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What coming out (of the closet literally means: No longer hiding in the wardrobe...
19th century LGBT rights advocate Karl Heinrich Ulrichs introduced the idea of coming out as a means of emancipation.

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]

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]

References

  1. "Coming Out". Utah Pride Community Center. http://www.utahpridecenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=44. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  2. "Ordeal of Revealing". Belfast Telegraph. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/gaa-star-donal-og-cusack-teammates-helped-me-through-ordeal-of-revealing-i-am-gay-28501081.html. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  3. "Rupert Everett". Queerty. http://www.queerty.com/rupert-everett-says-coming-out-killed-his-career-20090220. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 

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