LGBT Policy & News

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.

Transgender Issues with Zander Keig

Social Work Talks Podcast

Jan 08, 2019

Zander Keig, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social work case manager on the U.S. Navy Medicine West Regional Transgender Care Team. He's a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and co-author of three books and several journal articles. He is also a transsexual man who transitioned in 2005.

LGBT Parenting

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Dec 03, 2018

LGBT people become parents in a variety of ways, including adoption, foster parenting, donor insemination, surrogacy, and from previous heterosexual relationships. We've made great progress in protecting the relationships of LGBT parents and their children. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

New report studies parents' role in SOCE

Social Workers Speak

Nov 27, 2018

LGBT adolescents who undergo so-called conversion therapy are more likely to attempt to die by suicide, suffer from depression or under-perform in school.

A study by NASW member Caitlin Ryan, "Parent-Initiated Sexual Orientation Change Efforts With LGBT Adolescents: Implications for Young Adult Mental Health and Adjustment," studies parents’ role related to sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) with adolescents.

"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a must-see film for social workers

Social Workers Speak

Aug 30, 2018

The nuanced, often understated film from director Desiree Akhavan follows Cameron Post (played by Chloë Grace Moretz), an 11th grader who is sent to a religious gay conversion camp by her family. The film shows how adults who think they are helping young people become “normal” can do enormous psychological damage by trying to change their sexuality.

New Massachusetts Law Requires Training in LGBT Awareness for Providers of Aging Services

Fenway Health

Jul 26, 2018

Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law “An Act Relative to LGBT Awareness Training for Aging Services Providers.” The first-in-the-nation law will require that all state funded or licensed providers of services to older adults complete training in how to provide meaningful care to LGBT older adults and ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults can access services. California has a similar law, but training is limited only to those working in the field of long-term care.

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