Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender

People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all faiths and socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the country. Whether we identify as members of the LGBT community, as friends and colleagues, and/or as service providers, social workers are key allies in the necessary efforts to ensure wellness, safety, and equity for all LGBT persons. Social workers have a shared commitment to promoting laws, policies and programming that affirm, support, and value LGBT individuals, families, and communities. 

This page provides tools, information, and resources to enhance social workers’ capacity to support LGBT persons across the lifespan. The NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues is comprised of social workers committed to social justice and inclusion.

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