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LGBTQ People and Social Work
Edited by Brian J. O'Neill, Tracy A. Swan, Nick J. Mulé
This unique edited collection addresses issues impacting the well-being of LGBTQ individuals with diverse identities to help students, practitioners, educators, and policymakers work with sensitivity and strength in the LGBTQ communities. Edited by three expert LGBTQ scholars, this engaging book offers a multiplicity of perspectives through the works of practitioners, students, and activists.By focusing on intersectionality and its application to social work practice, organizational change, and the pursuit of social justice, this text gives voice to previously silenced members of the LGBTQ community. The contributors of this important collection deepen insight into the diversity of identities within LGBTQ communities and provide many thoughtful recommendations to inform future social work pedagogy, agency policy, and forms of practice in diverse contexts and fields of service. This book is a valuable resource for students in Social Work, Community Medicine, Counselling Psychology, Nursing, Equity Studies, and Gender Studies, as well as anyone engaged in social service work.
Table of Contents
Intersecting LGBTQ People and Social Work: An Introduction, Tracy A. Swan, Brian J. O’Neill, and Nick J. MuléPART I: CRITICAL REFLECTIONS AND INTERNAL TENSIONSChapter 1: The Politicized Queer, the Informed Social Worker: Dis/Re-Ordering the Social Order, Nick J. MuléChapter 2: “We Are Expected to Work as If We Are Not Who We Are”: Reflections on Working with Queer Black Youth, Marie-Jolie Rwigema, Onyinyechukwu Udegbe, and David Lewis-PeartChapter 3: Queer Disability and the Reality of Homo-Ableism, Lawrence ShapiroChapter 4: The Invisibility Paradox: Oppression and Resilience in the Context of LGBT Aging, Louise SternChapter 5: Cross-Dancing as Culturally Restorative Practice, Jeffrey McNeil-SeymourChapter 6: The Silent B: The Erasure of Bisexuality, Ron GoodinePART II: FIELDS OF SERVICE, PRACTICE, AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGEChapter 7: Transfeminist Theory and Action: Trans Women and the Contested Terrain of Women’s Services, Jake PyneChapter 8: Beyond Stress and Burden: Exploring the Intersectionality of Gay Caregiving, Hossein KiaChapter 9: Child Welfare Practice with Sexual Minority and Gender-Diverse Youth: A Social Justice Perspective, D. Margo NelsonChapter 10: Collaboration and Affirmation: Supporting Younger Lesbian and Bisexual Women and Transgender Youth in Small Cities and Rural Communities, Wendy HulkoChapter 11: Collective Trauma as a Personal/Social Concern for LGBTTTSQ Persons, Susan McGrath, Bill Lee, Ken Moffatt, Mirna Carranza, and Andrea LagiosChapter 12: Roadblocks and Pathways to Settlement: Experiences and Needs of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Newcomers, Brian J. O’Neill and Hossein KiaChapter 13: Resisting the Binary: The Role of the Social Worker in Affirmative Trans Health Care, X. Sly SarkisovaPART III: SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION AND PEDAGOGYChapter 14: Christian Fundamentalism and Anti-Oppressive Practice Social Work Pedagogy: Rethinking the Inclusion of Fundamentalist Beliefs within the Queer-Positive Classroom, Sarah Todd and Diana CoholicChapter 15: Somewhere over the Rainbow: Reflections on Teaching a GLBT-S Bachelor of Social Work Course, Norma Jean ProfittChapter 16: Qualitative Arts-Based Inquiry into Transgender Subjectivities in Social Work Education, Arkell WileyChapter 17: Transformative Engagement in LGBTQ Student/Field Instructor Relationships, Tracy A. Swan and Sheri M. McConnellChapter 18: Shaking the Foundations: Moving Gender and Sexual Diversity Education to the Centre of the Child and Youth Development Classroom, Andrea Ridgely, Marilyn McLean, Soni Dasmohapatra, and Mandy BonisteelContributor Biographies
"LGBTQ People and Social Work is an important and much-needed contribution to the field. It offers an expansive and thoughtful examination of the multiplicity of LGBTQ persons’ lives and of the significance of understanding how the intersection of multiple stigmatized identities can create unique challenges for sexual minorities, while also underscoring the phenomenal resiliency demonstrated by so many LGBTQ people. This is a must-read for social workers across the spectrum of practice settings and an invaluable tool for educating future social work practitioners."Melanie D. Otis, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
"An excellent collection, and long overdue, this book will be an invaluable resource for students, instructors, and practitioners in a range of fields. Through personal narratives, critical reflections on research, and theoretical pieces, contributors use an intersectional lens to consider the diverse lives and experiences that fall under the LGBTQ banner, as well as the particular challenges of those whose identities fall outside it."Susan Strega, School of Social Work, University of Victoria
"This edited collection makes a critical contribution to social work scholarship on LGBTQ people. Embracing intersectionality theory and anti-oppressive-practice principles, the authors offer thought-provoking analyses that advance theoretical and practical knowledge of the nuances and complexities of LGBTQ identities and subjectivities. In doing so, they put forward much-needed insights about ways to improve social work practice, policy, and education in support of LGBTQ social justice and inclusion. This is a must-have resource for social work students, practitioners, and educators."Michael R. Woodford, Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
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