LGBTQ Affirming

I want to take a moment to mention the “Spectrum of Competency” when it comes to working with folks in the LGBTQ community.  A professional colleague of mine, Heather Stambaugh, has taken the time to write a thoughtful article about it on her blog, to help both professionals and clients understand, and keep in perspective, the skills and limitations a professional can have, when working with folks in this community.   (She is being kind enough to allow me to share her lovely graphic with you here.)

For myself, I would describe my experience as being on the high end of “Aware.”  I have worked with people in the LGBTQ community, have personal experience within the community, and started attending the annual, professional trainings that are available at the Philly Trans Wellness Conference (formally Trans Health Convention) starting in 2016.