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According to Bridgewater the sexual identity minority is comprised of gays lesbian and bisexuals Bias ideas based on sexual identity invades Americas culture in every aspect public institutions and private interpersonal relationships Civil liberty violations discriminatory treatment in the public sector and psychological and physical assaults are all acts of bigotry These hostile sentiments impact gays lesbians and bisexuals by causing psychological distress and impinging careers and social interactions and potentially physical harm It is because of this that it is necessary to administer strategies which are effective in reducing the overt acts of discrimination based on sexual identity in American society Bridgewaters goal is to 1 advocate coming out as a prime method for reducing negative attitudes and acts of prejudice against sexual identity minorities while increasing well-being of gays lesbians and bisexuals and 2 provide strategies of coming out that effectively confront sexual identity discrimination and its detrimental impactQuoting Blumenfield Bridgewater states that the process of coming out is often lifelong in which a person acknowledges accepts and in many cases appreciates his or her lesbian gay bisexual or transgender identity Relevant research has shown that people who are acquainted with a gay lesbian or bisexual tend to have less negative attitudes towards these people than those who do not As for most Americans they acquire opinions about sexual identity minorities from acquaintances who do not know gays or lesbians or from media portrayals which are often inaccurate sensationalized or negative Coming out is described as a public statement of an individuals sexual identity It is riggedto reduce the negative effects of prejudice for the individual disclosing There are two ways in which negative sentiments are reduced 1 an intrinsic reduction of negative feelings within the person who is disclosing and 2 a reduction or containment of discriminatory acts made by that person It is very important for the person who is contemplating disclosure to assess whether the person they are
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