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NASW joined ACLU to get temporary restraining order in Texas transgender child case

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BACKGROUND: Texas attorney general Paxton issued a legal opinion that said gender affirming treatment/procedures constitute child abuse. Based on that legal opinion, Texas Governor Abbott instructed DCPS to conduct CPS investigations on any of these “abusive” gender affirming procedures.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) requested a temporary restraining order (TRO) in district court to prevent Texas DCPS from conducting ... 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 joins amicus brief supporting rights of transgender athletes

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), along with several other organizations committed to women’s rights, joined the Soule v. CIAC amicus brief led by National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). The brief supported the Connecticut’s Interscholastic Athletic Conference policy that allows K-12 athletes to participate in sports consistent with their gender identity. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a far-right conservative Christian group, challenged ... 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 »

Social Worker of the Year Zander Keig talks about his hopes for transgender people during Biden Administration

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Coast Guard Veteran Zander Keig, MS, MSW, LCSW, is the National Association of Social Workers Social Worker of the Year. Keig has devoted his entire career to promoting the dignity and health of people who are transgender, living with a mental illness, or serving in our nation’s military. He is currently a senior clinical consultant and is an advanced mental ... Read More »

Join the #TransKids #SoFierce Campaign on March 31

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Each year on March 31, the world marks International Transgender Day of Visibility as a time to raise awareness around the discrimination that people who are transgender experience and celebrate people who are transgender from around the world who courageously live their lives openly and authentically. So far in 2020, more than 200 bills in 18 states been proposed to ... Read More »

Circuit Court rules in favor of transgender students who NASW supported

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The 9th Circuit court on February 12 issued its decision in the case, Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School Dist. No. 2.  The court ruled in favor of transgender students’ rights to be safe in schools. The Court correctly ruled that the Oregon school’s policy that allows transgender students, and all students, to use bathrooms consistent with their self-identified gender ... 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 »

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 »