The aim of this paper is to describe the main aspects of coming out, which is configured as a long and elaborate path, marked by numerous difficulties. In this regard, is important to underline the concepts of sexual identity and sexual orientation. Gay and lesbians people show how the non-linearity and non-correspondence - respectively between sex, gender, role of social gender and sexual - can be equally trajectories healthy development and promoters of well-being. Therefore, coming out is configured as a process in which the persons (gay or lesbian) becomes aware of his/her emotional and sexual preferences and he/she integrates these in his/her life; for which social identity and personal identity become consistent. Farther, we are going to describe as the reactions of parents may influence the psychological well-being of gay and lesbian children.
Keywords: Coming out, omosessualità, omofobia
Irene Petruccelli, Vincenza Castelluzzo, Giulio D'Urso, Felipe Navarro, The disclosure of gay and lesbian people: an overview of the literature in "RIVISTA DI SESSUOLOGIA CLINICA" 2/2016, pp. 21-40, DOI:10.3280/RSC2016-002002