You Don't Look Like a Lesbian: A Coautoethnography of Intersectional Identities in Counselor Education

Megan Speciale*, Jennifer Gess, Stacy Speedlin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Although advocacy lies at the core of the counseling professional identity, the voices and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) students and educators are frequently silenced and marginalized within academic settings. Utilizing coconstructed autoethnography, the authors examine the ways in which the intersecting identities of LGBTQQIA individuals are individually, culturally, and systemically privileged and oppressed within counseling classrooms, curricula, and program policies. The authors discuss guidelines for interrogating and disrupting heteronormativity and other macro- and microaggressive practices in academic spaces and specified standards to ensure an affirming and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-272
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • LGBTQ
  • autoethnography
  • counselor education
  • intersectionality
  • microaggressions
  • queer feminist theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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