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Deconstructing Heterosexism in the Counseling Professions uses the personal narratives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual counseling psychologists and counselor educators to deconstruct the heterosexist discourse in the counseling professions, envision a discourse of sexual orientation equity, and make practical suggestions for addressing sexual orientation in professional life. The narrative approach encompasses a diversity of stories and experiences including an emphasis on racial and cultural contexts. These narratives and their analyses serve as a means for the individual and collective self examination that is needed to move LGB affirmative practice, training, and scholarship from the margins to the center of what it means to be a counseling professional.

Deconstructing, Envisioning, and Making Practical Suggestions
Deconstructing, envisioning, and making practical suggestions

The purpose of the final section of the book is to employ the preceding narrative-oriented chapters to explicitly deconstruct the professional discourse on sexual orientation and to make suggestions for navigating and creating positive change in this discourse. The task of writing these chapters was daunting because the authors wanted to do justice to the compelling work of the preceding chapter authors, who courageously and forthrightly shared their personal experiences. The authors of these last three chapters sought to integrate the narrative material in creative and useful ways that could facilitate insight into the current discourse on sexual orientation, as well as illuminate practical paths toward action in challenging heterosexism and working toward equity.

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