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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalitiesInternational perspectives in social work$
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Julie Fish and Kate Karban

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.001.0001

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Between public neglect and private needs

Between public neglect and private needs

conceptualising approaches to LGBT issues in Italian social work

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(p.45) Two Between public neglect and private needs
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities
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Andrea Nagy

Urban Nothdurfter

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.003.0002

Discussion about LGBT issues in social work needs to take account both of the wider context, which has an impact on the lives of LGBT people and also of public debates, which construct social perceptions about them. Before focusing on LGBT issues in Italian social work, the chapter first gives an overview of the current social and political context in Italy. The chapter then examines the integration of LGBT people in social work in relation to its coverage in academic social work journals, map its inclusion in social work curricula and through a case study, analyse social worker’s practice with a young lesbian in residential care. The chapter concludes by highlighting that the ethical code of Italian social work states, that social workers are obliged to challenge discrimination in all its forms. However, social work education and social work practice must go beyond such ‘universal’ formulas in order to recognise and to understand the many faces of discrimination and oppression. Heteronormativity is a key concept in the understanding of oppression related to LGBT issues in social work, and must be introduced and handled in Italian social work education.

Keywords:   minority stress, heteronormativity, marginalization, heterosexism

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