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Sexual Orientation, Shame, and Silence: Reflections on Graduate Training
Sexual orientation, shame, and silence: Reflections on graduate training
John M.O'BrienIndependent Practice, Portland, Maine

Growing up in a middle-class, Irish Catholic family in a suburb of Boston, I was indoctrinated into a staunchly Democratic, religiously conservative view of life and the world. I was also taught from an early age about the very real and deleterious effects of discrimination. My grandparents spoke with great pride about surviving in a world where job advertisements blatantly stated, “Irish (or Catholics) need not apply.” My grandmother would often tell me that my life would be free of prejudice and that I was destined to achieve anything I wanted.

Unlike many other lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) persons, I became aware of my ...

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