Sexual orientation, sexual identity, and the question of choice

  title={Sexual orientation, sexual identity, and the question of choice},
  author={Laura Reiter},
  journal={Clinical Social Work Journal},
  • L. Reiter
  • Published 1 June 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… 
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