Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives offers a comprehensive introduction to the history and theory of narrative therapy. Influenced by feminist, postmodern, and critical theory, this edited volume illustrates how we make sense of our lives and experiences by ascribing meaning through stories that arise within social conversations and culturally available discourses.

Internalized Homophobia: Lessons from the Mobius Strip

Internalized Homophobia: Lessons from the Mobius Strip

Internalized homophobia: Lessons from the mobius strip
Glenda M.Russell

For the past decade or more, I have been thinking about the construct referred to as internalized homophobia. Internalized homophobia typically refers to a process whereby lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people “internalize” the negative beliefs and feelings held about LGBT people in North American societies.1 The term, coined in 1972 by George Weinberg (1972), is used widely in psychological circles and has also migrated to nonpsychological venues. It is not uncommon for LGBT people to call upon the notion of internalized homophobia in personal, social, and even political settings, and it seems clear that the construct speaks to some experiences that many LGBT people have had. Indeed, the concept ...

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