Oct. 11 is National Coming-Out Day which is a great day of celebration for all those individuals that made the tough choice to come-out. This day can also be an empowering symbol for those wanting to come-out but don’t quite have the courage to make it through the door. One of the obvious reasons some gay individuals choose to remain closeted deals with fear which is validated through the already recorded homophobia and disdain other Americans have towards the LGBTQ.
Today The New York Times published an article titled “Helping a Child to Come Out” a portion of the work jumps out at you. The part being referred to mentions something called “minority stress”.
“Coming out and coming to terms with being gay is easier now, but it’s a matter of degree and not a complete reversal of the world,” Professor Meyer said. He studies what he refers to as “minority stress” and its effect on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Along with the fear of being rejected or attacked, he has said, such stresses include strain of concealing sexual orientation and inner fears of a second-class existence. “Gay kids do suffer consequences for being gay, and having to deal with social attitudes that are not accepting of them,” he said.
After reading something like that the curiosity really was in full swing and more knowledge was sought. There are a few published works that discuss this issue but there is one article which stands out from the pack to explain how this problem works against the gay community and the negative effects minority stress cause.
Michael P. Dentato of the School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago has an article published in the American Psychological Association website titled “The minority stress perspective”. If you never heard of this problem and you’re gay, you definitely want to read closely today.
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