Sexual orientation, sexual identity, and the question of choice

  title={Sexual orientation, sexual identity, and the question of choice},
  author={L. Reiter},
  journal={Clinical Social Work Journal},
  • L. Reiter
  • Published 1989
  • Psychology
  • Clinical Social Work Journal
  • Sexual orientation, determined early in life, may or may not match sexual identity, which can change over time. Starting with a review of some definitions of homosexuality in the literature, the author offers a definition that differentiates between orientation and identity. She goes on to describe several possible routes from gay orientation to gay identity, explains discrepancies, acknowledges the potential threat to subjective identity when sexual identity shifts, and argues that identity… CONTINUE READING
    31 Citations
    Sexual identity: Conflict and confusion in a male adolescent
    • 12
    A Multidimensional Approach to Homosexual Identity
    • 150
    Sexual Identity and Orientation
    • PDF
    Developmental origins of antihomosexual prejudice in heterosexual men and women
    • 27
    Technosexuality: Technology, sexuality, and convergence
    • PDF
    Exploring the Role of Being Out on a Queer Person's Self-Compassion
    • 12
    • PDF
    Sex and Sexuality in Women’s Prisons
    • 25
    • PDF


    Assessment of sexual orientation.
    • E. Coleman
    • Psychology, Medicine
    • Journal of homosexuality
    • 1987
    • 125
    Conceptualizations of homosexual behavior which preclude homosexual self-labeling.
    • 16
    The dilemma of essentiality in homosexual theory.
    • 33
    Toward a new model of treatment of homosexuality: a review.
    • E. Coleman
    • Psychology, Medicine
    • Journal of homosexuality
    • 1978
    • 25
    Homosexual identity: a concept in need of definition.
    • V. C. Cass
    • Psychology, Medicine
    • Journal of homosexuality
    • 1983
    • 224
    Stigma; Notes On The Management Of Spoiled Identity
    • 17,710
    • PDF
    Identifications, neoneeds and neosexualities.
    • J. Mcdougall
    • Psychology, Medicine
    • The International journal of psycho-analysis
    • 1986
    • 43