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Bell, D. (2012). Letter to the Editor. Psychoanal. Psychother., 26(2):98.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 26(2):98

Letter to the Editor

David Bell

Dear Editor,

I was most unfortunately unable to attend the BPC conference ‘Psychoanalysis and homosexuality’, but thought it might be appropriate for me to inform your readership of our institute's position on this issue, especially as it is something that I have prioritised since taking up office as President.

I wish to make it clear that our policy as regards admission for training and progression in our institute is non-discriminatory as regards gay and lesbian people and we have been very actively involved in developing the BPCs position statement on this issue (which will soon be available). However, that being said I recognise it is one thing to have a policy and quite another to ensure that it is followed, not only to the letter but also in spirit. For we are all aware that prejudice can manifest itself in various forms and that it is fed by factors, both at the individual and at the institutional level, that can evade consciousness. We wish to ensure that gay and lesbian individuals feel free to apply to train as psychoanalysts at our Institute and that those accepted can progress through their training and develop professional careers free from prejudice, and this is ongoing work for us.

There is clearly a long way to go in terms of theoretical development and this is something that will involve the psychoanalytic community in general, whose contributions we will warmly welcome.

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