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Definition of Coming Out

(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.

Coming Out Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: com·ing out

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /kUHm-ing OUt/
  • British English – /kUHm-ing OUt/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈkʌmɪŋ aʊt/
  • British English – /ˈkʌmɪŋ aʊt/

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Works Consulted

Andersen, Margaret L., and Howard Francis Taylor. 2011. Sociology: The Essentials. 6th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Crooks, Robert, and Karla Baur. 2014. Our Sexuality. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

Cite the Definition of Coming Out

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “coming out.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 24, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/coming-out/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

coming out. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/coming-out/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “coming out.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 24, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/coming-out/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“coming out.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 Sep. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/coming-out/>.