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Head em’ Up and Move em’ Out: Understanding the Coming-out Experience of Same-sex Oriented Oklahomans

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The purpose of this qualitative investigation was to explore the coming-out experiences of same-sex oriented males in Oklahoma. The coming-out experience is a well researched phenomenon. However, little attention has been given to how geographic location may influence this experience. The phenomenological investigation was based on the coming-out experiences of 10 same-sex oriented males aged 18-23 who identified as Caucasian and Oklahoman. A retrospective approach to face to face interviews was used to understand and gain insight from this lived experience. The investigation answered the following research question: What is the coming-out experience of same-sex attracted male Oklahomans? The results explore how social context impacts the coming-out experience. The vast presence of religious institutions, a strong emphasis on the traditional family, and a social context where very rigid gender norms are strictly enforced has significant implications for how young men perceive their sexuality and thus negotiate the coming-out process. Nevertheless, participants demonstrated resilience in the face of extreme adversity and developed a positive outlook regarding their sexual-identities. Understanding this phenomenon in more depth offers a practical challenge to future researchers and practitioners to be more aware regarding the connections that cut across same-sex oriented individuals, yet recognize the authentic and impending differences inherent in such a variable process.
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Name: Oklahoma Research Day
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Holt, David. and Deacon, Zermarie. "Head em’ Up and Move em’ Out: Understanding the Coming-out Experience of Same-sex Oriented Oklahomans" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Research Day, Cameron University, Lawton, OK, Nov 12, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p483720_index.html>

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Holt, D. and Deacon, Z. , 2010-11-12 "Head em’ Up and Move em’ Out: Understanding the Coming-out Experience of Same-sex Oriented Oklahomans" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Research Day, Cameron University, Lawton, OK <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p483720_index.html

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Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative investigation was to explore the coming-out experiences of same-sex oriented males in Oklahoma. The coming-out experience is a well researched phenomenon. However, little attention has been given to how geographic location may influence this experience. The phenomenological investigation was based on the coming-out experiences of 10 same-sex oriented males aged 18-23 who identified as Caucasian and Oklahoman. A retrospective approach to face to face interviews was used to understand and gain insight from this lived experience. The investigation answered the following research question: What is the coming-out experience of same-sex attracted male Oklahomans? The results explore how social context impacts the coming-out experience. The vast presence of religious institutions, a strong emphasis on the traditional family, and a social context where very rigid gender norms are strictly enforced has significant implications for how young men perceive their sexuality and thus negotiate the coming-out process. Nevertheless, participants demonstrated resilience in the face of extreme adversity and developed a positive outlook regarding their sexual-identities. Understanding this phenomenon in more depth offers a practical challenge to future researchers and practitioners to be more aware regarding the connections that cut across same-sex oriented individuals, yet recognize the authentic and impending differences inherent in such a variable process.


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