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J Homosex. 1997;33(2):1-22.

Lesbian coming out as a multidimensional process.

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University of Vermont, Department of Psychology, Burlington 05405, USA.

Abstract

Coming out for lesbians is discussed as a multidimensional process. Four dimensions are presented and explored. First is sexual identity formation which encompasses development of lesbian sexuality and awareness of being a lesbian. Second is disclosure of sexual orientation to others. Third is sexual expression and behavior. Fourth is lesbian consciousness which refers to how lesbians see themselves in relation to the social environment, including lesbian and gay communities. These dimensions are examined in relation to existing theories and research about lesbian coming out processes. Further, there is a discussion of coming out and demographic differences among lesbians. The possible impact of age, race, ethnicity, religion, geographic location, income, employment, and education on lesbian coming out are considered.

PMID:
9210010
DOI:
10.1300/J082v33n02_01
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