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Welcome to the LGBTQIA2S+ Special Interest Group!

Our group aims to bring together members of the diverse LGBTQIA2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/ questioning, intersex, agender/ asexual, two spirit, and more) spectrum within ACLP – psychiatrists, allied health professionals, trainees, and students. For brevity, and with the intent of reclamation, respect, and brevity, we use the terms “Queer” and “LGBTQIA2S+” interchangeably. Membership is open not just to members of the community, but also to allies working with and/or interested in serving the Queer community.

Our mission aligns with the ACLP mission in that our goal is to collaborate in creating educational materials for work with the Queer community, advance research on Queer health topics and increase collaborations in both research and education between Queer members of ACLP. We also aim to support ongoing advocacy efforts within the ACLP organization as well as in collaboration with other psychiatric and other medical professional organizations to support policies that are affirming of Queer individuals. We aim to work in collaboration with other existing SIGs/ caucuses, committees, and subcommittees.

In summary, our purpose is to offer Queer members who are an underrepresented group within Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry a space within which they can come together, as a part of the organization. Our vision aligns with the ACLP vision and commitment to supporting optimal health for all patients, including Queer patients, through integrated medical and psychiatric care.

Please note: only current Academy members are permitted to join this group.

Benefits of joining

  1. Representation, community, and sense of belonging for Queer ACLP members
  2. Support and education for clinicians working with Queer communities
  3. Support for clinicians working within transgender healthcare Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, otherwise not addressed by the women’s health/reproductive SIG, HIV SIG, or bioethics SIG
  4. Mentorship for Queer students, trainees, and early career members
  5. Opportunities for collaboration with likeminded individuals in creating educational materials
  6. Potential for peer supervision in work with Queer patients
  7. Advocating within ACLP as it pursues the goal of being inclusive and supportive of the needs of Queer patients as well as Queer members


Membership Survey

Please take our survey about goals for the SIG. This survey does not include contact information and so would be de-identified. Only starred questions are necessary, but if you can fill most/ all of it out, it would be much appreciated, as we develop our group to meet the goals of its membership.

Recent Annual Meeting Workshop

Please do see our recent presentations at the Annual Meeting in 2023 (available to those who registered for the meeting):

Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan for Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Expansive Individuals: An Interactive Case-based Workshop

Fiona Fonseca, MD, MS (they/them/theirs), Senior Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; Devin Greene, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee; Morgan Faeder, MD, PhD (he/him/his), Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Transgender, non-binary, and/or gender expansive (TNG) individuals often seek gender-affirming ‎hormone therapy (GAHT) to alleviate their internal sense of incongruent embodiment and/ or distress ‎around societal illegibility. This workshop covers the basic tenets of initiating and ‎managing various forms of GAHT. We will cover a range of psychopharmacological considerations when ‎initiating and managing GAHT. Given the multiple ‎approaches to addressing gender dysphoria and nuanced pharmacotherapeutic considerations, the ‎role of patient involvement in clinical decision-making is critical.‎

The workshop is eligible for 1.5 hours of CME.

Care in Living Color: A Primer for C-L Practitioners on Integrated Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Persons

Brant Hager, MD, Associate Professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Max Lichtenstein, MD (he/him/his), Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine – Mount Sinai, Brookyln, New York; Kimberly Kalupa, PhD, Lead Clinical Psychologist, UNM Medical Group – Truman Health, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Aliza Norwood, MD, FACP, AAHIVS, Medical Director, Vivent Health, Austin, Texas

Transgender and gender non-binary persons experience astonishingly high rates of mistreatment, discrimination, healthcare disparities, and mental health concerns. Mistreatment of transgender and gender non-binary persons extends alarmingly into healthcare settings. In contrast, gender-affirming family environments and healthcare settings, as well as gender affirming medical and surgical treatments, correlate with improvement in mental health and quality of life amongst transgender and gender non-binary persons. Interdisciplinary care teams, including consultation-liaison practitioners, are in a unique position to provide gold standard gender-affirming care, as well as advocacy for transgender and gender non-binary persons within and between healthcare systems. This pre-conference skills course aims to equip the integrated CL practitioner with essential knowledge, skills, and strategies for providing compassionate, evidence-based, gender-affirming care for transgender and gender non-binary persons across the continuum of care.

The workshop is eligible for 4 hours of CME.

Updates in C-L Psychiatry: Transgender Care

Morgan Faeder, MD, PhD (he/him/his), Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This segment will deliver updates of recent advances in the evidence base regarding transgender care.

The presentation is eligible for CME commensurate with duration of your participation, up to 4 hours of CME for the set of updates.

Online Resources

Join Us

Please note: only current Academy members are permitted to join this group.

Membership is open to professionals from students to clinicians to researchers working in the realm of Queer (LGBTQIA2S+) mental health and/or professionals who are part of the community. We invite you to join our SIG and participate in our listserv discussions and in-person meetings, to collaborate on projects and publications, to connect with other members interested in Queer affirming health, and to receive and provide support to fellow members.

ACLP members: Log into your ACLP account, go to check the “LGBTQIA2S+” box and hit Save. Please allow 24 hours for this to take effect. Please see How to Join a SIG ( for more details.

Not an Academy member? For information about becoming an ACLP member and the benefits of membership, please see Join ACLP ( Note that there is no fee for students to join ACLP.

The LGBTQIA2S+ (Queer) Caucus/ SIG meets in person during the ACLP annual meeting. We also meet virtually throughout the year, and invitations for this are sent through our LISTSERV to those who have joined the SIG. We encourage all members to join us at our annual meetings and to actively participate in ongoing communications, discussions, and updates via our LISTSERV.