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S23-705 Providing Culturally Appropriate Care for LGBTQ People of Color

Total Credits: 6 including 6 Category I CE

700 Professional Growth & Development
Randall Leonard, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
7 Hours 30 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Almost 1 in 10 Washington, DC residents identify as LGBTQ, significantly higher than any of state in the US. 43% of these residents identify as People of Color. This seminar will first explore how emotions and defense mechanisms affect human behavior in response to socially-engineered trauma. We will then explore the colonial legacy of gender and how it impacts Black and Indigenous residents. Participants will also explore unique barriers for residents seeking and receiving services, and best practices for bridging gaps in access to care. Join Maryland social worker, Randall Leonard, LCSW-C (they/them/theirs), in exploring client-centered techniques to reach, connect, and serve this large and diverse group of residents in a variety of health care settings.



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


Welcome / Introduction / Learning Objectives
9:00 – 9:15 AM

Washington D.C. : An Examination of LGBTQ People of Color
9:15 – 9:30 AM

Core Human Behaviors – Emotions and Culturally Appropriate Care
9:30 – 10:30 AM

Cultural Identity Development
10:30 – 11:15AM

11:15 – 11:30AM

Colonization and Gender
11:30 – 12:30 PM

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Gender Diversity
1:30 – 2:30 PM

Community Concepts
2:30 – 3:15 PM

3:15 – 3:30 PM

Effective Interventions
3:30 – 4:30 PM



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

  • Explain the relationship between emotions, defense mechanisms, and implicit bias in regard to Queer People of Color 

  • Understand the complex historical context of Queer history and how to help clients reconnect with that history 

  • Describe the strengths, challenges, and needs of LGBTQ People of Color in the Washington DC and DMV region 

  • Identify three (3) specific tactics to create a welcoming and affirming environment for Queer People of Color 

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.

Owens L. R. (2020). Love and rage : the path of liberation through anger. North Atlantic Books.

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 {6} 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

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $130 and includes CE credit. Registering after 7/14/23 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.

*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.
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