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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 18: Crashing Through the “Lavender Ceiling” in the Leadership of the Counseling Professions
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 ...