Working respectfully and appropriately with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, and questioning (LGBTQ) clients

I attended a course on working with LGBTQ clients yesterday. One of the highlights was this thought (and tear) provoking video.

“Teen bulling and teen suicide based on someone’s sexual preference is ridiculous – and this film turns the tables on modern society. What IF the shoe was on the other foot?. ” –K.Rocco Shields (Creator/Director)

I was surprised that from some statistics quoted on the course it seems that the rates of bullying for LGBT identified children are only slightly higher than the average. Perhaps it is bullying in general rather than discrimination that is the real problem?

I am also interested that the creator of this film uses the term ‘sexual preference’. On the course we were introduced to the Ally’s Guide to Terminology and according to this ‘sexual preference’ is a term to be avoided. As is ‘homosexual’ and ‘same sex attraction’. Some good guidance in here but I don’t think I’ll be following it religiously.

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