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Tag Archives: transgender

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 »

Transmasculine Spectrum Parenting: Beyond a Gendered Fatherhood

Little scholarship exists on parenting in the transgender and gender nonconforming community, even though a sizable portion of the community is either currently parenting or interested in becoming a parent. This dearth of literature is particularly noticeable among those individuals assigned female at birth who identify as transmasculine. In a recent issue of the journal Social Work Research, published by ... Read More »

NASW calls on President Trump to rescind plan to ban people who are transgender from the military

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NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) calls on President Trump to rescind his plan to ban people who are transgender from serving in the U.S. military. This change, tweeted on the implementation of a policy change made by the Obama Administration, is blatantly disrespectful to and clearly disregards the honorable service of all transgender and gender non-conforming ... Read More »

NASW joins in letter protesting legislation that discrimininates against students who are transgender

NASW PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Social Workers has joined six other child and family advocacy organizations to sign a letter from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) urging South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and other governors not to approve legislation that discriminates against students who are transgender. The open letter was also signed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, ... 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 »

Employment Non-Discrimination Act

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA will ensure employees are judged on the quality of their work and not on personal identity, which is irrelevant to job performance. It embodies the American philosophy that employment decisions should be centered on a person’s qualifications and work ethic, rather than ... Read More »

November is Transgender Awareness Month

Transgender Awareness Month is a time to reflect and respond.  It is an opportunity to draw attention to the inequities experienced by transgender persons every day and in every part of the world.  Transgender people encounter discrimination in virtually every aspect of their lives.  For many, this can include verbal harassment and physical violence, rejection from family and community, dismissal ... Read More »

Social Security Administration Issues New Rules on Gender Designation

In late June, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published new rules that make it easier for the estimated 700,000 transgender Americans to update their Social Security records to reflect their gender designation. Under the new rules, a transgender person can change their gender on their Social Security records in one of two ways: either by submitting government-issued documentation reflecting a ... 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 »

Institute of Medicine Releases Groundbreaking Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

WASHINGTON, DC —  On March 31, 2011, at an 11:00 AM press conference at the Melrose Hotel (2430 Pennsylvania Ave NW), the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) will release a new report on health issues impacting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population, titled The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation ... Read More »