Even in today's society, gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals experience multiple pressures and constraints related to their lifestyles, in addition to the stresses of everyday life. This dual tension can result in psychopathology among gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals. Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia examines the gay and lesbian experience in light of their tension and points toward a future free of heterosexism. The stress of “coming out,” the uncertainty of parenting their children, and the difficulties facing ethnic minority lesbians and bisexuals cannot be adequately addressed without confronting the heterosexual bias in society. The contributors to this informative volume propose methods geared toward eliminating heterosexual bias in various settings–health care, therapy, communities, corporate America, and education. Ultimately, this book examines both the risks and joys of being gay, lesbian, and bisexual, and how to prevent heterosexism and its effects on the lives of all people, including those of heterosexuals. Students and professionals in interpersonal communication and interpersonal relations, clinical psychology, and public health will benefit greatly from the original perspectives this book has to offer.

Preventing Heterosexism and Bias in Psychotherapy and Counseling

Preventing heterosexism and bias in psychotherapy and counseling
LauraS.Brown

Sexual minority persons—gay men, lesbians, bisexual men and women, and transgendered people—are estimated to constitute somewhere between 1% and 10% of the adolescent and adult populations, depending on the manner in which this identity is defined and sampled by research. This robust presence in the general population means that the modal psychotherapist will see at least one identified sexual minority client during her or his career (Garnets, Hancock, Cochran, Goodchilds, & Peplau, 1991). Caucasian lesbians in the United States are particularly active consumers of psychotherapy services (Ryan & Bradford, 1993), and anecdotal evidence suggests that Caucasian gay men have similar high rates of utilization. Several commentators (Brown, 1989; Gonsiorek, 1982) ...

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