LGBT oppression, sexualities and radical social work today

Laura Miles

in Radical social work today

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428189
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303138 | DOI:
LGBT oppression, sexualities and radical social work today

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Oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is an issue with which social workers and social-work educators need to concern themselves. In 1975, Don Milligan wrote a groundbreaking chapter in the Bailey and Brake collection entitled ‘Homosexuality: sexual needs and social problems’. Although it is undeniable that progress has occurred since the mid-1970s in terms of formal equality rights and legislation and the general liberalisation in social attitudes with regard to sexual orientation and gender expression, there is still a long way to go both more broadly within society and within social work itself in fighting oppression, promoting equality, and struggling for liberation. This chapter deals with LGBT oppression, sexualities, and radical social work in Britain today. It examines changes to the LGBT experience since 1975, the prevalence of sexual orientation and gender variance in British society, and the teaching of social-work courses. The chapter also offers a number of suggestions in regard to social-work training and practice.

Keywords: Don Milligan; LBGT; oppression; liberation; radical social work; Britain; sexual orientation; gender; homosexuality

Chapter.  6389 words. 

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