Contact: Jo Linder-Crow, PhD
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Sacramento, CA, June 29, 2016
California Psychological Association
Statement for the LGBT Community
In recent days, gay pride celebrations have taken place all over California and the rest of the country. And indeed, there is much to celebrate. On June 26, 2003 the Supreme Court struck down state sodomy laws; in 2013, it declared unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). And just last year on the same date, the Court established the constitutional right to same-sex marriage in every US jurisdiction. Furthermore, last week President Obama declared the Stonewall Inn in New York City, site of the original gay freedom social action, to be the nation’s first official LGBT national monument.
At the same time, we continue to mourn the victims of the Orlando massacre, especially those Latino/a and Latinx LGBT persons and allies who were specifically targeted in this horrific act. The California Psychological Association categorically condemns this and all acts of gun violence. We mourn the loss of life in Orlando, and all of the other thousands of lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, transgender persons, and allies who have fallen victim to hate crimes. Amidst the joy, sorrow; in the festivities, mourning.
The LGBT community in California and all over the country has come a long way in the 45 years since Stonewall, and the events of the past month make it obvious that there is a long way to go. In response to this hateful act of bigotry, CPA will focus our attention on how we can be actively involved in efforts to oppose gun violence. Psychological science has been the foundational element in pro-LGBT amicus briefs for the courts, advocacy for LGBT equality in the legislative arena, and progressive social policy. CPA is proud to have played a central role in advocacy for LGBT rights for decades, and we stand firm in our resolve to continue in these important efforts. We pledge to continue to advocate for the rights of this and all our marginalized communities, and we stand in solidarity with the LGBT community, today and every day.