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. Many LGBT people say that this stage began for them during adolescence or childhoodwhen they first became aware of their sexual orientation toward members of the same sex.
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With the spread of consciousness raising CR in the late s, coming out became a key strategy of the gay liberation movement to raise political consciousness to counter heterosexism and homophobia. The two marginalized groups share many similarities. 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.
Long reads. The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
In a study by Human Rights Watch, heterosexual students consistently reported that the targets were simply boys who were un-athletic, dressed nicely, or were bookish and shy. About two-thirds of gay and lesbian students in British schools have suffered from gay bullying inaccording to a study done by the Schools Education Unit for LGB activist group Stonewall.
Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 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. Part of a series on.