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National Association of Social Workers

Transgender and Gender Identity Issues Policy Statement

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URL: http://www.socialworkers.org

Categories: discrimination/non-discrimination laws, health, legal, transgender issues

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NASW recognizes that there is considerable diversity in gender expression and identity among our population. NASW believes that people of diverse gender--including those sometimes called "transgender"--should be afforded the same respect and rights as any other person. NASW asserts that discrimination and prejudice directed against any individuals are damaging to the social, emotional, physical, and economic well-being of the affected individuals, as well as society as a whole, and NASW seeks the elimination of the same both inside and outside the profession, in both the public and private sectors. NASW believes that a nonjudgemental attitude toward gender diversity enables social workers to provide maximum support and services to those whose gender departs from the expected norm. Social workers and the social work profession can support and empower such persons through all phases of the healing process. Social workers must encourage the development of supportive practice environments for those struggling with gender expression and identity issues (both clients and colleagues.