Committee Chair

Christopher McIntosh

Working with SPLC on a short educational video about sexual conversion therapy. It is targeted to professional licensing boards and advocacy groups. 2 states now have laws banning conversion therapy for minors and more may be coming. The committee has planned out the video and budgeted it, and will begin filming at the next meeting.

The LGBT Committee’s first paper on our qualitative research project in collaboration with Dear Abby has been accepted to the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health! Please see the abstract below:


Religion and spirituality have been associated in many studies with an impact on mental and physical health. However, the relationship between religious faith and transgender identities is not well studied. To understand this relationship, the LGBT Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry undertook a qualitative analysis. Participants in this study are a subset of a larger project investigating the role of religion and spirituality among all members of the LGBTQ community. The larger study invited input on LGBTQ identity and faith using an announcement posted by the Dear Abby column, published in hundreds of newspapers around the globe. Of the 86 participants in the study, eight responses were examined by participants who identified as transgender. Qualitative analysis of these survey results revealed the following themes: awareness of gender identity and development, mental health, God’s creation and spirit, fear of rejection, ambivalent acceptance, self-sacrifice for community, reconciliation with faith. Themes of both faith identity and gender identity were prevalent. Aspects of dual-identity development were painful and conflictual, but other aspects offered comfort, acceptance, and joy. When a participant’s family and community showed even partial acceptance of their transgender identity, greater resilience and integration resulted.


Stewart Adelson, Kenn Ashley, Mary Barber, Jack Drescher, David Goldenberg, Lorraine Lothringer, Marlin Mattson, Scot McAfee, Jack Pula, Andy Tompkins, Flavio Casoy, Alan Schwartz, Eric Yarbrough.


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