Transgender Rights & the Urgent Need for Social Work Advocacy

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The human rights of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are under attack at unprecedented levels all over the United States. This article begins by defining and describing human rights and explaining in detail the threats to the human rights and safety of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Finally, the article urges ongoing social work engagement in advocating for the protection of those rights by utilizing the policy window created by the Bostock v. Clayton County ruling and recent executive orders issued by the Biden Administration to promote safety for transgender and gender non-conforming community members. The article concludes with suggestions for social workers practitioners and educators.