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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 4: Over the Rainbow: My Experiences as an Ally
I am not a lesbian or bisexual woman, nor do I play one on TV. I am, however, a lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) ally in both my personal and professional life. I live in this world as an African American, heterosexual, married woman, mother of none, nonreligious, a counseling psychologist and college professor, born, raised, and currently living in the Midwest. I have other identities, of course, but those are the ones most salient at this stage in my life. Some of the aforementioned aspects of my identity have been particularly relevant in my development as an LGB ally. My journey over the rainbow to becoming ...