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The unprecedented growth of the gay community in recent history has transformed our culture and consciousness creating radically new possibilities for people to come out and live more openly as homosexualsHerdt 2 Before the 1969s Stonewall riot in New York homosexuality was a taboo subject Research concerning homosexuality emphasized the etiology treatment and psychological adjustment of homosexuals Times have changed since 1969 Homosexuals have gained great attention in arts entertainment media and politics Yesterdays research on homosexuality has expanded to include trying to understand the different experiences and situations of homosexuals Ben-Ari 89-90 Despite the transition little consideration has been given to understanding the growing population of gay adolescents 25 of American families are likely to have a gay child Hidalgo 24 In the United States three million adolescents are estimated to be homosexual Yet American society still ignores gay adolescents Majority of children are raised in heterosexual families taught in heterosexual establishments and put in heterosexual peer groups Gay adolescents often feel forced by parents to pass as heterosexually normal Herdt 2 As a result homosexual teens hide their sexual orientation and feelings especially from their parents Limited research conducted on gay young adults on disclosure to parents generally suggests that disclosure is a time of familial crisis and emotional distress Very few researchers argue that disclosure to parents results in happiness bringing parents and children closer Ben-Ari 90 The debate over homosexuality as nature or nurture dominates most topics about homosexuality People often confuse the naturenurture issue with the development of gay identity In fact the naturenurture argument plays a small insignificant role concerning gay youths Walling 11 Homosexual identity is the view of the self as homosexual in association with romantic and sexual situations Troiden 46 Many researchers have either discussed or created several models or theories concerning the development of homosexual identity However the most prominent is Troidens sociological four-stage model of homosexual
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