II; 2-3 cr (S-A). P: Junior Standing; BSW/social welfare majors or consent of instructor. The purpose of this course is to introduce contemporary topics related to the social welfare of gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals. Issues addressed are related to development,health disparities, family, research, history, and ethics. The course is designed to enhance student understanding of issues related to GLBT individuals in America. A life cycle perspective will be presented to highlight the unique issues of LGBT people at various stages of human development. Overlapping sexual orientation, in addition to these generational considerations, are the many other aspects of diversity present in the LGBT community, including race,ethnicity, class, gender, physical and mental abilities, religion, and national origin. Students will be exposed to empirical literature on LGBT issues that will inform their understanding of past, present, and future challenges facing the LGBT community in light of its many complexities.