alexa Disclosure as an interaction: why lesbian athletes disclose their sexual identities in intercollegiate sport.


Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior

Author(s): Stoelting S

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Abstract Over the years, the number of gay, bisexual, and lesbian athletes who have disclosed their sexual identities has been increasing. Given that sport has traditionally been defined as a heterosexist institution, this pattern is deserving of attention and investigation ( Anderson, 2001 ). In response, the present study examines why intercollegiate lesbian athletes disclose their sexual identities in the sport context. In-depth interviews were conducted with 16 self-identified lesbian athletes who disclosed their sexual identities while participating in intercollegiate sport. Unlike most past literature on disclosure, the present study approaches disclosure as an interactional process that involves a discloser, an audience, and a context. This article was published in J Homosex and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior

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