Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

LGBT in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Erika L. GrafskyEmail author
  • Hoa N. Nguyen
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_427


Since the removal of homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder in 1974, scholarly articles and mainstream psychotherapy texts focusing on working with LGBT individuals and families have steadily increased in visibility. In the last decade, there has also been an increase in scholarship particularly centered on working with transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. Various LGBT family forms may present for couple and family therapy, and clinicians should be aware of the existing research on LGBT family life and best practices when working with LGBT clients.


Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (commonly referred to by the initialism LGBT) hold a sexual and/or gender minority status. This is in comparison to individuals who are heterosexual (i.e., attracted to members of the opposite sex) or cisgender (i.e., one’s gender identity corresponds with their biological sex). Other identities that are often subsumed under this term...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  • Allen Sabey
    • 2
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA