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To understand sexual orientation, one needs to begin with the knowledge that there is no monolithic gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer person. There is no singular path to a queer identity and no “right” way to discover oneself. In this entry, the salient factors that can impede or facilitate a healthy sense of identity are discussed as are a number of myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) identity.

Understanding Sexual Orientation Identity

There is no clear etiology that points to a coherent developmental trajectory leading to a gay, lesbian, or bisexual identity. There are likely many factors that could perhaps be explained by the biopsychosocial model. There have been studies that have identified hormonal changes during pregnancy, birth order (for boys), and fantasized sex of ...

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