by David Oliver
No, but it could be someday.
Is coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community over?
Could the traditional "coming out" narrative someday be a thing of the past?
The answer is more nuanced than waving a rainbow Pride flag and riding off into the sunset on a unicorn parade float.
A future in which LGBTQ members don't feel obligated to explain or qualify their sexuality will require sweeping societal change.
There's going to be a future where coming out is not relevant because I politically believe that there's going to be a future where gender is irrelevant.
- SA Smyth, assistant professor at UCLA
For now though, a post-coming out world seems more attainable for some than others.
It may be that for young people in well-educated progressive families, no one really cares who they love. However, the world is not yet there.
- Tonia Poteat, associate professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Gay men in the late 19th century and early 20th century borrowed the term "coming out" from high society debutantes, writes University of California, Los Angeles professor of sociology Abigail C. Saguy in
More U.S. adults than ever are coming out as LGBTQ (5.6%), and 1 in 6 members of Generation Z identifies as LGBTQ, according to a 2021 Gallup poll.
Escalating visibility, however, begets escalated backlash. The LGBTQ community continually faces harassment on social media – particularly the transgender community.
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