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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.

Blessed Be the Ties that Bind
Blessed be the ties that bind
MichaelMobleyUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaStacey M.PearsonUniversity of Michigan

In this narrative on the heterosexist dominant discourse, we have decided (after careful weeks of reflection and deliberation) to tell the story of a cultural impasse we experienced during graduate school. A cultural impasse is an event resulting from a unique set of culturally based interactional dynamics that adversely affects the optimal functioning of cross-cultural interactions among individuals (Mobley & Trad, 1995).


Stacey: It was the beginning of my graduate school career, and I was quite excited by the prospect of being called “Doctor” someday. Like most students of color, I had heard numerous horror stories about racial oppression in graduate school and the loneliness and isolation from being “the ...

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