Sexual and Gender Diversity Position Statement

From Psychological Society of South Africa

The aim of this document is to provide, under the auspices of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), an affirmative Position Statement on sexual and gender diversity, including LGBTI, queer and asexual concerns. This Position Statement is aimed primarily at psychology professionals in South Africa, though it is applicable to all mental health professionals on the continent of Africa, and supplements the harm-avoidance approach in the South African Health Professions Act by outlining specific themes to consider in assuming an affirmative stance in psychological research and practice. This statement acknowledges that, regardless of sexual or gender identification, individuals seeking psychological services may experience various difficulties in life, including the negative impact of
prejudice, stigmatisation and victimisation associated with patriarchal and heteronormative societies.

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