LGBTQIA2S+ Policy & News

Gender-Affirming Care Improves Mental Health and May Save Lives

WIRED Magazine

Jul 19, 2022

Scores of bills in US states aim to block medical treatments for trans youth. Research shows that these bans could have dire consequences.

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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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NASW Supports President Biden’s Historic Executive Order on Advancing Equality for LGBTQI+ Individuals

NASW news release

Jun 17, 2022

NASW supports President Biden's Executive Order that bolsters the Administration’s commitment to freedom and equality for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) individuals and lays out a plan to achieve these goals.

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Wave of LGBTQIA+ Bills Underscores Vital Role for Social Workers

Social Work Advocates magazine

Jun 15, 2022

With the recent spate of anti-LGBTQIA+ bills introduced or passed in many states, NASW and social workers are stepping up to advocate for this community, especially against legislation targeting transgender youth. 

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Stay in the Room: Allyship is About Being Present

Social Work Advocates magazine

Jun 15, 2022

Allies cannot use their power to silence voices that defer from their perceptions or beliefs. Allies must learn how to inspect their biases. Allies listen attentively to support the voice of those affected. Allies stay in the room and learn firsthand the pain suffered by those who are oppressed.

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Lee Westgate Receives Social Work Awards from University of Maryland

Social Work Advocates magazine

Jun 15, 2022

Lee Westgate, MSW, MBA, LCSW-C, (he/him/his) is the manager of policy and advocacy at NASW’s national office and the recipient of two 2022 awards from the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work.

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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 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

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

Guest 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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