Promote Professionalism In reference to the letter “Politics Showing” in the September 2 issue and the more recent “Convention Diversity” in the October 14 issue, I must voice that ASHA indeed exhibits an agenda regarding lesbian, gay, and transgendered individuals in our profession. Increasingly, The ASHA Leader publishes articles on how to ... Inbox
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  • Margina Busby, Mobile, Alabama
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The ASHA Leader, November 2008, Vol. 13, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.13162008.4
The ASHA Leader, November 2008, Vol. 13, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.13162008.4
In reference to the letter “Politics Showing” in the September 2 issue and the more recent “Convention Diversity” in the October 14 issue, I must voice that ASHA indeed exhibits an agenda regarding lesbian, gay, and transgendered individuals in our profession. Increasingly, The ASHA Leader publishes articles on how to treat patients by referring to the way they choose to have sex. We should treat patients with our expertise as related to their deficit or disorder, not based on how they characterize themselves in the bedroom. I do not know what a “Gay and Lesbian Chicago tour” is but I know that ASHA should not endorse or invite individuals to participate in something based on a sexual preference. We are professionals—not gay and lesbian professionals, not heterosexual professionals—just professionals.
What is your reaction when I invite members to join HASP (heterosexual audiologists and speech-language pathologists)? Would anyone join me in writing an article on how to be sensitive to the needs of heterosexuals with aphasia? Of course not. The idea is preposterous. The only political arena we should join is one that will increase research and help our patients and our professionals. These gay and lesbian articles and references shout, “agenda.” Bipartisanship will maintain unity among our professionals and ASHA members. Division accomplishes nothing.
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