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Keywords:

  • Adolescent;
  • coming out;
  • disclosure;
  • GLB;
  • sexual minority

TOPIC:  A greater number of gay males, lesbians, and bisexual females or males (GLB) are “coming out” during adolescence. Discussion includes nursing implications.

PURPOSE:  The purpose of this paper is to review the process of GLB disclosure, highlight the trend toward earlier outing, and discuss its implications for nursing practice.

SOURCES:  Sources include scholarly published literature, professional organization documents, and GLB advocacy publications.

CONCLUSIONS:  Nurses need to update their knowledge of coming-out issues, as well as nondisclosing sexual behavior, to assess youth and family needs and direct care appropriately.