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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.

Coming Out to My Homophobia and Heterosexism: Lessons Learned in the Journey of an Ally
Coming out to my homophobia and heterosexism: Lessons learned in the journey of an ally
Alan D.BerkowitzIndependent Consultant, Trumansburg, NY

The alarm had been ringing for 10 minutes. It was clear that my daughter was not waking up for school. I bounded up the stairs to try and rouse her. As she smiled in her sleep, I said, “Maybe one day you will have a girlfriend or boyfriend who wakes you up in the morning when you need help getting up.” She smiled again and rolled over.

I noticed the comfortableness of this remark. It didn't matter to me whether her lover was male or female. How did this come about? My personal ...

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