In this paper, approaches of queer theory - detached from heteronormative ways of thinking - will be put into context to social work. First, the historical and social-political roots of the term ,queer’ will be elaborated. Followed by a description of the founding paradigms of queer the- ory and gender studies, background circumstances of several LGBTIQ* (lesbian-gay- bise- xual-transsexual-transgender-intersexual-queer) movements will be given. Additionally there will be a political and historical short summary of queer movements in the USA. In the follo- wing part, the linguistic location of terms of diversity born from the LGBTIQ* community will be explained. After various sources of literature of social science and social work are scree- ned for their views of queer content and its significance for social work, there will be a sub- sequent description of the challenges of queer content in expert’s literature and concepts. This shall provide a perspective that strengthens the profession of social work by creating future outlooks and revealing possible demands.