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Counselling formerly heterosexually partnered gay fathers raised with religion*

Earley, Eoin; Earley, Eóin; Clarke, Victoria; Moller, Naomi

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Eoin Earley

Eóin Earley

Naomi Moller



Abstract

© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Formerly heterosexually partnered gay fathers raised with religion are an under-researched group of LGBTQ parents. This group have potentially complex coming out journeys, which can result in them seeking counselling. This research qualitatively explores the counselling experiences of 12 such men and offers suggestions for working therapeutically with them. The key finding of the qualitative analysis of the participants' interviews was that they wanted therapists to not assume a “best” outcome for them as either gay or “straight”. Instead, they wanted therapists to respect and assist them to explore their own individual sense-making around their identities and to reject fixed notions from both ex-gay and gay affirmative therapy of what it means to be a “well-adjusted” gay father.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Print ISSN 0306-9885
Electronic ISSN 1469-3534
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Earley, E., Earley, E., Clarke, V., & Moller, N. (in press). Counselling formerly heterosexually partnered gay fathers raised with religion*. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2019.1679351
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2019.1679351
Keywords ‘Coming out’; conversion therapy; ex-gay therapy; gay affirmative therapy; same-sex parenting

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling on [date of publication], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI].







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