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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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When I was thinking about coming out publicly, some people said, "What do you think the fans will think?" I said, "This is my life!
After coming out during his junior year, he was elected senior class president.
Chairwoman of Cardiff Twins Group, Carolyn, said: 'Although the weather was disappointing and may have stopped people coming out for a picnic we still had a good time playing in the park.
July 26, 2006: Bass's People magazine coming out interview is previewed on People.com.
Now I'm not in the habit of going into restaurants half cut (coming out's another matter), but Kettner's always brings out the fop in me.
It's a time-release caption to the advance originally held by psychotherapists (including psychoanalysts) in Nazi Germany, who were real eager to apply the success story of Freud's encounter with war neurotics to a total victory through analysis: the all-out eradication-through-healing of the homosexual position or disposition (which ever since World War I marked the spot of the coming out of war neurosis under fire and the acting out of primal submissions through betrayal, desertion, even espionage).
The pre-season meeting provides the coach with a list of the people coming out for the team and enables him/her to pass on the essential information to players and parents.
During my ninth observance of National Coming Out Day, I discovered that coming out can be helpful in vacating the neighboring seat even on a crowded flight.
The average age of coming out has been dropping in recent years.
Chief executive Richard Holland has concentrated on giving fresh deals to players who were coming out of contract.