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Complicating the coming out narrative: becoming oneself in a heterosexist and cissexist world.
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Complicating the coming out narrative: becoming oneself in a heterosexist and cissexist world.

Author: K Klein Affiliation: a Community Psychology Program , Wilfrid Laurier University , Toronto , Ontario , Canada.; A Holtby; K Cook; R Travers
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Journal of homosexuality, 2015; 62(3): 297-326
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Traditional stage models of LGBTQ identity development have conceptualized coming out as a linear process from "closeted" to "out" that all queer/trans individuals must follow if they are to be considered healthy and well adjusted. These stage models have been critiqued for their rigidity and absence of a dynamic understanding of the coming out process. In this article we explore the findings from a qualitative  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: K Klein Affiliation: a Community Psychology Program , Wilfrid Laurier University , Toronto , Ontario , Canada.; A Holtby; K Cook; R Travers
ISSN:0091-8369
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2014.970829
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5726727848
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Traditional stage models of LGBTQ identity development have conceptualized coming out as a linear process from "closeted" to "out" that all queer/trans individuals must follow if they are to be considered healthy and well adjusted. These stage models have been critiqued for their rigidity and absence of a dynamic understanding of the coming out process. In this article we explore the findings from a qualitative photovoice study with 15 LGBTQ youths in a small urban center in Ontario that supports these critiques. We explore the efficacy of the photovoice technique in investigating questions of sexual and gender identity. This article identifies some contextual factors that are important in understanding coming out as a social (rather than internal) process; it also identifies some of the ways in which these youths' experiences challenge normative understandings of the "good, out queer."
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