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Tag Archives: lgbt

NASW updates Position Statement on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)

As advocacy efforts have grown, both for and against the use of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and conversion therapy, so has the need to educate clients and communities about the impact of these practices on individuals and families, and the implications for social work practice. To help guide practice, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has issued a ... Read More »

NASW supports the Obama Administration call to ban the use of conversion therapy for youth

The National Association of Social Works (NASW) applauds the Obama Administration for clearly stating “this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.” NASW reaffirms its stance against reparative therapy and other sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) designed to change sexual orientation or to refer clients to practi­tioners or programs that claim to do so. NASW ... Read More »

Examining the Role of Peer Relationships in the Lives of Gay and Bisexual Adolescents

School social workers are acknowledged as valuable supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. They provide counseling and support, and foster an environment of inclusiveness. Inclusiveness for LGBT students incorporates support from their peers in the school environment. But how do LGBT students experience the school environment? In a recent issue of the journal Children and Schools, Stuart ... Read More »

NASW Chapters Respond to Anti-LGBT measures in California, Indiana

National Association of Social Workers chapters are responding to a new law in Indiana and a proposed bill in California that would discriminate against people from the LGBT community. Public outcry over these laws has already prompted change, with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday approving changes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act so businesses cannot discriminate against gays and ... Read More »

Report: LGBT women at higher risk of living in poverty

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women are more likely to be at risk of poverty in the United States, thanks to discriminatory laws, according to a report released today by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and the Center for American Progress (CAP). The National Association of Social Workers is one of 17 organizations that is a partner on the ... Read More »

Reports: Despite higher visibility people who are transgender still face huge barriers

People who are transgender are becoming more visible in American society. Transgender activist and actress Laverne Cox, who appears on the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” made the cover of Time. And Chaz Bono, the only child of well known entertainers Sonny and Cher, made an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary about his transition from female to male. ... 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 »

Supporting Families with LGBTQI2-S Youth

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The National Association of Social Workers is a member of the SAMHSA LGBTQI2-S workgroup, ensuring that the voice of social workers are part of programming and policy discussions. Join a nation-wide webisode sponsored by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, today at 2:00 pm EST.  The Webisode will highlight culturally relevant research, explore ways that communities, social workers and ... Read More »

Addressing discrimination towards LGBT families at the state and federal level

Ending discrimination at the state-level: On July 29th, the Commonwealth of Virginia became the newest state to join the ‘changing landscape’ of marriage equality in the United States.   The 31 states that continue to have restrictions on marriage to include “one man and one woman”  are those in which state law or constitutional amendment is currently being challenged or the ... Read More »