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Facebook: Helping Gay People Come Out to the World

Social networks keep gay people from having the same, uncomfortable conversation over and over again. By coming out on Facebook, people no longer have to tell all their friends at different times that, yes, they are in fact gay.

In Time magazine, one woman shared her experience:

I remember the apprehension I had prior to going to a high school reunion in the days before Facebook was popular. I didn't care who knew I was sapphically inclined. I just resented having to tell them.

Now she assumes that when she becomes friends with people on Facebook, granting them access to her profile, she's effectively come out to them.

Facebook provides love-life announcement services to heterosexual users as well — for better or worse. I've learned about my acquaintances' new relationships, engagements, and breakups after the updates showed up in my news feed.

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Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Sapphically inclined ... that's good. I like that! LOL Most of my gay friends on facebook post their relationship status as well.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 8 years
I still don't get why people share such private information, like break-ups, on Facebook. The people that love you will supposedly be talking to you during this difficult time, so they will know, and other people will find out eventually. So many people have "friends" on Facebook that are not friends...they are acquaintances, friends of friends, etc. Why the he!! would you want these people to know about your private life? Maybe I am too old, but I just don't get the need to overshare personal details with virtual strangers. Whatever happened to privacy? Isn't it important to anyone anymore? GAWD.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
Only two (out of probably 15?) of my gay Facebook friends display any "Interested in" information. The others just don't have anything listed one way or the other.
cakeshinigami cakeshinigami 8 years
"sapphically inclined" ...what a beautiful way to put it. :)
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
a couple of years ago a friend of mine was having a bad day and said "we should all have computer screens on our shirts that tell the world what's going on w/ us, like a warning label you can read before saying anything wrong". that day has come.
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