicated. Psychologists strive to recognize the unique experiences of bisexual individuals. Psychologists strive to distinguish issues of sexual orientation from those of gender identity when working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Psychologists strive to be knowledgeable about and respect the importance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual relationships. Psychologists strive to understand the experiences and challenges faced by lesbian, gay, and bisexual parents. Psychologists recognize that the families of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people may include people who are not legally or biologically related. Psychologists strive to understand the ways in which a person's lesbian, gay, or bisexual orientation may have an impact on his or her family of origin and the relationship with that family of origin. Psychologists strive to recognize the challenges related to multiple and often conflicting norms, values, and beliefs faced by lesbian, gay, and bisexual members of racial and ethnic minority groups. Psychologists are encouraged to consider the influences of religion and spirituality in the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons. Psychologists strive to recognize cohort and age differences among lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Psychologists strive to understand the unique problems and risks that exist for lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth. Psychologists are encouraged to recognize the particular challenges that lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals with physical, sensory, and cognitive-emotional disabilities experience. Psychologists strive to understand the impact of HIV/AIDS on the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals and communities. Psychologists are encouraged to consider the impact of socioeconomic status on the psychological well being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Psychologists strive to understand the unique workplace issues that exist for lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Psychologists strive to include lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues in professional education and training. Psychologists are encouraged to increase their knowledge and understanding of homosexuality and bisexuality through continuing education, training, supervision, and consultation. In the use and dissemination of research on sexual orientation and related issues, psychologists strive to represent results fully and accurately and to be mindful of the potential misuse or misrepresentation of research findings.Poulson writes that, “although no essential connection exists between Amazons and homosexuality, members of the lesbian community valued the example of Amazons as strong, brave, women-identified women and claimed these qualities as part of their heritage.”In 1999, a gay male graphic designer named Sean Campbell created a flag for Lesbian/Labrys Pride.According to The Queerstory Files, Sean was working on a special Pride edition of the and created “rather than hunt around getting copyright clearance for photos and images Sean came up with the imaginative idea of designing flags for various sections of the lgbt community.” The flag has made a little traction on the internet, but has never been widely recognized as one for the lesbian community.