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Darren Whitfield, MSW is a doctoral student at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. He earned his masters degree in social work from the University of Denver. His research interest is identifying and understanding critical health needs for gay men in the United States, particularly how systems of oppression influence health outcomes for gay men of color. Currently, his work focuses on the on the intersection of social identities and social positionality within the LGBT community.
Mr. Whitfield brings more than six years of practice experience working in the HIV/AIDS field. He has worked in micro practice as a Ryan White case manager and therapeutic counselor for HIV positive individuals, in macro practice as a contract monitor for Ryan White Service at the Virginia Department of Public Health and in administrative roles as the Director of Prevention and Supervisor of Care Services for the AIDS Project of Central Iowa.
In addition to practice and research experience, Mr. Whitfield has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Des Moines Area Community College in Sociology and guest lecturer at Buena Vista University in Social Work.
Differential Treatment of Transgender People in Social Services: A Social Work Response
Abstract: The present study examines the intersection of race and sexual orientation in the experience of discrimination among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. The results of the study suggest that while a majority of LGBTQ individuals report being victims of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, racial minorities experience even greater levels of anti-LGBTQ discrimination than do White LGBTQ people. The findings suggest that the intersection of race and sexual orientation creates elevated levels of discrimination risk beyond the already elevated rates of discrimination experienced by members of the LGBTQ community for LGBTQ racial minorities.