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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 8: Coming Out on the Wave of Feminism, Coming to Age on the Ocean of Multiculturalism
The most effective way to keep a group out of any discourse is to keep them invisible. The struggle to be visible and validated is a common theme in contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) cultures. Prior to 1973, the experience of LGB counseling professionals was complete invisibility. It was only in 1973 that homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association) as an illness. Prior to the 70s, anyone known to be homosexual or “LGB” was at great risk to lose his or ...