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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 16: Through Racism and Homophobia: An Ally's Journey
My parents immigrated to the United States from the Philippines when I was 8 months old, so I never knew of my cultural homeland growing up. As the oldest of five siblings, my parents wanted us to learn and appreciate U.S. culture. As much as my parents wanted my brothers and sister and me to be fully immersed in U.S. culture, they also kept us tied to our Filipino heritage. They would often talk to us about our relatives in the Philippines and their own childhood memories. One of the main ways we remained tied to our Filipino heritage was through the foods that my mother (and grandmother, ...