A recent change in policy that would allow discrimination against those in the LGBTQIA+ community and disabled persons has been undone.

According to a report from the Texas Tribune, advocates opposed a move by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners which would remove protections of the disabled and those in the LGBTQIA+ community seeking social work services.

In layman's terms, social workers would be allowed to refuse service to a person due to a disability or because of their orientation - both being highly discriminatory.

The rule has been reversed, and legislators will revisit the matter in 2021. In the mean time, the Texas Attorney General's Office has been asked to review the changes.

“We are so grateful for the vote to keep the anti-discrimination protections in place,” said Will Francis, executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. “This is a recognition of the key principle that a social worker’s personal beliefs must never impede a person’s right to self-determination or access to services.”

 

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