Distinguished Book Award

The Division offers this award for a book that has made a significant contribution to the field of LGB 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.

2006 winners

Same-Sex Marriage: The Legal and Psychological Evolution in America by Donald J. Cantor, Elizabeth Cantor, James C. Black, and Campbell D. Barrett. While other countries have recently legalized civil marriage for same-sex couples debates over such marriages continue in the U.S. This timely book reviews the history of the evolution of same-sex marriage in the United States. With topics ranging from State Law regarding same-sex couples to legal adoption of children by lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals and couples this book provides a clear and even-handed treatment of the on-going struggle for equal rights to civil marriage by all people, regardless of the gender of partners.

Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families by Arlene Istar Lev. There is very little literature on the experiences of transgender individuals and their families. Arlene Istar Lev has contributed a new and wonderful resource to the emerging literature. This book is comprehensive, includes a thorough review of the relevant empirical literature, and is filled with clinical wisdom and understanding. It has gotten rave reviews and will meet a need for those working with this underserved population.

2005 winner

The New Gay Teenager by Ritch Savin-Williams. If you know the work of Ritch Savin-Williams, you know that, in his many years as a faculty member in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University (most recently, as Chair), he has devoted much of his professional heart and soul to the study of gay adolescents. Many exciting articles, chapters and books have issued from his pen (well, computer) over the years, but The New Gay Teenager is, in a sense, the capstone. Written in Ritch’s own clear voice, the book is provocative and original. You may or may not agree with his thesis - which is, in Ritch’s own words, that "the new gay teenager is in many respects the non-gay teenager"...in other words, that the new gay teenager cares little for labels, is exceptional neither in pathology nor in resilience, and may simply be regarded as an ordinary adolescent. Whether you agree or not with his central argument, you will find the book to be captivating.

Past winners


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