The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community has made great strides toward equal rights in recent years. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional, many states have given LGBT parents the right to adopt, major public officials and celebrities have come out as gay or lesbian, and various entertainment media have embraced LGBT families as the â€śnew normalâ€ť in America.
That said, social workers recognize the LGBT community has many challenges ahead and the treatment of individuals who are LGBT is still a â€śTale of Two Cities.â€ť
For example, while LGBT families are shown more on TV and film, bullying of LGBT youth is still pervasive. Although many states are ending laws that discriminate against gay and lesbian people who want to marry or adopt, there are still many states that resist such changes. And as members of the LGBT community age, they face unique barriers in getting health and mental health services.
During National LGBT Pride Month in June the National Association of Social Workers will offer experts to help you better cover social issues related to the LGBT community.
Use the navigation bar above to get a list of NASW experts you can interview, topics you can cover during Pride Month, data and other resources, and a glimpse of how the LGBT community is covered in the news and entertainment media.
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