Pride month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a pivotal moment that catalyzed the modern gay liberation movement in the United States. Today, celebrations also honor the work of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, trans women of color who created safe havens for trans youth and fought for the inclusion of trans people in the gay liberation movement.

In the past several years, we have seen unprecedented attacks on people who identify as LGBTQIA+, particularly transgender and gender-diverse youth. Psychologists’ allyship and commitment to affirming care is vital because research shows that when LGBTQIA+ youth feel recognized, supported and valued by their communities their mental health improves and suicide risk decreases.

This year the American Psychological Association and the Maine Psychological Association have enacted research-based policies and position statements supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. In February 2024, the APA joined other major medical organizations by affirming psychologists’ support for access to quality health care regardless of gender identity.

MePA is proud to stand with the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride month and throughout the year. Throughout the state, psychologists will be participating in Pride-related events, showing our support for our communities and our commitment to LGBTQIA+-affirming care.

Jeff Matranga, Ph.D., board president

Maine Psychological Association, Saco

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