Sexual Orientation Statement

"Whereas sexual orientation is unrelated to judgment, stability, reliability or vocational capability, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry deplores all public and private discrimination based on sexual orientation of persons of any age particularly in the areas of employment, military service, housing, public accommodations, membership, licensing, promotion or assignment, training, or qualification as an expert in a court of law. Further, recognizing that individuals and institutions have historically used sexual orientation as a reason to restrict lesbians and gay men from activities relating to delivery of services, care, treatment to children and adolescents, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry finds that there is no evidence that lesbians and gay men, per se, represent any threat to the development of children or adolescents and condemns any restriction on employment or service based on sexual orientation in positions involving the delivery of services or treatment to children and adolescents."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Policy Statement on Sexual Orientation and Civil Rights, 1992 - Click here for the original text.