Subject: LGBTQ+ Psychology

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Online Exhibits

A Clockwork Lavender: Sexology, Psychology, and the LGBTQ+ Community

Explore scientific understandings about sexual orientation and gender identity over the course of the 20th century through the researchers and activists whose work had a profound impact on the lives of countless LGBTQ+ individuals. From the criminalization and censorship of LGBTQ+ identity to the liberation movements of the 1970s, this exhibit inspects the relationship between science, activism, and social change.

Open Exhibit | Access on Smithsonian Learning Lab

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Lectures and Panels

Current Topics in LGBTQ+ Psychology and Mental Health

This panel covers the current relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and mental health fields—what has changed since the 1973 removal of homosexuality from the DSM-II, and how can we better serve LGBTQ+ communities?

Length: 60 minutes

Originally recorded: October 8, 2020

Psychology Film Club: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Discussion of the 2017 film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, detailing the life of psychologist William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) and his partners, Elizabeth Marston (Rebecca Hall) and Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote). 

Length: 62 minutes

Originally recorded: July 30, 2020

Cummings Center Blog

Centering LGBTQ+ Voices: The Association of Gay Psychologists

The actions of the Association of Gay Psychologists (AGP) and other Gay Liberation groups demonstrate the importance of direct action, visibility, and community in effecting social change. This blog post explores the early history of the organization through primary source documents.

Contributed by: Tony Pankuch