Faculty member to present Oct. 9 program on the coming out process

A Shippensburg 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 has the coming out process evolved and changed over time. It also includes narratives from five different age cohorts to help to contextualize findings.

Dunlap, 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.