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ALBERTINI, Rafael Zanata; COSTA, Márcio Luís  e  MIRANDA, Rodrigo Lopes. Narratives out of the closet: the sexual identity of gay men in the city. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.2, pp. 1-14. ISSN 2359-0769.

This study aims to investigate the processes of recognition of gay identity in a Brazilian capital through narrative interviews with four participants between 21 and 42 years old. The interviews were analyzed according to Ricoeur's theory of interpretation and narration. In common with other studies, the stories of these participants place processes of identifying a "different" sexual orientation in childhood, their elaboration as sexual and personal identity in adolescence, and ultimately "out of the closet" as self-disclosure to others. In addition to the similarities, this research shows the singularities of "coming out of the closet": each trajectory implies processes of subjective and inter-subjective recognition in different shades, which interact with contextual factors to produce well-being or psychological distress.

Palavras-chave : male homosexuality; sexual and gender minorities; homophobia.

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