Coming Out and Disclosures: LGBT Persons Across the Life Span

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-08-24
  • Publisher: Routledge

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LGBT persons face multiple challenges when entering the coming out process, regardless of their age or place in society. Coming Out and Disclosures: LGBT Persons Across the Life Spanis a comprehensive guide to the coming out process for LGBT individuals, how to prepare for disclosure, and how disclosure is received in various groups. The book examines sexual orientation and identities; developmental models of coming out; disclosure in adolescence, midlife, or later; coming out to parents and family members; and disclosure outside the family. The book also provides practitioners with guidelines for working with clients who want to make disclosures. Coming Out and Disclosures: LGBT Persons Across the Life Spanbrings together into a single source the latest research and current thought on the experiences of LGBT persons in a heterosexist society. This resource, which is also useful as a supplemental textbook, can be used as a guide to practice for professionals and can be used for in-service training and workshops. This invaluable book has an extensive bibliography. Topics in Coming Out and Disclosures: LGBT Persons Across the Life Spaninclude the meaning of sexual identity across various populations, an overview of coming out in the heterosexist world, detailed analysis of the coming out process, examination of the coming out process at different ages, an overview of disclosures in the heterosexist world, detailed analysis of disclosures to parents and family members across various cultures, suggested interventions based on coming out models, special issues experienced in coming out, strategies to facilitate disclosures, and more. Coming Out and Disclosures: LGBT Persons Across the Life Spanis an essential guide for any LGBT individual preparing to enter the coming out process, and practitioners in the helping professions, such as social work, counseling, and mental health.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Termsp. 2
Heterosexismp. 5
Victimizationp. 10
Escalating Violencep. 16
Advances in Affirmative Practicep. 18
Figuring Out Who One is and Coming Out
Sexual Orientation and Sexual Identityp. 25
Sexual Orientationp. 25
Sexual Identityp. 27
Racial and Ethnic Persons and Identityp. 30
Youths and Identityp. 31
Women and Identityp. 32
Bisexual Persons and Identityp. 33
Transgender Persons and Identityp. 34
Coming Out: Overviewp. 41
Developmental Models of Coming Outp. 42
Coming Out As Bisexualp. 53
Coming Out As Transgenderp. 56
Critique of Coming-Out Modelsp. 61
Problematic Research Methods and Samplesp. 61
Smooth Stages or Disordered Process?p. 62
Moral Prescriptionsp. 62
Politicalization and Mandatory Disclosurep. 63
Completed Process or Continuing One?p. 63
Sex-Genderp. 63
Disabilities and Chronic Illnessesp. 65
Racial or Ethnic Contextsp. 65
Immigration and Acculturationp. 66
Social Contexts and Social Constructsp. 66
Historical Effectsp. 67
Coming Out Across the Life Spanp. 69
Coming Out in Adolescencep. 69
Coming Out in Midlife or Laterp. 73
Disclosures Across the Life Span
Disclosures: Overviewp. 83
Disclosures Among Youthsp. 84
Disclosures Among Midlife Personsp. 84
Disclosures Among Older Personsp. 85
Disclosures Among Ethnic or Racial Personsp. 86
Dilemmas of Disclosurep. 88
Other Factors That Influence Disclosuresp. 92
Disclosures to Parentsp. 95
Youths and Disclosure to Parentsp. 97
Disclosures of Midlife and Older Lesbian and Gay Persons to Parentsp. 105
Ethnic and Racial Familiesp. 106
Disclosures to Others Inside and Outside the Familyp. 113
Disclosures to Other Family Membersp. 113
Disclosures Outside the Familyp. 119
Practice with Clients Who are Coming Out and Making Disclosures
Working with Clients Who Are Coming Outp. 131
Use of Developmental Modelsp. 131
Suggested Interventions Based on Coming-Out Modelsp. 132
Special Issues with Youth Who May Be Coming Outp. 137
Coming-Out Issues for Bisexual Personsp. 137
Coming-Out Issues for Transgender Personsp. 140
Working with Clients Who Want to Make Disclosuresp. 143
Preparing for Disclosuresp. 144
Getting Ready to Tell One's Parentsp. 146
Working with Parents After the Disclosurep. 148
Answering Parents' Questionsp. 153
A Positive Vision for Parentsp. 155
Support Groups for Parents and Childrenp. 155
Working in Larger Arenas to Facilitate Disclosuresp. 157
Public Schoolsp. 157
College Campusesp. 162
Workplacep. 164
Change at the Societal Levelp. 166
Change at the Individual Levelp. 168
Referencesp. 171
Indexp. 213
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