Coming out in college: the struggle for a queer identity

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Bergin & Garvey, Oct 30, 1994 - Education - 190 pages
Coming out is the process of acknowledging same-sex attractions to oneself and to others. It is both a personal and a public process. For many gay and bisexual students, college marks a pivotal point where for the first time they feel free to explore their same-sex attractions. This book is about the struggles students face in coming out. The focus is twofold: the experiences individuals face in coming to terms with their sexual identity and the process of developing a group identity. The development of a group identity involves a degree of political investment. For some students, becoming political means adopting a "queer" persona. As one student noted, "Queer is kind of an in your face' attitude toward heterosexism and homophobia." A primary focus of this book revolves around the notion of queer identity and how students engage as cultural workers seeking both campus and societal change.

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ROBERT A. RHOADS is a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University.

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