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  •  I'm afraid you are being a bit naive. (13+ / 0-)

    As a gay man, I long ago gave up on straight therapists.  I was tired of dealing with their unspoken moral judgments about gay male behavior, and I just didn't think I should have to spend my limited time (time I paid dearly for) explaining various aspects of gay life to a clueless straight person.  

    This isn't just a matter of convenience.  A gay therapist knows instinctively what questions to ask.  That can be crucial in understanding a patient's problem.  And much like racism, homophobia can be traumatic.  Having a therapist who's also experienced homophobia makes it much easier for us to work through issues that arise from it.  Similarly, even an HIV-negative gay man has been exposed to the strain of living with the threat of HIV and to the problem of HIV stigma.  These are insights a straight therapist is just not going to have.  So I can easily understand how frustrating it would be for an African-American to try to get across to a white therapist how traumatic racism is.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 01:55:52 PM PDT

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