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An awakening as to who you really are in terms of sexual orientation and attraction, which usually doesn't fit mainstream heterosexism. Coming out means .
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Coming Out. What is coming out? Not everyone will be understanding or accepting. Some relationships with friends, family members, or co-workers may be permanently changed in negative ways, and you could end up losing some of this support system.
Individuals under the age of 18 may be thrown out of their homes or lose financial support. An individual may experience harassment or discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. In many cases this harassment or discrimination has no legal protection, therefore an LGBTQ individual may be terminated from their job, denied housing, or denied insurance.
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Individuals will have the ability to live their lives openly. Individuals may build up their self-esteem by being honest with themselves. Individuals may develop closer, more genuine relationships with new friends and family. Some relationships may be changed permanently in positive ways. Being thrown out of the house or of the family Loss of financial support Harassment or abuse Threat of physical violence Discrimination Loss of employment or discrimination by their employer Questions surrounding their personal or professional integrity Questions surrounding their intimate relationships and their health both mental and physical Being seen by others as sick, immoral, perverted, anti-family, or sinful.
Scared Vulnerable Unsure of how others will react Relieved Proud. You're just going through a phase. When will you get the surgery? You're just depressed. You're just confused. You need some therapy and it will all be better You just need to go to church and they will fix you.
You will get AIDS.
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It's not normal. Gay people in the pre-war years [pre-WWI] In fact, as Elizabeth Kennedy observes, "using the term 'closet' to refer to" previous times such as "the s and s might be anachronistic ". An article on coming out  in the online encyclopedia glbtq. The article continues by echoing Chauncey's observation that a subsequent shift in connotation occurred later on. The pres focus was on entrance into "a new world of hope and communal solidarity" whereas the post- Stonewall Riots overtone was an exit from the oppression of the closet.
The closet metaphor, in turn, is extended to the forces and pressures of heterosexist society and its institutions. When coming out is described as a gradual process or a journey,  it is meant to include becoming aware of and acknowledging one's gender identity or non-heteronormative sexual orientation. This preliminary stage, which involves soul-searching or a personal epiphany ,  is often called "coming out to oneself" and constitutes the start of self-acceptance. Many LGBT people say that this stage began for them during adolescence or childhood , when they first became aware of their sexual orientation toward members of the same sex.
Coming out has also been described as a process because of a recurring need or desire to come out in new situations in which LGBT people are assumed to be heterosexual or cisgender , such as at a new job or with new acquaintances. Every coming out story is the person trying to come to terms with who they are and their sexual orientation. Dank, ; Cass, ; Coleman, ; Troiden, Of these models, the most widely accepted is the Cass identity model established by Vivienne Cass.
However, not every LGBT person follows such a model. For example, some LGBT youth become aware of and accept their same-sex desires or gender identity at puberty in a way similar to which heterosexual teens become aware of their sexuality, i. High school students and even middle school students are coming out. Emerging research suggests that gay men from religious backgrounds are likely to come out online via Facebook and Blogs as it offers a protective interpersonal distance.
This largely contradicts the growing movement in social media research indicating that online use, particularly Facebook, can lead to negative mental health outcomes such as increased levels of anxiety. While further research is needed to assess whether these results generalize to a larger sample, these recent findings open the door to the possibility that gay men's online experiences may differ from heterosexuals' in that it may be more likely to provide mental health benefits than consequences.
Transgender people vary greatly in choosing when, whether, and how to disclose their transgender status to family, close friends, and others. Fear of retaliatory behavior, such as being removed from the parental home while underage, is a cause for transgender people to not come out to their families until they have reached adulthood. The internet can play a significant role in the coming out process for transgender people.
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Some come out in an online identity first, providing an opportunity to go through experiences virtually and safely before risking social sanctions in the real world. In areas of the world where homosexual acts are penalized or prohibited, gay men, lesbians, and bisexual people can suffer negative legal consequences for coming out. In particular, where homosexuality is a crime, coming out may constitute self-incrimination.
