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Sexual and Gender Diversity Resources for Field Instructors and Students

Our Mission: To support social workers in creating a culture where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) identities are accepted and celebrated.
This resource page is intended to be a starting point for social work students and field advisors who would like to learn more about LGBTQ identity and culture. There are links to additional resources here as well as definitions of some key terms and concepts. That said, remember that there are many different resources in the community and a variety of understandings of the terms and concepts presented here. Please consider these resources as a starting point from which we hope you will further explore concepts of sexual and gender identity and social equality more fully.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or would like additional support, please contact Rebecca Brigham, field director, at

On-Campus Support  
•    LGBTQ Social Work Student Caucus
           All members can be reached via email at
•    UNC School of Social Work Field Director Rebecca Brigham:
•    UNC LGBTQ Center
•    Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
•    UNC Chapel Hill nondiscrimination policy
•    Out in the Field Brochure
•    UNC School of Social Work Diversity Webpage

Additional Resources
•    PFLAG: Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
•    HRC Ally’s Guide to Issues Facing the LGBT Community
•    Coming Out As a Supporter
•    What May Help What May Hurt

Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary People

  • The Impact of Misgendering
  • Understanding Non-Binary People: How to be Respectful and Supportive
  • Creating Inclusive Classrooms for Transgender Students

Intersecting Identities
•    National Black Justice Coalition
•    Exploring Multiple Identities

Coming Out
•    Out Loud on Story Corps
•    HRC Resource Guide to Coming Out

•    Safe Zone
The purpose of Safe Zone is to create a network of allies that people can talk to about sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

•    North Carolina Pride
•    NC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The definitions in this pdf link come directly from resources provided by the UNC LGBTQ Center and the University of Michigan’s Spectrum Center.

Please Note: It is very important to respect others’ chosen self-identifications. One should never assume another person’s identity based on that person’s appearance. It is always best to respectfully ask people how they identify, including what pronouns they prefer, and to respect their wishes.