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date: 30 September 2020

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Social class is an important construct for understanding lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) issues. In this chapter, the authors provide an overview of LGB issues in the United States from a multidiscliplinary perspective through a sociopolitical lens to inform counselors and psychologists trying to understand the implications of social class within the context of sexual orientation. Sexual identity development models are critiqued from a social class perspective. Literature is reviewed in the following areas with specific application to diverse LGB persons: career development theory, the Capital Acquisition Paradigm, and health issues in LGB communities. A case example is offered to illustrate how intersecting identities can be manifested in a person who may seek the services of a mental health practitioner, followed by recommendations for culturally competent counseling to LGB persons using the social class worldview model (SCWM). The chapter concludes with recommendations for further research.

Keywords: lesbian, gay, bisexual, social class, worldview, diversity, culturally competent counseling, LGB communities, Capital Accumulation Paradigm

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