Coming out to families in a multicultural context

Joseph R. Merighi, Marty D. Grimes

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This article examines how young gay men disclose their sexual identity to family members and how their family members respond to this disclosure. Qualitative data were collected from a nonrandom sample of 57 African-, European-, Mexican-, and Vietnamese-American gay males, ages 18 to 24. Findings revealed similarities across racial and ethnic groups in how these young gay men came out to family members and the responses they received after their initial self-disclosure. Implications for practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-41
Number of pages10
JournalFamilies in Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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