2016 Changes in coming out milestones across five age cohorts

In five age cohorts, self-identified lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals were compared in this quantitative study to evaluate differences in the coming out process. Participants completed the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Scale (LGBIS). (Mohr & Fassinger, 2000), disclosed the ages at which they reached significant turning points in the coming-out process, and provided demographic data and details about their upbringing. In general, this sample revealed two noteworthy trends: (a) a decline in the average age at which milestones are reached; and (b) the disappearance of the gender disparity in milestone attainment between men and women. The current study adds to and supports prior research that indicates a high correlation between early coming out and social acceptance of LGB people.