Co-Chair: Nic Rider, PhD –
Co-Chair: Catherine Bitney, PhD –
Student Rep: Shuo “Coco” Wang –
Mentorship Coordinator: Kamille Conanan –
Communications Coordinator: Jieyi Cai –
Membership Coordinator: Josh Chow –
Financial Coordinator: Amanda Breen –


The Division on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and
Questioning (DLGBTQQ) within the Asian American Psychological
Association is a community of students and professionals committed to
understanding the social, cultural, emotional, political, and personal
factors impacting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBTQQ
identity. The division strives to continue to advance the
psychological wellness of AAPI LGBTQQ individuals by supporting and
empowering professionals and allies within the field of psychology,
and producing awareness and education on the population’s needs and
concerns. Additionally, the division aims to appreciate and celebrate
the resiliency of LGBTQQ individuals and professionals and the
protective factors of community support that come from within the AAPI
community. The division aims to foster the creation of psychological
products (e.g., theory, research, services, clinical interventions,
assessments, etc.) that are sensitive to and appropriate with the
LGBTQQ AAPI experience. DLGBTQQ also aims to: (1) unite and recruit
LGBTQQ AAPI psychologists, students, mental health practitioners, and
their allies; (2) provide resources and support for the LGBTQQ AAPIs
in psychology; and (3) advocate for research, competent practice, and
culturally informed policies in working with the LGBTQQ AAPI


A growing body of scholarship has documented the psychological
disparities experienced by LGBTQ Asian Americans. While there is
limited research that has focused on LGBTQ Asian Americans in general
(Chan, 1993; Chung & Singh, 2008; Nadal, 2010), there are a few
studies that describe how the experiences of LGBTQ Asian Americans
differ from their heterosexual/ cisgender Asian Americans or LGBTQ
people of other racial backgrounds. First, because of the lack of
acceptance of LGBTQ people and identities in Asian American ethnic and
religious communities, it is common for LGBTQ Asian Americans to have
difficulties in developing healthy dual identities, which in turn may
negatively influence their psychological health (Chan, 1993; Chung &
Singh, 2008). Further, as members of both groups, Asian American LGBTQ
people may be the targets of discrimination in both of their
communities; for example, they may encounter heterosexism and
transphobia in their racial or ethnic community, while also
experiencing racism in the LGBTQ community (Chan, 1989; Chung & Singh,
2008; Han, 2009; Nadal & Corpus, 2012; Nakamura, Chan, & Fischer,
2013; Operario, Han, & Choi, 2008). Moreover, the intricacies of being
LGBTQ and Asian American may also lead to problems with interpersonal
relationships, sexual and romantic relationships, and familial
relationships (Chung & Singh, 2008; Nadal, 2010; Nakamura, Flojo, &
Dittrich, 2009). As a result, LGBTQ Asian Americans may struggle with
an array of psychological concerns, including suicidal ideation
(Cochran Mays, Alegria, Ortega, & Takeuchi, 2007); psychological
distress (Choi, Paul, Ayala, Boylan, & Gregorich, 2013; Szymanski &
Sung, 2010); risky sexual behaviors (Do, Chen, McFarland, Secura,
Behel, MacKellar, et al., 2005; Lee & Hahm, 2012); and substance abuse
problems (Operario & Nemoto, 2005).

The need for such a division is also based on members’ desires to
increase LGBTQ visibility and advocacy. In the summer of 2013, a Task
Force on LGBTQ Issues was created to discuss various ways that AAPA
can serve its LGBTQ members. Task Force members reported concerns that
LGBTQ issues were not addressed directly in AAPA and described the
need for more LGBTQ leadership and prominence within the organization.
The Task Force unanimously voted that creating a Division on LGBTQ
Issues was the next logical organizational step to address these