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The term strategic disclosure refers to the notion that “coming out” is continual and contextual to social relationships. That is, coming out is recognized as a continual process of identity management in that no one is ever able to truly come out to everyone. There will always be new people or new situations that require managing, given society’s presumption of heterosexuality. Coming out is context specific in that different situations strategically require different methods of coming out and for different reasons.

Furthermore, coming out can have different meanings depending on the situation, and people can come out multiple times with varying types and levels of information about their sexuality. This entry describes the process by which people make these strategic decisions.

Coming out is strategic because ...

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