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IS28-18-3

Organized Psychology as a Means to Advance LGBT Rights: The Case of the Psychological Association of the Philippines

[Speaker] Torre, Beatriz:1
[Co-author] Manalastas, Eric Julian:1
1:University of the Philippines Diliman (Philippines)

Professional psychology associations in Southeast Asia have done little to advance the rights of sexual and gender minority populations. The Philippines is one bright exception. This paper presents updates on our work in building an LGBT-inclusive psychology in the Philippines, focusing on initiatives in organizing, policy advocacy, and outreach from 2010 to 2016. We discuss some key achievements including: (1) the adoption of policy resolutions against anti-LGBT discrimination and against gender-based violence by the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), and (2) the institutionalisation of an LGBT Psychology Special Interest Group, the first and only formal collective of LGBT psychologists in the region, within PAP in 2013. We will present an analysis of the enabling conditions, both internal and external to the professional association, as well as an assessment of impact and lessons learned from the ground.
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