Sexual identity and sexual fluidity among gay men and lesbians

Subhi, N., Geelan, D., Nen, S., Fauziah, I., Mohamad, M. S., Lukman, Z. M., Alavi, K., Hoesni, S. M. and Rusyda, H. M. (2011). Sexual identity and sexual fluidity among gay men and lesbians. In: Rohany Nasir, Special Issue Dedicated to the Theme "Social and Psychological Well-Being". Social and Psychological Well-Being Workshop, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia, (163-172). 3-5 May, 2011.

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Author Subhi, N.
Geelan, D.
Nen, S.
Fauziah, I.
Mohamad, M. S.
Lukman, Z. M.
Alavi, K.
Hoesni, S. M.
Rusyda, H. M.
Title of paper Sexual identity and sexual fluidity among gay men and lesbians
Conference name Social and Psychological Well-Being Workshop
Conference location Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Conference dates 3-5 May, 2011
Proceedings title Special Issue Dedicated to the Theme "Social and Psychological Well-Being"
Journal name Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities
Place of Publication Serdang, Selangor Malaysia
Publisher Universiti Pertanian Malaysia Press, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
ISSN 0128-7702
Editor Rohany Nasir
Volume 19
Issue S
Start page 163
End page 172
Total pages 10
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Sexual identity development among gay men and lesbians consists an important component of coming out. Coming out is considered a vital component in the sexual identity development among gay men and lesbians. This paper explores the experiences of gay men and lesbians with respect to sexual identity development particularly in issues relating to sexual fluidity. Purposively selected 20 gay men and lesbians were involved in an in-depth semi structured interviews. The results found that 90% of male and 30% of female respondents came out to self in their teens. Male compared to female respondents seemed to portray an earlier age of coming out. Coming out to self and others was regardless of one’s age with the 40s as the latest age found in this study. Half of the respondents agreed that sexual fluidity could happen or indicated that they had heard of or witnessed sexual identity changes in someone. Some implications for better practice by mental health professionals in ensuring gay men and lesbians well being are provided
Subjects 1200 Arts and Humanities
1400 Business, Management and Accounting
2000 Economics, Econometrics and Finance
3300 Social Sciences
Keyword Sexual identity
Sexual fluidity
Coming out
Gay men
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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