* When clients face hostile, unwelcoming, or heterocentric social service environments, they are at greater risk of not benefiting from social services. LGBTQ social workers cannot thrive as professionals when working in environments that discriminate against them.
* Schools and social service agencies are primary sites where values are reproduced. They are therefore the ideal setting to promote tolerance and unlearn prejudice.
* The National Association of Social Workers'(NASW) Code of Ethics names “social justice” and the “dignity and worth of the person” as two of its six core values.
* The NASW Standards for Cultural Competence charges social workers with the ethical responsibility to be competent in practice models relevant to the needs of diverse client populations.
* The Standards itemizes not only sexual orientation, but also gender identity.