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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 19: Fluidity in the Disclosure and Salience of My Identities
I am of European ancestry and was born with septo-optic dysplasia, a rare congenital disability that impacts endocrine and visual functioning. Therefore, I am 4'10” tall, with low vision and panhypopituitaryism. I identify with, and socialize in, Disability/Blind culture. In addition, I came out to myself as a lesbian at the age of 14 but remained closeted to my friends and family until I was 19. At 19, I became an active member in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. I have “passed” as both sighted and straight in various work settings. However, for the past 10 years, I have chosen to live “out” ...