LGBTQIA2S+ Policy & News

EP87: Supporting LGBTQIA2S+ Youth in 2022

NASW Social Work Talks podcast

Jun 29, 2022

Social worker Caitlin Ryan, founder and Executive Director of the Family Acceptance Project, talks about how social workers can help families support their children who are LGBTQIA2S+.

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How Social Workers Can Help People Who Are LGBTQIA+ Overcome Addiction

NASW Social Work Talks podcast

Mar 16, 2022

Kyle Temple and Rio BauceKyle Temple and Rio Bauce discuss how social workers can help people who are LGBTQIA+ overcome addiction to substances.

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NASW opposes legislation that seeks to restrict freedom and human rights of people who are LGBTQ+

NASW news release

Mar 09, 2022

NASW strongly opposes legislation in multiple states intended to restrict the freedoms and human rights of LGBTQ+ people. The Florida Parental Rights in Education bill, which is being labeled as the “Don't Say Gay” bill, is a politically motivated, shameful attack that will harm the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals and students.

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NASW Condemns Efforts to Redefine Child Abuse to Include Gender-Affirming Care

NASW news release

Feb 22, 2022

NASW condemns Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s direction to the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services to implement Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion to treat age-appropriate, medically necessary, gender-affirming treatment as child abuse.

Although these cruel, politically motivated actions are non-binding, they perpetuate transphobia, and further harm the mental health and well-being of transgender and gender expansive youth by attempting to eliminate life-saving access to essential health services.

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Every Month is Pride Month

NASW Social Work Talks podcast

Jul 15, 2021

Rick MillerGuest Rick Miller is a clinical social worker in private practice in Boston and on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Rick is founder of the organization Gay Sons and Mothers. 

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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.

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Happy Pride Month from NASW!

Jun 16, 2020

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

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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.

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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."

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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.

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