LGBT Policy & News

Every Month is Pride Month

NASW Social Work Talks podcast

Jul 15, 2021

We speak with Rick Miller, a clinical social worker in private practice in Boston and on Cape Cod, Mass. Rick is founder of the organization Gay Sons & Mothers. His publications include "Mindfulness Tools for Gay Men in Therapy" and "Unwrapped: Integrative Therapy with Gay Men and the Gift of Presence."


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

Social Work Blog

Jun 18, 2020

This week the U.S. Supreme Court made an historic decision that federal anti-discrimination laws protect gay and transgender workers. NASW wholeheartedly supports this decision and was involved in the case.


Happy Pride Month from NASW!

Jun 16, 2020

Celebrate Pride Month in 2020 and learn how NASW has advocated for people who are LGBTQ.


LGBT Stigma and Stress: How Social Workers Can Help

Social Work Advocates Magazine

Apr 15, 2020

Continued discrimination against members of the LGBT community offers an opportunity for social workers to be active across the LGBT spectrum in practice and advocacy.


NASW Remains an Advocate for LGBTQ Rights

Social Work Advocates Magazine

Dec 15, 2019

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, LCSW, writes: "Our association fights for social justice on behalf of its members and the individuals, groups and communities they serve."


The Lies and Dangers of Efforts to Change Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

The Human Rights Campaign

Oct 29, 2019

So-called “conversion therapy,” sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.


Policy and Position Statements on Conversion Therapy

The Human Rights Campaign

Oct 29, 2019

Read statements from leading organizations regarding so-call "conversion therapy," including NASW, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and more.


Episode 33: Supporting LGBTQ Youth

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

Jun 04, 2019

Ellen Kahn is a social worker and Director of the Children, Youth and Families Program at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). We speak with her about HRC's work to serve youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.


Place the interests of children in foster care first

Knox News | USA Today Network

Apr 01, 2019

Two Tennessee bills would allow agencies to refuse to serve qualified families because of their faith, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.


New York state legislation bans so-called “conversion therapy”

NASW New York State Chapter

Jan 15, 2019

New York State passed legislation to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in efforts to change a minor’s sexual orientation. NASW chapters in New York pushed for law and applaud decision.


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