Queer Caucus


The Queer Caucus is made up of and open to queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning) identified social work faculty and students and their allies in Canada.  The Queer Caucus provides an opportunity for queer members of CASWE-ACFTS to have a voice regarding queer issues, needs and concerns in the work of the CASWE-ACFTS.  Further to this, the Queer Caucus creates space for information sharing, ongoing dialogue and networking among social work students and faculty across Canada. The Chair of the Queer Caucus is Antoine Coulombe


The CASWE-ACFTS Queer Caucus E-Mail Communication System is an online communication platform hosted by CASWE-ACFTS to allow members of its Queer Caucus to be in touch throughout the year. Within this System countrywide discussions can take place, announcements posted and resources shared.  It is also a place to plan activities at the CASWE-ACFTS annual Conference at Congress, work on the potential establishment of a Queer Caucus structure and ongoing activities among other issues.

Members of the CASWE-ACFTS Queer Caucus E-Mail Communication System are welcome to use the E-Mail Communication System to send emails relevant to the CASWE-ACFTS Queer Caucus.   This may include but is not limited to:

  • Field-related announcements
  • Calls for papers
  • Calls for research collaborations
  • Upcoming conferences
  • Workshops, panels, think tanks, symposia, webinars, etc.
  • Book launches
  • Requests for information
  • Open question

Please join us on Facebook and Twitter: @CASWEQCaucus

Other information

Report  – “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) and the CASWE-ACFTS Accreditation Standards and Procedures” – available here: CASWE-ACFTS – Queer Caucus Accreditation & Procedures Report
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The purpose of preparing this report is to review current CASWE-ACFTS Accreditation Standards and Procedures to ensure that sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) issues are adequately addressed in undergraduate and graduate social work curriculum in Canada. The findings in this report, along with further consultation with members of the CASWE-ACFTS Queer Caucus, will be shared with the CASWE-ACFTS Education Policy Committee as part of its review of the Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards 2019 (EPAS2019). This report is considered a beginning tool in the CASWE-ACFTS Queer Caucus’ ongoing consultation with the Education Policy Committee’s work on EPAS2019.

Book  – “LGBT People and Social Work. Intersectional Perspectives” – available from https://www.canadianscholars.ca/books/lgbtq-people-and-social-work

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This unique edited collection addresses issues impacting the well-being of LGBTQ individuals with diverse identities to help students, practitioners, educators, and policymakers work with sensitivity and strength in the LGBTQ communities. Edited by three expert LGBTQ scholars, this engaging book offers a multiplicity of perspectives through the works of practitioners, students, and activists.By focusing on intersectionality and its application to social work practice, organizational change, and the pursuit of social justice, this text gives voice to previously silenced members of the LGBTQ community. The contributors of this important collection deepen insight into the diversity of identities within LGBTQ communities and provide many thoughtful recommendations to inform future social work pedagogy, agency policy, and forms of practice in diverse contexts and fields of service. This book is a valuable resource for students in Social Work, Community Medicine, Counselling Psychology, Nursing, Equity Studies, and Gender Studies, as well as anyone engaged in social service work.

Book  – “Queering Social Work Education” – available from http://www.ubcpress.ca/search/title_book.asp?BookID=299175392

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Until now there has been a systemic failure within social work education to address the unique experiences and concerns of LGBTQ individuals and communities. Queering Social Work Education, the first book of its kind in North America, responds to the need for theoretically informed, inclusive, and sensitive approaches in the field. This completely original collection of essays combines history and personal narratives with much-needed analyses and recommendations. It opens with chapters contextualizing LGBTQ history, theory, and issues. It then offers first-hand accounts of oppression, resistance, and celebration. Finally, it reflects on the current state of social work education and makes essential recommendations for improvement. By equipping readers with a new awareness of and sensitivity to queer issues, this book contributes positively to the future of social work education, research, policy, and practice.

Book – “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities” – available from http://policypress.co.uk/lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-trans-health-inequalities

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This ground-breaking book examines inequalities experienced by LGBT people and considers the role of social work in addressing them.The book is organised in three parts: the first provides a policy context in four countries, the second examines social work practice in tackling health inequalities, and part three considers research and pedagogic developments. The book’s distinctive approach includes international contributions, practice vignettes and key theoretical perspectives in health inequalities, including social determinants of health, minority stress, ecological approaches and human rights.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities is relevant to social work educators, practitioners and students, alongside an interdisciplinary audience interested in LGBT health inequalities.

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