You might be wondering, "why on earth would anyone publish a blog about this paradigmatic stuff?" Well, I tend to ask myself that same question! The reason I can give you is because it is a part of my learning process (a lifelong one) of how to become a social work scholar. This blog is my interpretation of a final project assigned for the course entitled Philosophical Bases of Social Work Knowledge Building in the Doctoral Program of the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Why LGB? Why not LGBT? Or LGBTQQTI...?
Although many people group lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-spirit, and intersex people together into one category when discussing issues of equality, civil rights, and oppression, the reality is that much of the experiences in these individuals lives vary dramatically. The differences are often vast enough that it is important to distinguish between each group within the larger group as a whole. Although many share common characteristics or common goals, it is considered by most scholars to be more socially just and more authentic to study these groups separately. Therefore, I decided to study individuals related to their sexual orientation and faith identities. That is why I make the distinction of focusing on "LGB" (lesbian, gay, and bisexual) people of faith.