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Out of the closet


Publicly known. Typically, it refers to when homosexuality or Lesbianism becomes publicly known.¬† A person may choose to reveal their sexuality or it may also occur when the person did not wish to make it known public. For centuries homosexuality was not only taboo, but in many cases illegal, so these people had to keep their private lives secret as if kept in a ‘closet’ a private room in one’s house.

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