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20 June 2011

Is coming out always a good thing?

Individuals who come out as lesbian, gay, or bisexual can experience real psychological benefits when they enjoy a welcoming climate at work or home or in religiously.

Coming out as lesbian, gay, or bisexual increases emotional well-being even more than earlier research has indicated. But the psychological benefits of revealing one's sexual identity - less anger, less depression, and higher self-esteem – are limited to supportive settings, shows a study published June 20 in Social Psychology and Personality Science.

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