These laws still exist in 76 countries worldwide, including Egypt, Iran, Singapore, and Afghanistan. In the early stages of the lesbian, gay or bisexual identity development process, people can feel confused and experience turmoil. In , Michelangelo Signorile wrote Queer in America , in which he explored the harm caused both to a closeted person and to society in general by being closeted.
Because LGBT people have historically been marginalized as sexual minorities , coming out of the closet remains a challenge for most of the world's LGBT population and can lead to a backlash of heterosexist discrimination and homophobic violence. Studies have found that concealing sexual orientation is related to poorer mental health,  physical health,  and relationship functioning.
For example, it has been found that same-sex couples who have not come out are not as satisfied in their relationships as same-sex couples who have. Depending on the relational bond between parents and children, a child coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender can be positive or negative. Strong, loving relationships between children and their parents may be strengthened but if a relationship is already strained, those relationships may be further damaged or destroyed by the child coming out.
A number of studies have been done on the effect of people coming out to their parents. A report by Robinson et al. The study found that two-thirds of parents reacted negatively. Homelessness is a common effect among LGBT youth during the coming out process. LGBT youth are among the largest population of homeless youth; this has typically been caused by the self-identification and acknowledgment of being gay or identifying with the LGBT community.
Jimmie Manning performed a study in on positive and negative behavior performed during the coming out conversation. During his study, he learned that almost all of his participants would only attribute negative behaviors with themselves during the coming out conversations and positive behaviors with the recipient of the conversation. Manning suggests further research into this to figure out a way for positive behaviors to be seen and performed equally by both the recipient and the individual coming out.
The closet narrative sets up an implicit dualism between being "in" or being "out" wherein those who are "in" are often stigmatized as living false, unhappy lives. Nonetheless, Butler is willing to appear at events as a lesbian and maintains that "it is possible to argue that Further, "To be out, in common gay parlance, is precisely to be no longer out; to be out is to be finally outside of exteriority and all the exclusions and deprivations such outsiderhood imposes.
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Or, put another way, to be out is really to be in—inside the realm of the visible, the speakable, the culturally intelligible. Furthermore, Seidman, Meeks, and Traschen argue that "the closet" may be becoming an antiquated metaphor in the lives of modern-day Americans for two reasons. Candace Gingrich became the spokesperson for the day in April Participating artists include Kevin Aviance , Janis Ian , k.
In , Barney Frank , the U. House Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district , publicly came out as gay,  thus becoming the second member of the Massachusetts delegation to the United States Congress to do so. In , U. Rep Gerry Studds , D-Mass. Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey announced his decision to resign, publicly came out as "a gay American"  and admitted to having had an extramarital affair with a man, Golan Cipel , an Israeli citizen and veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces , whom McGreevey appointed New Jersey homeland security adviser.
In , Australian Senator Brian Greig came out as being gay in his maiden speech to parliament, the first Australian politician to do so. He came out in in an interview in the Washington Star. In while at the peak of his playing career, Ian Roberts became the first high-profile Australian sports person and first rugby footballer in the world to come out to the public as gay. He was the first NBA player former or current to come out.
In , Australian diver Matthew Mitcham became the first openly gay athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. He achieved this at the Beijing Olympics in the men's 10 metre platform event. In , basketball player Jason Collins a member of the Washington Wizards came out as gay, becoming the first active male professional athlete in a major North American team sport to publicly come out as gay.
On February 9, , former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam came out as gay. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams on May 10, , with the th overall pick in the seventh round, making him the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL franchise. He was released by St. Louis and waived by the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. Sam was on the roster for the Montreal Alouettes , but has since retired from football.
Her real-life coming out was echoed in the sitcom Ellen in " The Puppy Episode ", in which the eponymous character Ellen Morgan , played by DeGeneres, outs herself over the airport public address system.