Two films, "Boy Erased" and "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," expose harm of conversion therapy, or efforts to change a person's sexual orientation. SaraKay Smullens provides commentary on the films and history of these practices. more

Reviews & Commentary 4 Comments

This article offers BSW and MSW practitioners a framework within which to think about their work with at-risk LGBTQ-identified youth who may be facing difficulties in their coming out process. more

Practice 1 Comments

Book review of No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions more

Reviews & Commentary

Barry University MSW student Laurel Dettman writes about working with her first transgender client in her MSW field placement. more

Practice 1 Comments

There isn’t much for me to say about Orlando that hasn’t already been said. That said, it seems irresponsible and avoidant to write about anything else this week. more

Real World Clinical

Successful work with trans people requires a deft awareness of several issues. We must remain aware of our power when working with the trans population. We must also remain aware of the idiosyncratic nature of each client’s transition process. more

Real World Clinical

As many of us, as social workers, look toward becoming supportive allies of the trans community, we need to truly interrogate what it means to be an ally. more

Real World Clinical

My hope is that you will incorporate the rights of LGBTQ individuals in your lives, advocate for LGBTQ individuals in your schools, workplaces, homes, communities, places of worship, so another death like that of Lawrence King does not happen again. more


How does technology affect the evolution of safe spaces for women? Ellen Belluomini explores this question as she contemplates the end of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. more


On this day of great progress for our country, I can’t stop thinking about my coming out story. The idea of a coming out story is sort of weird, because there is not a clear beginning, middle, or end. more


Some in the media have portrayed Caitlyn Jenner’s transition as something to be shocked by or gawked at, taking seriousness away from issues of transgender rights. Let's talk about Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, and transgender rights in schools. more


As a child, I did not plan to or dream of becoming a social worker; rather, as I have traveled along my life’s path, I have felt increasingly that social work is my calling. more

Social Work Month 2015

Book review of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves by Laura Erickson-Schroth, Editor. more

Reviews & Commentary 1 Comments

Bayard Rustin's skills as an organizer, planner, and leader were highly valued by prominent leaders in the Civil Rights Movement; yet, Rustin was relegated to the background during the Movement. He was a gay man, which he guarded from public scrutiny more


Students approaching their social work field placements experience a mix of emotions, expectations, and apprehensions. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, the anticipation of the field placement may bring about issues that more

Field Placement

Heterosexism is defined as “discrimination in favor of heterosexual and against homosexual people,” based on the assumption that heterosexuality is the only so-called normal, and preferred, way of living. Heterosexism is said to render our clients’ more



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