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Fluidity in the Disclosure and Salience of My Identities
Fluidity in the disclosure and salience of my identities
JennipherWieboldWestern Michigan University

I am of European ancestry and was born with septo-optic dysplasia, a rare congenital disability that impacts endocrine and visual functioning. Therefore, I am 4'10” tall, with low vision and panhypopituitaryism. I identify with, and socialize in, Disability/Blind culture. In addition, I came out to myself as a lesbian at the age of 14 but remained closeted to my friends and family until I was 19. At 19, I became an active member in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. I have “passed” as both sighted and straight in various work settings. However, for the past 10 years, I have chosen to live “out” ...

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