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S23-701 Exploring History and Healing Practices with Black Queer, Transgender, and Gender Non-conforming Folx

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

700 Professional Growth & Development
Randall Leonard, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



Black Queer individuals are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, lack of access to competent healthcare providers, and legitimately hold mistrust of medical institutions, pushing those at the crossroads of these identities out of receiving much-needed healthcare and treatment. This workshop will explore the unique history of Black Queer folx, the colonial legacy of gender and its impact on the Black community, barriers to seeking and receiving services, and best practices for holding effective healing spaces.



Randall Leonard, LCSW-C Related Seminars and Products

Maryland-native Randall Leonard (they/them/theirs) is a proud nonbinary licensed clinical social worker specializing in the care of LGBTQIA individuals.  They currently hold healing space focused on the liberation of Black and Queer people through encouraging authenticity, reconnecting to history and lineage, and empowering shared lived experiences. They also facilitate a weekly group for trans and gender-diverse people of color to process intersectionality topics between race, culture, and gender. 


Randall holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a concentration in clinical behavioral health. As a strong advocate for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, their recent achievements include testifying for the “X” gender marker on Maryland driver’s licenses passed and enacted in 2019, and being featured as part of Sephora’s 2019 “Belong to Something Beautiful” gender-diversity campaign.

Agenda & Learning Objectives



9:45 - 10:00 

Registration/Log On 

10:00 – 11:30 


11:30- 11:45    


11:45 – 1:15 

Lecture (Continued) 


Questions & Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:


  • Improve their knowledge about the Black Queer community 

  • Describe the effects of colonization on the invalidation of Black gender diversity 

  • Explain how to engage and support Black Queer community members “where they are at”   

Bibliography & References


Be the Conversation: Baltimore/DC transgender needs assessment study (2018). Retrieved from

Boag, P. (2011). Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past (First ed.). University of California Press.
Fairchild, Halford. (2000). African American Psychology. 

Hawn, T. (2020). Cultural awareness in therapy with trans and gender non-conforming adults and older people: A practical guide. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Hawn, T. (2021). The gender identity guide for parents: Compassionate advice to help your child be their most authentic self. Rockridge Press

Keuroghlian A. (2018) Suicide Risk and Prevention for LGBTQ People. Webinar for The Fenway Institute.

LGBT Demographic Data Interactive. (January 2019). Los Angeles, CA: The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. Retrieved from

Lugones M. (2016) The Coloniality of Gender. In: Harcourt W. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Murray, S. O., Roscoe, W., & Epprecht, M. (2021). Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies in African Homosexualities (Suny Press Open Access) (Reprint ed.). SUNY Press.

Russell, S. T., Pollitt, A. M., Li, G., & Grossman, A. H. (2018). Chosen Name Use Is Linked to Reduced Depressive Symptoms, Suicidal Ideation, and Suicidal Behavior Among Transgender Youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 63(4), 503-505.

Shaia, Wendy & Avruch, David & Green, Katherine & Godsey, Geneen. (2019). Socially-Engineered Trauma and a New Social Work Pedagogy: Socioeducation as a Critical Foundation of Social Work Practice. Smith College Studies in Social Work. 1-26. 10.1080/00377317.2019.1704146.

Snorton, R. C. (2017). Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (3rd ed.). Univ Of Minnesota Press.

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after 4/26/23 will incur an additional $20 late fee.

*Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.

*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

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  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

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  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

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