The kinds of incidents of discrimination that we find in social work education can be categorized into a number of primary areas:

  • Blatant homophobia and transphobia
  • Omission of LGBTQ material in curricula and class content
  • Misplaced responsibility for diversity inclusion
  • Lack of facilitation skills in dealing with matters of diversity
  • Indifferent or hostile response of people in power
  • Lack and inaccessibility of infrastructure
  • Silencing of student voices in organizational decision-making bodies

Ignorance and heterosexism play out in subtle ways that can erase identities and experiences. If social work educators and students become aware of heterosexual and gender normative biases, they can work to affirm diverse identities and effectively serve LGBTQ clients in all settings.