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Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You Are

Abigail C. Saguy


This book examines how and why people use the concept of coming out as a certain kind of person to resist stigma and collectively mobilize for social change. It examines how the concept of coming out has taken on different meanings as people adopt it for varying purposes—across time, space, and social context. Most other books about coming out—whether fiction, academic, or memoir—focus on the experience of gay men and lesbians in the United States. This is the first book to examine how a variety of people and groups use the concept of coming out in new and creative ways to resist stigma and mo ... More

Keywords: coming out, stigma, collective mobilization, cultural meaning, social change, LGBTQ+, fat acceptance movement, undocumented immigrant youth movement, plural marriage movement, #Metoo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190931650
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190931650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail C. Saguy, author
Professor of Sociology and of Gender Studies, UCLA