Lesbian Identity Development

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03:27 Lesbian Identity Development PHASE model (similar to Helm’s idea of “statuses” Individual vs Group Identification A. Awareness – feelings of difference (individual)/ awareness of diversity (group) o Individual – “ I am just realizing that heterosexuality is not all there is” o Group – “ I had no idea there were LGBT people out there” B. Exploration o Individual: Exploration of feelings Sexual behaviors are not necessarily explored “the way I feel makes me think id like to be sexual with women” o Group: Exploration of group Increased awareness of heterosexism How do I fit with lesbian community? “I am getting to know gay and lesbian people for the first time and it is scary, but exciting” C. Deepening/Commitment o Individual - Commitment to self-knowledge self-fullfilment
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Unformatted text preview: may feel compelled to take some group level actions I clearly feel more intimate sexually and emotionally with women than with men o Group deeper understanding of values and oppression of LGB community I have recently been undergoing a liberation a getting involved in lesbian culture D. Internalization/Synthesis o Individual: Integration of identity into self-concept I am deeply fulfilled by my relationships with women o Group: Identity as member of oppressed group-but, does NOT necessitate political activism I can now, as a lesbian, relate comfortably to gay, lesbians, and non-gays *Last phase similar to white people are able to relate and work together because they feel comfortable with both groups. 03:27 03:27...
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