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Coming Out

Coming out is the process by which individuals acknowledge their own sexual or gender identity to themselves (i.e., coming out to oneself) and then share this identity with others (coming out to others). Although typically thought of as a one-time event, coming out for trans people is a developmental and lifelong process shaped by multiple aspects of an individual’s life.

Coming Out as a Developmental Process

Generally, the first step of coming out for trans individuals involves a period of self-awareness. This process can begin very early for some trans people. Around the age of 2 to 3 years old, the majority of children develop the ability to label gender and are thus able to verbalize differences between boys and girls (conferred to them by societal ...

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