(verb) The social, psychological, or political process and act of recognizing and acknowledging a sexual or gender identity within oneself and disclosing this to others.
Audio Pronunciation: (com·ing out)
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- Coming out typically occurs in stages and is nonlinear.
- A person may come out multiple times to different people and groups throughout a lifetime.
- Coming out is not always by choice, some people are outed.
- This term is typically used in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community but is not limited to it.
- Also called:
- come out
- come out of the closet
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