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The Unmet Needs Of LGBT Youth: Social Welfare System Failures In The US

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy Consultant

System Failure: How We Are Failing LGBT Youth

The June 26th #MacroSW chat, System Failure: How We Are Failing LGBT Youth, was a great success. The chat covered the unmet needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in the social welfare system. You can read the transcript below.

These are the resources I used to put the chat together. They are included in the transcript but I wanted to make it easier for people to access.


Affirmative Practice: Understanding and Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender persons Ski Hunter and Jane C. Hickerson

Reports & Stats

News Articles
National Anti-Violence Project:
Twitter handle @antiviolence
GLSEN – Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network:
Twitter handle @GLSEN
The Trevor Project:
Twitter handle @Trevor Project
The next chat will be on July 10th at 9:00 PM (eastern). #MacroSW chat is a collaboration between the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), the University of Southern California School of Social Work, The University at Buffalo School of Social Work, and Karen Zgoda, Ph.D. Candidate at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.
The chat focus on issues important to macro social work practitioners. They are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month on Twitter. To participate simple use the hashtag #MacroSW in your tweets.


Photo Credit: By See-ming Lee 李思明 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/) (Flickr) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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