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Gay Pride Month Celebration on HelpStartsHere.org

To honor Gay Pride Month we asked Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) social workers to tell us why they chose social work as their profession and to describe the unique challenges facing their community.

Annmarie K. Agosta, MSW, LCSW, LMSW, East Brunswick, New Jersey
Patti Aldredge, MSSW, PhD, New York New York
Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW, Boston, Massachusetts
Bruce M. Beckwith, MSW, LCSW, New York, New York
Paul C. Briggs, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, LMT, Miami, Florida
Jerry Buie, MSW, LCSW, Salt Lake City, Utah
Osvaldo Caballero, MSW, LCSW, Chicago, Illinois
Steven G. Chen, MSW, LSW, Indianapolis, Indiana
Patricia J. Corbin, MSW, LSW, ACSW, Columbus, Indiana
Catherine Crisp, PhD, MSW, Little Rock, Arkansas
Darren L. Debo, MSW, LCSW, Raleigh, North Carolina
Michele Eichorn, MSW, ACSW, Jersey City, New Jersey
Lourdes D. Follins, MSW, PhD, Brooklyn, New York
Patti Geier, MSW, CSW, Brooklyn, New York
Michael A. Giordano, MSW, LICSW, Washington, DC
Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW, Washington, DC
Wendy Rae Hill, BSW, Sacramento, California
James J. Kelly, PhD, MSSW, Atherton, California
Jane Kornbluth, MSW, LCSW, New York, New York
Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Richmond, Virginia
Sandra Stacey Lucas, MSW, LMSW, CASAC, New York, New York
James I. Martin, PhD, MSW, New York, New York
Jean K. Quam, PhD, MSW, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Joe Vanny Perez, MSW, LMSW, New York, New York
Annemarie Redelmeier, MBA, MSW, LCSW, Doctoral Student, Austin, Texas
Jack Register, MSW, LCSW, Raleigh, North Carolina
Janice L. Ricks, MSW, LISW, ACSW, Cincinnati, Ohio
Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, San Francisco, California
Jodi Silverman, MSW, LCSW, Branford, Connecticut
Kyrsten Sinema, MSW, JD, Phoenix, Arizona
J P Tittsworth, MSW, LMSW, BSW, AA, Houston, Texas
James Toy, MSW, Ann Arbor, Michigan
George W. Turner, MSW, LSCSW, LCSW, Kansas City, Missouri

One comment

  1. The challenges in the GLBT community are vast, but change is possible.

    Just as there were marches in Selma, sit -ins in Greensboro, and speeches in Washington in the 1960’s – it is time for the GLBT rights movement to follow in their footsteps in the name of equality.

    Our task, as members and supporters of the GLBT community is to keep coming out, and organize visible political gatherings. Harvey Milk said “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door”.

    The more quickly middle America understands that gay is their daughters, mothers, next door neighbors, teachers, caregivers, SOCIAL WORKERS, and coworkers – the more quickly justice, change, and equality will come for the GLBT community.

    I became a Social Worker because I believe in equality, civil rights, the dignity and worth of each individual, and hope that people can help themselves. This year I hope you all join with the GLBT community and that we will see national equality for GLBT peoples in this decade.

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