Tag Archives: LGBTQIA+

Wave of LGBTQIA+ Bills Underscores Vital Role for Social Workers – Your Social Work Advocates June-July 2022 Issue Is Available Online

Cover of June-July 2022 Social Work Advocates Magazine

In case you missed it, here are some of the features in the latest issue of Social Work Advocates. Click here for the online PDF of the magazine. Top stories include: Human Rights Advocacy: Wave of LGBTQIA+ Bills Underscores Vital Role for Social Workers With the recent spate of anti-LGBTQIA+ bills introduced or passed in many states, NASW and social ... Read More »

NASW President: Association stands in solidarity with transgender people in aftermath of Texas directive

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A message from National Association of Social Workers (NASW) President Mildred “Mit” Joyner “NASW condemns Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s direction of the Department of Family and Protective Services to implement Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion and to actually treat age-appropriate medically necessary gender affirming treatment as child abuse. The Texas attempt to change the definition of child abuse are in ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates National Coming Out Day

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By Lee Westgate, MSW Monday, Oct 11th is National Coming Out Day – a day that honors the enduring advocacy and resiliency of LGBTQIA+ people and communities. First celebrated in the U.S. in 1988, National Coming Out Day emerged in stark contrast to the overtly homophobic and transphobic social and political climate of the time. By 1988, the AIDS epidemic ... Read More »

Trans Men’s Access to Knowledgeable Providers and Their Experiences in Health Care Settings

Transgender adults face a health care system rife with stigma, including a lack of culturally responsive providers and high likelihood of discrimination and mistreatment. However, there is a gap in knowledge about trans men—those assigned a female sex at birth who identify as men or as transmasculine—including subgroups, such as trans men of color. An article in a recent issue ... Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court takes up case concerning rights of gays, lesbians to foster children

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 4 will begin hearing arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia concerning the rights of gays and lesbians to foster children. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and several other child welfare/adoption organizations, participated in the Fulton v. City of Philadelphia amicus brief that was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in August ... Read More »

Learn about NASW’s role in historic SCOTUS decision to protect LGBTQ employees

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By Elizabeth Felton, Esq., LICSW Associate Counsel at the National Association of Social Workers This week the U.S. Supreme Court made an historic decision that federal anti-discrimination laws protect gay and transgender workers. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) wholeheartedly supported this decision and was involved in the case. Here is how: In July 2019, NASW and several other ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief supporting LGBT people in Supreme Court discrimination cases

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined other civil rights, anti-poverty and child and family welfare organizations on an amicus brief involving U.S. Supreme Court cases that could determine whether federal anti-discrimination laws protect workers who are LGBT.  The court began hearing arguments on October 8. The cases before the U.S. Supreme court are Gerald Lynn Bostock v. Clayton County, ... Read More »

Transhealth Information Project: A Peer-Led HIV Prevention Intervention to Promote HIV Protection for Individuals of Transgender Experience

A recent issue of the journal Health & Social Work, co-published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press, features an article on the issue of HIV and individuals of transgender experience. Individuals of transgender experience (ITE) in the United States face an elevated risk of HIV infection. Several conditions have been attributed to the high HIV incidence and prevalence within ... Read More »

Sen. Kaine introduces bills to strengthen child welfare workforce, prevent mistreatment of LGBTQ youth

Senator Tim Kaine

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) supports legislation introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) today that would strengthen the nation’s child welfare system and help prevent mistreatment of youth who are LGBTQ. Kaine’s Child Welfare Workforce Support Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to do a five-year pilot program to focus on the best ways to reduce barriers ... Read More »