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Affirmative Practice

Understanding and Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Person

LGBT themes are now central in American culture and politics, no longer the province of a small band of committed scholars and specialized practitioners. Hunter and Hickerson have given us the most informative, comprehensive, and richly detailed book on practice with LGBT persons to date. It is built upon a rock solid foundation of scholarship and practice experience, yet it is immensely readable. Ranging across history and context to current practice at the individual, family, group, institutional, and community levels, this culturally sensitive work promises to be the most useful LGBT resource on the bookshelves of practitioners, educators, scholars, researchers, and students from many professions. The up-to-date bibliography alone makes Affirmative Practice worth owning—it is a tour de force!

Joan Laird, MSW, LCSW

Professor Emerita, Smith University, Hadley, Massachusetts


Affirmative Practice traces the development of LGBT identities and communities from the margins to the mainstream. It provides a nuanced understanding of the social, political and interpersonal impact of sexual prejudice, and gives guidance on working with clients in myriad practice settings. The authors place current research from multiple disciplines in the context of social work practice, offering guidelines for intervention at individual, organizational, community and macro levels. An exhaustive resource for students and practitioners, Affirmative Practice will inform and enhance your work with LGBT clients, families and communities.

Caitlin Ryan, MSW, ACSW

Director of Policy Studies, Institute on Sexuality, Inequality & Health, San Francisco State University


Hunter and Hickerson have written a well-organized and well-researched textbook for students and an excellent resource for practitioners in the field. They thoroughly examine LGBT issues from youth through older adulthood and across macro, mezzo, and micro levels of practice. This is a wonderful book with clear, crisp, and understandable language that captures the complexity of current issues pertaining to affirmative practice with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons.

Deana F. Morrow, PhD, LPC, LCSW, ACSW

Professor, School of Social Work, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Reading this book is like sitting down to a five-course meal. Hunter and Hickerson have set an impressive table with their abundant references and use of historical content and theoretical overview. Once readers have been prepared for the substantial meal to come, they are presented with an extensive menu that covers practice issues with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families, as well as work with larger communities and systems. Affirmative Practice should be required reading for every social work student and educator.

Evelyn P. Tomaszewski, ACSW

Project Director, HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project, Staff, National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues, National Association of Social Workers