Coming Out (Kinda): Research Finds Many Gays Partially Stay in the Closet; 69% Not Out to Religious Communities

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We all know people who came out late or refuse to come out to their friends or family now. Some people think it isn't anyone's "business" what their sexual orientation is. New research says that sometimes staying partially in the closet is a good decision. 

Here's a summary (full article here via Yahoo/Live Science):

The research, which surveyed gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals recruited from online message boards, found that most of the volunteers were closeted in at least one area of their lives. Unsurprisingly, the participants hesitated to reveal their sexual identity in environments they judged as controlling and judgmental. About 69 percent said they were not open about their sexuality within their religious communities, for example, compared with only 13 percent who were not out to their friends. 
When people did come out in a certain aspect of their lives, the benefits were tempered by how accepting that community was, said study researcher Richard Ryan, a psychologist at the University of Rochester in New York. 
"We didn't find any overall negative effect of coming out in controlling environments," Ryan told LiveScience. "Rather, there sometimes was a negligible benefit. … You got some benefit from not having to conceal, but also you're likely paying some social price."
The article goes on to say:
Friends were perceived as the most supportive group and religious organizations the least supportive, but there was variability in how many people were out in other aspects of their lives as well. Half of respondents kept their sexuality secret at school, and 45 percent had not told co-workers. About 36 percent were closeted even among family members.

What do you think? Should gay people come all the way out or is it better to stay in the closet sometimes?
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  1. Anonymous3:45 PM

    I think everyone should just come out. Better sooner than later.

  2. I mean.. i get why ppl rn't out at church.. it's a "sin"

  3. I love being in the closet. I feel I have something over on someone. I act strait and work for State Police but I do have a mate that is 16 years younger than me and we live in a nice home. He cooks for me and does house work and when my family or his comes over, they see two bedrooms with clothes in each closet and as far as they are concerned, we are just room mates, but when they leave, we both have a wonderful life together. We don't show our sexuality unless we are visiting a place where we have no family. WE love it this way and love the fact that we can live together without having to get married


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