A Blueprint for Equality: A Federal Agenda for Transgender People (2015)
National Center for Transgender Equality
Washington D.C. - It’s hard to believe how much has been accomplished in twelve years. When the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) was founded in 2003, transgender people barely had a voice in the Washington offices where major federal policy decisions take place. Now we’re at every relevant meeting, and our impact is felt at almost every table where our issues are discussed. Working in collaboration with our many allies, leveraging our power by working in coalitions on every issue, NCTE has been able to advance an incredibly full agenda despite our small size. This updated Blueprint for Equality represents a new stage in our movement for transgender equality through federal policy change. We present here another ambitious agenda for the next two years, using strategies we’ve shown to be effective and relationships we’ve built with many advocates and federal agencies.”
To read the full introduction, or link to the pdf of the Blueprint for Equality, follow this link.
ACT 60 Mandated Reporting for Child Abuse
The Vermont legislature recently enacted Act 60. This new law, which came into effect July 1, 2015, changed mandated reporting procedures, some child abuse definitions, and information sharing across the system.
This memo from the Department for Children and Families (DCF) provides updated information and guidance for mandated reporters. Please review it carefully.
DCF will be launching new web-based mandated reporter training in the fall of 2015. Sign up for email updates from DCF, and you will be notified as soon as the training is available. In the meantime, you can visit http://mandatedreporters.vt.gov for the latest information.
NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual, and Transgender Issues- Position Statement
NASW May 2015
In 1992, the NASW National Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues (NCLGI) issued a ground-breaking document focused on the negative and stigmatizing impact of the use of ‘transformational ministries’ or ‘conversion or reparative therapies’ in an attempt to change or modify a person’s sexual orientation (NASW, 1992). Later that decade, the NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues (NCLGBI) updated the position statement. In 2000 the National NASW Board of Directors passed a ‘motion to adopt’ the Reparative and Conversion Therapies for Lesbians and Gay Men Position Statement (NASW, 2000). As advocacy efforts have grown, both for and against the use of conversion therapy, so has the need to educate clients and communities about the impact of these practices on individuals and families, and the implications for social work practice. In 2015, the NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (NCLGBTI) updated the position statement utilizing the umbrella term sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE).
To read the full statement, follow this link.