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Describe the issues unique to lesbians, gay men, or bisexuals. Identify and explain the implications of these unique issues for counseling/therapy.

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Research indicates that discrimination against individuals are based on race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, religion, political affiliation, and/or sexual orientation is a way of life in the United States (Pope, Barret, Szymanski, Chung, Singaraveiu et al., 2004). Even though mental health professionals agree that same-sex behavior does not represent abnormality, research shows that gay and lesbian issues include homophobic violence and discrimination (e.g., Goldberg, 2010; Sullivan & Harrington, 2009). As Pope et al. (2004) note, gay persons encounter several barriers that can affect both their lives, and their well being. This discussion is focused on two of those issues that include parenting and access to health care.

(1) Describe the issues unique to lesbians, gay men, or bisexuals.

The issue of gay parenting is one that is current and highly controversial. Discussions emerges as to how do lesbian and gay men decide to become parents and what route do they take to parenthood (e.g., adoption, alternative insemination, surrogacy), and how their lives be affected by these changes [e.g., relationships and /or identities] (Goldberg, 2010). In other research lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Sullivan and Harrington (2005) draw attention to several barriers to adoption that may be experienced by same-sex couples that include: (a) perceived characteristics of children, (b) related to perceived characteristics of ...

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This solution describes issues unique to Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) persons in counseling therapy.

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