"Honesty, Privacy, and Shame: When Gay People Talk about Other Gay People to Nongay People"

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Michigan Journal of Gender and Law
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Journal Article

There is a longstanding convention among lesbians and gay men in the United States: Do not reveal the sexuality of a gay person to a heterosexual person; unless you are certain that the gay person does not regard his sexuality as a secret. Lie if necessary to protect her secret. Violating the convention by "outing" another person is widely considered a serious social sin.

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