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NASW Maine Chapters testifies in support of ban on gay conversion therapy

The Maine Legislature on February 14 held a hearing on a bill to ban gay conversion therapy. The National Association of Social Workers has long been against such therapy, saying it does not change the sexual identity of people who are LGBT and harms their mental well-being.   NASW Maine Chapter Executive Director Lori Gramlich testified at the hearing. “Conversion therapy is ... Read More »

Programs help homeless, foster LGBTQ youth

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By Maren Dale, News contributor Although progress continues to be made toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) equality in the U.S. — as evidenced by marriage equality and better recognition of and respect for people who identify as LGBTQ — this progress is not felt by all members of the LGBTQ community. For LGBTQ youth in foster care ... Read More »

NASW Indiana Response to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

      Recently, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was signed into law in Indiana. Following its passage, there has been a strong and immediate reaction regarding its potential use and the message it sends about our state’s values at a national level. A vast array of businesses, academic institutions, religious groups and human rights advocates have stated their ... Read More »

Report highlights how anti-gay laws can drive LGBT people, families into poverty

Discrimination is not just harming the emotional well-being of Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Discrimination also hurts their pocketbooks and makes it more likely they will live in poverty, according to a new report done in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Paying and Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty of Being LGBT in ... Read More »

Culturally Competent and Spiritually Sensitive Therapy with Lesbian and Gay Christians

For self-identified lesbian and gay Christians, the church is an important source of support and identity formation. Identity integration, the bringing together of religious and sexual identities, becomes complicated at best when lesbian and gay Christians face discrimination within religious organizations. The process of reconciling a lesbian or gay identity with a Christian identity while in such hostile environments is ... Read More »

NASW Calls on Boy Scouts of America to End All Discrimination

In April, NASW sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America to end  their decades long policy of excluding openly gay scouts and leaders in their organization. On April 19, BSA announced publicly that the proposal to be considered by the Boy Scouts National Council this May recommends removing the ban on gay scouts, but upholding restrictions against openly ... Read More »

Marriage equality makes headway

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff Marriage equality in the U.S. has enjoyed several milestones so far this year, and NASW has been active in many of these efforts. President Obama’s announcement in May that he supports same-sex marriage was the most high-profile development regarding marriage equality, but there have been other advancements as well. The following is a summary ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates President Obama’s Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage

For the first time in the history of our country a sitting President has publicly announced his personal support for same-sex marriage.  The announcement by President Obama, coming off the heels of the disappointing North Carolina vote to ban same-sex marriages through a constitutional amendment, speaks volumes for the marriage equality movement and ignites hope in the LGBT community. NASW ... Read More »

NASW involved in equal-rights advances for LGBT community

By Paul R. Pace, NEWS Staff Advances for the equal rights of the LGBT community at the state and federal levels have been made in recent months, and NASW has played a role in these matters. In California, a federal appeals panel in San Francisco ruled in February that California’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional right to equal ... Read More »

Watch Live Online: All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families

Please join the Center for American Progress, the Family Equality Council, and the Movement Advancement Project for a special presentation: All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families October 25, 2011, 10:00am – 12:00pm Introduction: Winnie Stachelberg, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress Opening remarks: Douglas F. Gansler, Attorney General of Maryland (D) ... Read More »