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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.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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Here American-born Lara Dose, 27, who "came out" five years ago and lives in London with her partner Mercedes Clark-Smith, 29, explains why it is the toughest decision you can make.
Both came out with their own monikers in adolescence: they replaced their first names with feminine ones and their patronymics with place names, and bound together the new names, family-romance style, with the particle of nobility.
Hilton took credit for Bass's People cover story, saying in a November 20 Los Angeles Times profile, "If I had not been talking about Lance Bass as much as I was before he came out, there is no way he would have gotten the cover." He also touts the bloggers' ability to generate enough interest in these topics to make them front page news.
The story centers around Noah, a struggling screenwriter whose boyfriend recently came out, and on his three best friends.