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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 7: Challenging Multiple Oppressions in Counselor Education
Being “out” as a gay, gender-variant counselor educator in a multiracial/multilingual family has led me to witness numerous instances of oppression. Oppression is defined as prejudice multiplied by power used by members of the dominant group to keep nondominant group members from accessing resources and opportunities. For example, persons from nondominant family structures, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, languages, and racial and social class identities are denied access to resources individually, culturally, and systemically via heterosexism, transgenderism, linguicism, racism, and classism. I conclude with implications for overcoming multiple oppressions in counselor education.
My noticing and naming oppressions began in the 1980s as a graduate student ...