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coming out

a social, psychological and political process which involves both public and private identification with the designation ‘lesbian’ or ‘gay’. Crucially, the process involves internalization of the label ‘homosexual’ and acceptance of a lesbian or gay lifestyle. The term arose out of the reemergence of radical sexual politics in the context of the wider radicalization of political culture in the 1960s. It was, and continues to be, a key concept within gay and lesbian politics because of the challenge it presents to the negative imagery surrounding HOMOSEXUALITY and the sociopolitical processes which render it invisible. Coming out involves a change in self-image for the individual which arises from an affirmation of his or her homosexuality As a political strategy, the process challenges the normative frameworks surrounding institutionalized HETEROSEXUALITY.
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Now, with the publication of her new book, Family Outing, a coming-out guide for both gay people and their families, and other writing projects in the works, we sat down in her comfortable West Hollywood, Calif.
Then I talked about things that were common knowledge: that when Ellen originally talked to ABC about the character's coming-out, she was going to take it slow the next season, and she totally reversed and went in the other direction.
However one choses to look at the progression of gay culture, Outfest's mission to foster "artistic expression of gender, sexuality and LGBTQ culture" is clearly still a vital one, even in a world where casual coming-outs by celebrities from Anderson Cooper to Jim Parsons cause few cultural tremors.