- Subject index
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 17: Being Bisexual in the Counseling Professions: Deconstructing Heterosexism
In preparing to write this narrative, I have felt myriad emotions. I am proud to have been asked to do so. I am nervous about what people will think. I am hopeful that I have something to say: something that will contribute uniquely to the ongoing development of the field of counseling, as one that truly understands diversity issues, not only on an intellectual level but on an emotional one as well. The field has been enormously facilitative of my identity development in the context of my heterosexist upbringing. Still, heterosexism in the counseling profession contributes to the artificial dichotomization of sexual orientation, which has been ...