The LGBTQ+ Special Interest Group was founded in 1991, formed in 1994, granted affiliate status in 1996 as the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Issues Caucus (LGBIC), and changed its name to the LGBT Issues Caucus (LGBTIC) in 2001. The LGBTQ+ SIG works/aims to make LGBTQ+ issues more visible within the field of art education. It is actively working against misrepresentation and bias in our culture and teaching institutions in order to produce safer spaces for all people in our schools and society.
To accomplish its mission, the LGBTQ+ Special Interest Group:
A. represents and works to advance the concerns of LGBTQ+ art educators and artists;
B. supports individuals and institutions facing transphobia, homophobia, heterosexism and other forms of discrimination;
C. advocates for fair and representative treatment of LGBTQ+ artists as part of the ongoing process of curricular revision;
D. works with the NAEA and NAEA-affiliated organizations towards non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity;
E. opposes the resurgence (?) and platforming of individuals, groups, and organizations that espouse bigotry, hatred, violence, transphobia, and homophobia;
F. works to provide an affirmative, positive, equitable, and safe educational environment in art classrooms for all LGBTQ+ adults and youth;
G. works for the greater equality and visibility of LGBTQ+ people in our society.