Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Sacramento City College. Her teaching interests include clinical psychology and gender issues, and she has developed and teaches a course titled, “The Psychology of Sexual Orientation.” She has conducted research on the physical and mental health of lesbian women, and she has written numerous articles and book chapters on gender and sexual orientation. She lives in Northern California.

Here’s an image of my newest children’s book, which is called This Day in June. It’s a fun, exuberant story about an LGBT Pride parade, and it includes information about LGBT history and culture, as well as how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity.



TDIJ cover

I’ve also written a nonfiction book, titled Backdrop: The Politics and Personalities behind Sexual Orientation Research. This book gives an overview (and thoughtful critique) of the major psychological studies that have impacted LGBT public policy, such as eliminating the DSM diagnosis of homosexuality, overturning the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding sexual orientation, amending medical policies to preserve the bodily integrity of intersex babies, streamlining the process of transition for transgender individuals, and legalizing same-sex marriage.

backdrop cover_final


Both of these books can be purchased through all major online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s. You can get more information by visiting my website, gaylepitman.com.

There is a rich and textured landscape, full of plot twists and colorful characters, that surrounds the psychological research on gender and sexual orientation. The Active Voice is where we get to have a conversation about the intersection between psychological research, social and public policy, and our lived experiences.

6 responses to “About

  1. I like people that “go against the grain” and stand up for what they believe in. I go against it myself, not with sexuality but with the learning and growing process……

    Dont give up the fight…. Its never over!!

  2. I know you write about all kinds of issues, but I put a link to your blog on my blog. You have some great pieces here that will really help people.

  3. Thanks so much, transparentguy! I appreciate it.

  4. Gary Hollander

    Gayle, I have been super busy lately. Too busy to respond intelligently to your posts in a few weeks. However, I am reading them. You are as thoughtful as ever.

    You might want to see what I have been blogging about as well:

    Hope your semester is starting off well.

    • It’s good to hear from you, Gary! I know all about being busy, believe me. I’ll check out your blog for sure, Whether you comment or not, it’s good to know you’re out there reading.

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