Genderism in the LGBTQQIA Community: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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Using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), the researchers examined experiences of genderism within, among, and between members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally (LGBTQQIA) community. Genderism, or bias resulting from a gender binary view, was explored with regard to gender identity, gender expression, gender roles, and gender-based assumptions. Responses from 10 participants were analyzed for themes within and across participants using IPA. Seven themes are presented, discussed, and supported by participant extracts. Implications for counseling with LGBTQQIA clients are presented, along with considerations for advocacy at a systemic level.