Coming out

process of disclosing one's sexual orientation or other identity attributes

The term coming out means to reveal oneself as any orientation or gender. It means no longer hiding one's sexual or romantic orientation, or gender.[1]

19th century LGBT rights advocate Karl Heinrich Ulrichs introduced the idea of coming out as a means of emancipation.

The subject has been talked about as an issue of privacy. "Coming out of the closet" is said to be a psychological process, decision making or risk-taking, a means toward feeling gay pride rather than shame or stigma, or even career suicide.[2][3]


  1. "Coming Out". Utah Pride Community Center. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  2. "Ordeal of Revealing". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  3. "Rupert Everett". Queerty. Retrieved July 23, 2014.

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