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Coming Out and Being Out

  • Juan Battle
  • Antonio (Jay) PastranaJr
  • Angelique Harris
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Abstract

This chapter interrogates the coming out experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT communities. Readers are introduced to Shui Jade Sheung—a typical respondent to the Social Justice Sexuality project. Through Sheung’s experiences readers gain insights into issues of racial and ethnic identity for LGBT people of color, practices of negotiating the “coming out” process, as well as the myriad of experiences of navigating religion and spirituality.

Keywords

Racial or ethnic identity for LGBT people of color Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT closet Religion 

References

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Battle
    • 1
  • Antonio (Jay) PastranaJr
    • 2
  • Angelique Harris
    • 3
  1. 1.Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Marquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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