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What does it mean when you dream about a closet?

A closet may represent a place to store or hide people or things. Movies and other narratives often show people hiding in a closet. People with an unsavory past are said to have “skeletons in the closet.” In more modern times, the closet has also come to signify the unveiling of previously hidden aspects of the self, as in “coming out of the closet.”

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1. A small enclosed storage area.
2. A small private room, often off a bedroom.
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The closet in your dream may have emotional, psychological, or physical connotations. Closets are used to store good things that we need as well as useless stuff. Emotionally they hold memories, secrets, precious emotions, and valuable thoughts. Consider all of the details in your dream and try to see the message clearly. Do you need to clean out the closet, come out of the closet, or share the things that you have stored in that closet?
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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In Sue McConnell-Celi's 1993 book, Twenty-first Century Challenge: Lesbians and Gays in Education, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott remembers her days as a closeted teacher: "Being in the closet took a great toll emotionally, especially when I recognized that certain of my students were lesbian or gay, yet was not able to be frank with them about my orientation."
The media, the political system, and the entertainment industry make up what he calls "The Trinity of the Closet." In all three power structures, closeted gay men and lesbians serve as enforcers, and beneficiaries, of the closet.
How any gay or lesbian, whether closeted or not, supports the policies of these people is outrageous.
Rogers's latest victim is Ed Schrock, a two-term Republican con gressman from Virginia who was running for reelection this fall--until Rogers identified him as a closeted gay man (with a wife and an adult son).
They call themselves closeted. I call them hypocrites.
Washington continues to be a place where closeted gay men may prepare antigay briefings for their bosses in the House or Senate during the day but hit Dupont Circle's gay bars at night--never mixing the political and personal.
In defending his right to remain closeted throughout his lucrative career, he says that if one's livelihood is "specifically contingent upon your ability to work among people who might persecute you, then it's a fair decision to keep your life private." Fair?
Bean will be talking about his new book, Going the Other Way, a memoir of his years as a closeted major league baseball player and of his experience coming out.