Faculty member to
present Oct. 9 program on the coming out process
University faculty member will present “The Evolution
of the Coming Out Process: Pre-Stonewall to Post Gay” Oct. 9 on campus.
The free program, open
to the public, is at 7 p.m. in Dauphin Humanities Center 051.
Dr. Andy Dunlap,
assistant professor of social work and gerontology, will discuss the process by
which gay, lesbian and bisexual people make a
public declaration. He will provide answers to such questions
as how do people
make the decision to come out, what is
the coming out process like, and how
the coming out process evolved and changed over
It also includes narratives
from five different age cohorts to help to contextualize findings.
a clinical social worker, received his Ph.D. in 2012 from Smith College School
of Social Work. His dissertation, “Changes in
the Coming Out Process Over Time, “ received the 2011 Roger Miller Dissertation Grant Award for outstanding doctoral research. His chapter, “Fight Club: A Support Group for LGBT Youth,” appears in the 2012 edition of
Days in the Lives of Social Workers.