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"When I first started Social Work school, I was hopeful that I was entering a profession where I could be my authentic self, a profession that accepted me for who I am, without reservation or judgement. I quickly learned this is not the case for most LGBTQ+ Social Workers around the country and the world. In fact, in juxtaposition to the NASW Code of Ethics, the opposite is true. The simple truth is that the Social Work profession has not and continues to be not welcoming to LGBTQ+ individuals. We can see this from the lack of cultural competency from our straight, cisgender peers to the accreditation of Social Work Schools in colleges and universities that allow for LGBTQ+ discrimination through title IX exemptions.
Enough is enough. Change is coming.
On June 22nd, NASW-NYS hosted the first of many QIPOC, LGBTQ+, TGNBGC town halls as a brave space for individuals within the community to speak about the oppression within the profession. A space where QIPOC, LGBTQ+, TGNBGC voices are heard without invalidation and our allies are invited to listen and learn. From these town halls, we will develop special interest groups to work on dismantling the oppression, changing the narrative, and building a safe, equitable, and socially just profession for QIPOC, LGBTQ+, TGNBGC+ individuals. Below is the recording of the town hall, I encourage all to watch and to join us for our next town hall."
Statement by Matthew S. Mackey, Xe/Xem, MSW Student
NASW-NYS Policy Assistant and Leader in "From the Ashes; We RISE" Town Hall series and Special Interest Group
LGBTQ+ Town Halls
Free and Open to All Social Workers
August 25 at 6:00pm EST: Click to Register
September 21 at 6:00pm EST: Click to Register
October 19 at 6:00pm EST: Click to Register
November 23 at 6:00pm EST: Click to Register
December 21 at 6:00pm EST: Click to Register
Special Interest Group
LGBTQ+ Community Members ONLY
No membership needed
August 31 at 6:00pm EST: Click to Register
September 28 at 6:00pm EST: Click to Register
October 26 at 6:00pm EST: Click to Register
November 30 at 6:00pm EST: Click to Register
December 28 at 6:00pm EST: Click to Register