Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ)

People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) are members of every community, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all faiths and socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the country. Whether we identify as members of the LGBTQ community, as friends, colleagues, and/or as service providers, social workers are key allies in the vital efforts to ensure wellness, safety, and equity for all LGBTQ people. 

Social workers have a shared commitment to promoting laws, policies and programming that affirm, support, and value LGBTQ individuals, families, and communities. 

This page provides tools and resources to enhance social workers’ capacity to support LGBTQ people across the lifespan. The NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues is comprised of social workers committed to social justice and inclusion.

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NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines

Our standards provide benchmarks for the services that social workers should provide, that employers should support, and that consumers should expect.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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