Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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330 pages
9 x 6 inches
July 2015
Print ISBN: 9781551307268


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.

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Table of Contents

Intersecting LGBTQ People and Social Work: An Introduction, Tracy A. Swan, Brian J. O’Neill, and Nick J. Mulé

Chapter 1: The Politicized Queer, the Informed Social Worker: Dis/Re-Ordering the Social Order, Nick J. Mulé
Chapter 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-Peart
Chapter 3: Queer Disability and the Reality of Homo-Ableism, Lawrence Shapiro
Chapter 4: The Invisibility Paradox: Oppression and Resilience in the Context of LGBT Aging, Louise Stern
Chapter 5: Cross-Dancing as Culturally Restorative Practice, Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour
Chapter 6: The Silent B: The Erasure of Bisexuality, Ron Goodine

Chapter 7: Transfeminist Theory and Action: Trans Women and the Contested Terrain of Women’s Services, Jake Pyne
Chapter 8: Beyond Stress and Burden: Exploring the Intersectionality of Gay Caregiving, Hossein Kia
Chapter 9: Child Welfare Practice with Sexual Minority and Gender-Diverse Youth: A Social Justice Perspective, D. Margo Nelson
Chapter 10: Collaboration and Affirmation: Supporting Younger Lesbian and Bisexual Women and Transgender Youth in Small Cities and Rural Communities, Wendy Hulko
Chapter 11: Collective Trauma as a Personal/Social Concern for LGBTTTSQ Persons, Susan McGrath, Bill Lee, Ken Moffatt, Mirna Carranza, and Andrea Lagios
Chapter 12: Roadblocks and Pathways to Settlement: Experiences and Needs of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Newcomers, Brian J. O’Neill and Hossein Kia
Chapter 13: Resisting the Binary: The Role of the Social Worker in Affirmative Trans Health Care, X. Sly Sarkisova

Chapter 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 Coholic
Chapter 15: Somewhere over the Rainbow: Reflections on Teaching a GLBT-S Bachelor of Social Work Course, Norma Jean Profitt
Chapter 16: Qualitative Arts-Based Inquiry into Transgender Subjectivities in Social Work Education, Arkell Wiley
Chapter 17: Transformative Engagement in LGBTQ Student/Field Instructor Relationships, Tracy A. Swan and Sheri M. McConnell
Chapter 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 Bonisteel

Contributor Biographies

Brian J. O'Neill

Brian J. O’Neill is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia.

Tracy A. Swan

Tracy A. Swan was an Associate Professor with the School of Social Work at Memorial University until her retirement the summer of 2014.

Nick J. Mulé

Nick J. Mulé is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at York University.


"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."

"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."

"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."

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