LGBTQ Issues

Friday, April 1, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #618, Room 210A, Table 3
Facilitating Empowering and Affirming LGBTQQIA Youth Groups
30-Minute Roundtable Session
Jennifer M. Gess, Melissa Luke         
Professional counselors in clinical and school setting have an ethical imperative to affirm, respect, and promote social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth, teens, and their families (ALGBTIC, 2009; ALGBTIC LGBQQIA Competencies Taskforce, 2013). The purpose of this roundtable is to provide a framework for facilitating an empowering and affirming LGBTQ+ youth group.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Program ID #630, Room 210A, Table 5
Genderism in the LGBTQQIA Community: Implications for Counselors
30-Minute Roundtable Session, Advanced
Laura B. Farmer, Rebekah Byrd         
Binary ways of thinking about gender and affectional orientation permeate broader society—male-female, woman-man, gay-straight, to name a few. Such binary thought may even contribute to further marginalization within, among, and between individuals of the LGBTQQIAA2P community. The presenters of this roundtable will share findings of their study of genderism in the LGBTQQIAA2P community and facilitate discussion of the themes with implications for counselors, counselor educators, and clinical supervisors.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Program ID #637, Room 210A, Table 2
“I Want To Be Who I Am”: Stories of the Lives of Transgender Persons
30-Minute Roundtable Session, Advanced
Gerard F. Cavanaugh         
The current explosion of “information” about transgender people is limited and generally comes from the relative “celebrity” of the individual. This roundtable focuses on the lives of 16 transgender men and women as they negotiated the human condition from earliest childhood through adulthood and transition. Study participants range in age from the mid 20s to late 60s and describe in detail the changes and accommodations needed to survive in a social milieu that remains relatively hostile.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #643, Room 210A, Table 3
What’s in a Name: How We Label Our Sexual Orientation, and the Difference That It Makes
30-Minute Roundtable Session
Stacy A. Pinto         
Sexual orientation self-identification (SOSI) is a complex process. The labels that individuals use to identify their sexual orientation do not consistently represent the intended construct. Assigning a label to one’s sexual orientation can impact their movement through the world, influencing various aspects of their expression. This roundtable explores how SOSI is shaped, how it impacts lives, and how counselors can use this information to better serve sexual minority and non-sexual minority individuals alike.


Sunday, April 3, 2016
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Program ID #658, Room 210A, Table 3
The Intersection of Christianity and Sexuality in Gay Seventh-Day Adventist Men
30-Minute Roundtable Session
Brad Hinman, Christopher Lacefield
This roundtable provides some insight into how men who identify as gay and Seventh-day Adventist, a traditionally conservative Christian worldview, may resolve the dissonance that arises when powerful contradictory messages about aspects of their personal identity collide. Attendees will discover strategies that some clients may use to come to terms with these emotionally charged topics, challenges they faced, and ways they navigated that intersection successfully.