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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 20: Untold Stories: Voices From the “Closet” of Counseling Professionals
“To be, or not to be (out) … that is the question.” This chapter was conceived as a means for illuminating the experiences of counseling professionals who, for a variety of reasons, might not share the stories about their own sexual orientation in a nonanonymous professional publication. The question may be raised, “Why is a chapter on the closet included in a book of narratives by professionals who speak openly about their sexual orientations?” Indeed, in an ideal world, this chapter would not be necessary. However, the decision for a counseling professional to disclose personally about his or ...