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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.
Chapter 10: Becoming Visible: A Balance of Challenge and Support
Beginning this narrative has been one of the most difficult and challenging experiences of my life. I did not know or understand at first why I could not just sit down and “crank this out,” as my advisor put it. I have procrastinated and put this off for months, and I have gone to great lengths to explain to myself and others why “I have nothing to write about” and that “I don't know what experiences I have to offer.” But after much soul-searching and several difficult discussions with some of my closest mentors, I have realized that I do have quite a bit to write about. ...