Bias-Free Language: LGBTQ + Clients and the New APA Manual

Nicole Noble, Loretta Bradley, Bret Hendricks

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Abstract

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) contains significant new information about bias-free language to which scholars must now adhere. Consequently, these changes provide unprecedented support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community as the bias-free language is adopted. This article identifies resources that counseling practitioners can use to advocate for and counsel LGBTQ+ clients. Further, this article describes the significant advancements gained in gender and sexual orientation bias-free language in the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual updates as contrasted with the 6th edition. Implications for counseling practitioners and researchers are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-139
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • APA publication manual
  • bias-free language
  • gender and sexual orientation
  • inclusivity
  • writing style

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