CPA Statements & Communications
CPA'S Statement on Transgender Day of Visbility
March 31st , 2023
Each year, March 31st is recognized internationally as Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) to celebrate transgender people, raise awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, and celebrate their contributions to society.
Originally founded in 2009 by transgender activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan, who cited frustration around the only well-known transgender-centered day being the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This day mourned the murders of transgender people but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community.
Although society is becoming more accepting and trans individuals feel more comfortable and confident being their authentic selves, there is still overwhelmingly misleading, misrepresented, and mischaracterized information in the media. It is imperative that we continue to highlight, recognize, and celebrate all transgender individuals, and for them to be seen through authentic and accurate stories that depict their actual lived experiences. While only 30% of the general public say they know a transgender individual, about 50% of Americans under the age of 30 say they know a trans person (Gallup, 2022). Representation and Visibility Matters! A 2020 study showed that inclusive media images lead to greater acceptance and understanding of LGBTQ people (LGBTQ Inclusion in Advertising and Media).
In 2023, there have been over 300+ anti-LGBTQ bills filed so far, with more than 50% of these bills specifically targeting trans individuals, particularly trans youth. We must not be silent in the face of such appalling and harmful actions. We have a collective responsibility to publicly support our LGBTQ+ colleagues, family, and friends. CPA stands with the numerous medical and mental health organizations that support gender-affirming care. We recognize that gender-affirming care saves lives and access to this care results in better mental health and psychosocial outcomes. Gender-affirming interventions are based on decades of clinical experience and research and are not considered experimental. Gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) is a component of widely accepted medically necessary care for transgender and gender-diverse people (World Professional Association for Transgender Health, 2023).
PFLAG – https://pflag.org/transgender-day-of-visibility/
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – https://www.hrc.org
The Trevor Project – https://www.thetrevorproject.org
WPATH Standards of Care, Version 8 – https://www.wpath.org/publications/soc
At CPA, we believe that psychologists are advocates and catalysts for social change. We will continue to utilize our science and expertise to do good in the world and fight for the safety and well-being of our country and communities.
The CPA Board of Directors
CPA'S Statement on the Texas Transgender Law
March 4th, 2022
The Connecticut Psychological Association stands with the American Psychological Association in their condemnation of the February 18, 2022 Opinion of the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, which classifies certain gender-affirming medical procedures as child abuse, and the subsequent February 22, 2022 Directive from Texas
Governor Greg Abbott calling on licensed professionals and members of the general public to report the parents of transgender minors to state authorities if there is evidence of the minors receiving gender-affirming medical care.
Governor Abbott’s Directive is not only without scientific merit, but is dangerous and stands to cause irreparable harm to transgender individuals, their families, and the LGBTQ+ community more broadly. There is no evidence that supports the assertion that gender-affirming care is a form of child abuse or has lasting negative consequences. In contrast, scientific evidence has shown us unequivocally that gender-affirming care has the potential to reduce mental health difficulties, suicide rates, and other negative psychosocial and health outcomes. The Governor’s reprehensible Directive perpetuates intra- and interpersonal harm. This is one example of the pervasive biases transgender individuals’ face, which puts them at increased risk for bodily and psychological harm. This Directive will likely amplify their experiences of depression, anxiety, shame, isolation and various forms of self-harm including substance use or suicidal behaviors.
Please read the full statement and find resources here: CPA Statement_Texas Transgender Law
CPA's Statement on Recent Events and Racial Violence
The Connecticut Psychological Association acknowledges the community trauma following the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, an outrage in a long line of racialized violence pervading our communities over the past several years. While black and brown people have continued to be the victims of biased action and unjust killings, the justice system has often failed to uphold accountability for these actions. The sense of relief that so many experienced following this weeks guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin is indicative of our racialized trauma and a pervasive worry that even in light of concrete evidence, justice would not be served for a Black man in America. For almost a year, America has held its breath, marched, and protested with the hope that there would be confirmation that in this instance, this Black man’s life mattered.
Please read the full statement here: CPA Statement_April 2021
Additionally, please see the following resources in case they are helpful.
CPA's Statement on The Ukraine Conflict
March 9th, 2022
The Connecticut Psychological Association stands with the American Psychological Association (APA)1 in their statement in support of Ukraine during this time of invasion and war. CPA is an organization that advocates and stands for human rights and the health and well-being of all the world’s citizens.
Throughout the past few weeks the world has watched the hostile military invasion of Ukraine with horror and sadness. We are deeply concerned about the current threat to the lives and safety of the people of Ukraine and outraged about the reported human rights violations occurring as part of this war.
CPA stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, both domestic and abroad. We want to offer our sympathy and support to those living in or fleeing from Ukraine, and those of Ukrainian descent here at home, including our colleagues and communities we serve. Acts of war, like all threats to physical and psychological safety, have both immediate and long-term negative impacts, including fear/anxiety, depression, acute stress disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Trauma often manifests itself in various negative impacts, both internal and interpersonal, which can also have broad impact beyond those directly affected. We must come together to support the people of Ukraine during a period of national traumatization and utilize our skills to aid in healing and processing the difficult experiences many are facing.
Please read the full statement and find resources for our community here: CPA Statement_Ukraine Conflict
CPA'S Statement on the Attacks on the AAPI Community
March 30th, 2021
The Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) stands with the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community during the recent onslaught of violence and harmful words and actions against them. As an organization that represents psychology and psychologists, and operates from a basic framework of inclusivity and healing, we will continue to fight against the ills that do us all harm and continue to pervade our society: racism, xenophobia, and other harmful conduct fueled by prejudice and discrimination.
Resources: https://apaics.org/, https://smithsonianapa.org/, https://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/ethnicity-health/asian-american/bullying-and-victimization, https://aapaonline.org/, https://stopaapihate.org/resources/, https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/anti-racism-resources-support-asian-american-pacific-islander-community-n1260467, https://asianawarenessproject.carrd.co/
Please read the full statement here: CPA Statement in Support of AAPI
CPA'S Statement on the Recent Attack on Democracy
January 9th, 2021
The Connecticut Psychological Association condemns the events that occurred on January 6, 2021, as well as the ideology and misinformation that fueled it. The world watched as there was an attack on the democracy of our nation, at a magnitude unwitnessed since reconstruction. The political and civil unrest that has been building in our country reached a frightening peak, and many of us observed with disbelief and a myriad of emotional reactions.
Please read the full statement here: Statement of the Connecticut Psychological Association on the Recent Attack on Democracy
Taken Action Against Racism
CPA stands as a strong voice against grave injustices demonstrated by recent events. We are clear in our position of solidarity with APA in that the “racism pandemic” is in fact devastating our nation. Racism is a disease that has permeated us individually and societally. One of CPA’s missions is to promote human welfare and we know from our recent Priorities Survey that CT psychologists care deeply about social justice issues. We acknowledge the trauma, grief, and outrage many people of color are feeling in light of the recent killings of Black men and women and pledge to take action.
Please see our full statement and list of resources on our page https://connpsych.org/action-against-racism/