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Young gay males experiences of coming out in the context of school

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mark Casey


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The article is based upon empirical research using in-depth semi-structured interviews, with six gay males aged 19-28, to examine the experiences of the research sample of ‘coming out’ as a gay teen/young gay man. The semi-structured interviews, conducted using a life history approach, detail the past and current experiences of coming out as a contemporary young gay male. This article focuses on, and explores the theoretical adequacy of theoretical accounts, that employed ‘linear stage models’, to understand gay men’s experiences of coming out which were developed by earlier academic discourses on sexuality. The article then draws on the development of ‘queer theory’ and its implications for current understandings and debates concerning the coming out experience. The negative and positive experiences of respondents and in particular the process of coming out, are drawn on, linking these to the theoretical accounts discussed.

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Author(s): Casey ME

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Youth and Policy

Year: 2002

Volume: 75

Pages: 62-75

ISSN (print): 0262-9798

Notes: This journal paper, published in a Special Edition of the interdisciplinary journal 'Youth and Policy', dedicated to the perspectives and experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual youths, draws on qualitative research findings in exploring the complex intersections of sexuality, education and homophobic bullying.