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Crashing Through the “Lavender Ceiling” in the Leadership of the Counseling Professions
Crashing through the “lavender ceiling” in the leadership of the counseling professions
MarkPopeUniversity of Missouri–St. Louis

I am a Native American gay (two-spirited) man who is physically disabled and currently works as a faculty member at a large, urban, land-grant university in the Midwest. As I said when I began my acceptance speech for the American Counseling Association's Kitty Cole Human Rights Award, I grew up as “a poor gay Cherokee boy from southeast Missouri.” That alone should qualify me for some type of cultural diversity award.

What follows are stories from my rise to two of the top leadership positions in the counseling professions, filtered through the lens of oppression. I will focus my observations ...

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