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Alternative Title

Emerging LGBTQ affirmative social services and psychotherapy

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Masters Thesis

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Master of Social Work


School for Social Work


Sexual minorities-Counseling of, Sexual minorities-Mental health services, Positive psychology, LGBT Affirmative, LGBT, LGBTQ, Queer, Counseling, Psychotherapy, HIV/AIDS, Oral history, Philadelphia, Homosexuality, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, History, Social work, Gender nonconforming


This thesis reports on the preliminary oral history findings collected for a larger national study directed by David S. Byers and Stephen Vider. The findings reported here focus on the experiences of clinicians and social service providers in Philadelphia, PA. Other student research assistants, Dexter Rose, José Hernandez, and Sarah B. Jenkins, conducted similar field research in Seattle, Washington, Los Angeles, California, and Boston, Massachusetts. All research completed by students was under the supervision of the principal investigators for the purposes of the larger study.

This exploratory study’s purpose was to document the stories of the clinicians and social service providers who pioneered LGBTQ affirmative services in the years 1960-1987. Interviews were coded using thematic analysis. I conducted 13 semi-structured interviews to explore how participants developed LGBTQ affirmative counseling and social services despite national leadership.




iii, 98 pages : color illustration. Includes bibliographical references (pages 87-88)