NASW is against the military ban and any form of discrimination, including discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. The repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," the opening of combat roles to women, and lifting the ban on transgender people share a common value: that a career in the military and military job assignments should be based on merit and not on gender, gender identity or sexuality orientation.
NASW National Committee On Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Issues
In 1992, the NASW National Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues (NCLGI) issued a ground-breaking document focused on the negative and stigmatizing impact of the use of ‘transformational ministries’ or ‘conversion or reparative therapies’ in an attempt to change or modify a person’s sexual orientation (NASW, 1992). Later that decade, the NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues (NCLGBI) updated the position statement.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) supports the collective efforts of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocates and civil rights organizations to end discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
NASW, Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
Chairman Harkin and other distinguished members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, we thank you for considering our statement during this hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) supports efforts to end discrimination and harassment in the workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.
NASW & Other Signatory Organizations
We, the undersigned organizations, urge the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) to issue the PEPFAR Field Guidance on Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) without delay.
The NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues holds a position that Gender Identity Disorder, Gender Incongruence, Gender Dysphoria, Transvestic Fetishism and, Transvestic Disorder should not be considered as a mental health diagnosis and therefore should be eliminated from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM).
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