ABSTRACT

It has now been almost two decades since the public became aware of the issues surrounding rights for lesbian/gay people (hereinafter abbreviated 1/g) via the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969 (Adams, 1987). The riots, spontaneous protests, were triggered by a police raid on an 1/g bar in Greenwich Village in New York City. This was the beginning of the fight for civil rights for 1/g people, a time to come “out of the closet” and become more open about one’s sexual orientation. As part of this relatively new openness, there have been some substantial gains in both civil and employment rights (Bamford, 1989); however, despite this, little emphasis is now placed on career counseling with 1/g clientele (Hetherington, Hillerbrand, & Etringer, 1989). In fact, the subject is notable in its absence from many of the better known texts in career counseling even though many of the same texts contain excellent sections on counseling culturally different minorities. This book seeks to remove this inequity by treating the problems of 1/g people as a totally separate group. This chapter delin-eates the issues involved in career development and counseling with 1/g clients and suggests how counselors can better address the needs of this population.