Distinguished Book Award

The Division offers this award for a book that has made a significant contribution to the field of LGBT psychology. The award is generally given to a book published within the two years prior to its nomination. The Division encourages self-nominations by authors, as well as nominations from publishers and readers. These works represent highly valuable contributions to scholarship that synthesize research and practice and advance the development of science, practice, and policy on LGBT issues in psychology.

2012 Winner

The award goes to: Ellen Riggle and Sharon Rostosky’s book, A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being. This book starts a new conversation about the strengths and benefits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGTBQ) identities. Positive LGBTQ identities are affirmed through inspiring firsthand accounts. Focusing on how LGTBQ-identified individuals can cultivate a sense of well-being and a personal identity that allows them to flourish in all areas of life, the authors explore a variety of themes. Through personal stories from people with a variety of backgrounds and gender and sexual identities, readers will learn more about expressing gender and sexuality; creating strong and intimate relationships; exploring unique perspectives on empathy, compassion, and social justice; belonging to communities and acting as role models and mentors; and, enjoying the benefits of living an authentic life. Providing exercises in each chapter, the book offers those who identify as LGBTQ and those who support and love them, as well as those seeking to better understand them, an opportunity to explore and appreciate these identities.

2011 Winner

The Initial Psychotherapy Interview: A Gay Man Seeks Treatment, edited by Charles Silverstein, is the recipient of the award this year. The book is published by Elsevier. The book is organized around an hour-long interview with “Scott,” a 30-year-old gay man who seeks treatment from Dr. Silverstein after the death of his much loved and admired gay older brother. While his brother’s death serves as the catalyst for Scott seeking treatment, this profound loss is only one part of the story. The transcript of Silverstein’s interview provides rich clinical data for a myriad of authors to reflect and comment on in their chapters of the book. This is an exceptional and important contribution to our practice literature.

Also of note are Charles Silverstein’s important contributions to the history of our Division, as he was one of the participants in the very first Division 44 symposium at an APA Convention. That symposium honored those pioneers who had provided the courage, leadership, and personal role models necessary for the founding of Division 44. The participants were Adrienne Smith (chair), Del Martin, Charles Silverstein, Gerald Davison, Judd Marmor, and Harold Kooden; with Stephen Morin and Evelyn Hooker as discussants—an all-star panel of our profession, if ever there was one.

2010 winner

When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage by M.V. Lee Badgett. In view of one of the major themes of this convention—marriage equality—it is particularly fitting that one of this year’s Distinguished Books is M. V. Lee Badgett’s When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage. Badgett shows, as we know, the heavens don’t fall and heterosexual marriages don’t crumble. And, as we would expect, many gay couples benefit, sometimes in surprising ways, from the legal, social, and political rights that the institution offers. Badgett takes readers to a country where it has been legal for same sex couples to marry since 2001, the Netherlands, and she examines all sides of this issue. This includes how same sex couples decide whether to marry, the controversial nature of marriage in the gay and lesbian community, the implications of same sex marriage for heterosexual marriage as an institution, and how marriage has the potential to change fundamentally gay identity and community. Badgett collected the data and her careful cross national study of this extraordinary moment in the history of Western marriage is a unique and essential contribution to discussions about same sex equality.

Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Cycle by Abbie E. Goldberg. Abbie E. Goldberg’s book, Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle, is one of the recipients of this year’s Division 44 Distinguished Book Award. This ground-breaking book, published this year by the American Psychological Association, focuses on the family life transitions—how couples meet and decide to marry, decisions to have children, changing roles when an infant is born, their experiences and those of their children. Until now, however, nothing covered these turning points in the lives of gay men and lesbians. In this time of increasing discussion about lesbian and gay parenthood, such research is particularly useful in informing us about the normative aspects of life transitions and their relationships to the lesbian and gay community. Some of the findings are expected; others are more surprising. Integrating both qualitative and quantitative approaches, this book incorporates a range of disciplines and highlights understudied aspects of same sex parenting, such as termination of couple relationships. With practical recommendations in every chapter, this book is an indispensable resource for those who research lesbian and gay mental health and family issues as well as those who provide services to lesbian and gay parents and parents-to-be.

2009 winner

Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire, by Lisa M. Diamond, Ph.D. This groundbreaking book was published to much acclaim, including being featured, with its eminent author, on the Oprah show. A landmark book with the potential to permanently change the landscape of sexuality studies, Sexual Fluidity is well written and theoretically driven. The book traces Dr. Diamond's ten year study of sexual development that has produced both scientific data and fascinating personal stories that help us better appreciate the lives of young women as they come to an understanding and expression of their sexual development. It offers a new paradigm, while not in contradistinction to men's sexual development, that is unique and worthy of our consideration.

The life narratives by the young women are unparalleled is in their honesty and complexity as they intertwined their sexual and romantic attractions, desires, and behaviors. Reviews note this book as ground breaking, insightful, and one of the most important books on women's sexual development in decades.

2008 winner

Affirmative psychotherapy with bisexual women and bisexual men, edited by Ronald C. Fox, Ph.D. An outgrowth of Dr. Fox's many years of clinical practice, education, and advocacy on behalf of bisexual men and women, his groundbreaking volume helps to further the research and practice of Psychology as it relates to this area. There is a paucity of literature on affirmative psychotherapy with this population and the contributors to Dr. Fox's volume offer an enlightened model that moves us past a polarized to a multidimensional view of the interrelatedness of all forms of sexual orientation. This compilation will assist therapists who seek to provide culturally competent services to bisexuals who are transgender, African American, in their senior years, and heterosexual spouses of bisexual men and women. Dr. Fox also devotes space in the book to chronicle the history of APA's and Division 44's own evolution of inclusiveness of sexual minorities. The wide range of topics within this book related to bisexuality will likely provide a framework for advances in practice and scientific investigation for years to come.

2007 winner

Out in Psychology: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Perspectives by Victoria Clarke, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Peel, Ph.D., Editors. This book is notable for its exploration of international research, theory, and practice in the field. It is only the second British edited LGBT psychology text and the first edited collection from the UK to integrate trans and queer perspectives into LGBT psychology. Out in Psychology brings together 38 established LGBT psychologists from the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia to explore a wide range of topics. The book represents a refreshing perspective on well established topics such as lesbian and gay health and LGBT youth, as well as new topics such as sports and individual differences. Out in Psychology brings innovative perspectives and an international framework, and promises to be an important addition to the literature in LGBTQ psychology.

Past winners

Nominations

Please send nominations for this award to the President-Elect.