chapter  16
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NEW VOICES, NEW VISIONS: TOWARD A LESBIAN/GAY PARADIGM FOR PSYCHOLOGY

What does it mean for psychology i f the experiences of being lesbian and/or gay male, in all the diversity of meanings that those experiences can hold, are taken as core and central to definitions of reality rather than as a special topic tangential to basic understandings o f human behavior, particularly human i n - teractions? After all, just as there is no American Psychological Association d i - vision of the psychology o f men or of white people, there is no special topic area called heterosexual studies in psychology. "Psychology," the official entity, values those experiences that are white, male, heterosexual, young, middle class, abled-bodied, and N o r t h American; thus has the universe of "human behavior" been defined. "Special topics," including lesbian and gay issues, have traditionally been defined as of special interest only, not in the core curr iculum in reality or emotionally.