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In many social contexts, persons who identify as, or who are perceived to be, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT) can encounter significant social challenges. These identities are condemned by a variety of religious sects, and people who identify as GLBT can lose employment and educational opportunities for no other reason than being (perceived to be) GLBT. The legal rights of GLBT persons can reside in a state of uncertainty, and these persons can struggle with secrecy and revelation, especially in terms of when, where, how, and with whom to disclose their sexual orientation (GLB) or gender identity (T). This entry begins by offering a brief history of GLBT communication studies. Key communication issues that can apply to, or resonate with, persons who identify as ...

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