The NASW policy statement on LGB issues states that “social work schools are expected to offer research opportunities for investigating issues of relevance to this population (while also integrating lesbian, gay, and bisexual people into general research)” (NASW, 2003, p. 229). The Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) recently convened a symposium, Enhancing the Health and Well-Being of LGBT Individuals, Families, and Communities: Building a Social Work Research Agenda, to assess the state of the scientific knowledge and to identify an approach to furthering the evidence base for practice. This symposium offered leaders in the LGBT research arena an opportunity to share research tools and ideas, address research barriers, disseminate their findings, and learn about federal funding opportunities. A comprehensive report on the symposium including Power Point presentations can be found on the IASWR Web site ( ). Through 16 presentations and formal discussants and focused discussion involving 35 attendees, it became clear that there exists a growing body of evidence as well as high interest in conducting further research relating to LGBT people and sharing the research methodology expertise that has developed in accessing this relatively “hard to reach” or “hidden” population with researchers attempting to access other such marginalized populations who are relatively under-researched. Presenters discussed the impact of oppression, the importance of community participatory research, the role of the practitioner-researcher who is also a member of the LGBT community, the variety of relationships developed in the absence of socially sanctioned relationships, the role of risk behavior in health maintenance, child development in families where both parents are of the same gender, the importance of qualitative methodology and limitations of the use of large data sets in which LGBT people have not been accessed or identified as such, and the vicissitudes of developing a research career in various academic environments.