Adolescence : Becoming Oneself Of A Heterosexist And Cissexist World

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Adolescence: The first time that I legitimately encountered homosexuality was in the eighth grade when my best friend came out to me as bisexual. Up until that point, the idea of non-heterosexual sexuality had been too distant to comprehend, but when my friend came out to me, it became a concept I could understand personally. The label instantly resided with me. I didn’t need time to consider, I came out to her as bisexual less than a week later, making use of the first sexual label I encountered. In “Complicating the Coming Out Narrative: Becoming Oneself in a Heterosexist and Cissexist World”, the authors discuss the different experiences that LGBT youth have in order to complicate the traditional coming out narrative (Klein et al. 298). She writes, “Developing relationships with people with shared identities was a complex process for youth, both facilitating and complicating their understandings of their gender and sexuality (Klein et al. 310-311).” This quote explains that finding people with a shared identity helps LGBT youth better understand their own identity and feel safe to explore it (Klein et al. 310-311). Since I lived in a small, conservative town at this time, I didn’t have much of and LGBT community that I could observe or take part in. So my friend took the place of a larger community, and her coming out meant that I had space where I could begin to figure out my own identity. After this point, I began to use my friend in order to talk about the…

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