Six Stages of
Homosexual Identity Formation
If you are gay, lesbian or bisexual, in which "stage" do you "fit" below?
If you're "questioning", do you see yourself in any of the stages below?
Maybe you do or maybe you don't. Either way, that's okay. That's why
we're here -- to help you with your questions.
Stage 1: Identity Confusion
This stage is marked by a "conscious awareness that homosexuality
has relevance" to the individual and his or her behavior.
Stage 2: Identity Comparison
The individual admits the possibility of his or her homosexuality
and "can now examine the wider implications of that tentative commitment."
Stage 3: Identity Tolerance
This stage is characterized by an increased commitment to the
possibility of being gay/lesbian, commonly expressed in statement, "I probably
am a homosexual."
Stage 4: Identity Acceptance
This stage is characterized by continued, increasing contacts
with other homosexuals. The person now accepts rather than
a homosexual self-image or identity.
Stage 5: Identity Pride
The individual uses strategies to revalue homosexual others
Stage 6: Identity Synthesis
The individual sees both the good and bad in other homosexuals.
Homosexuality is integrated with other aspects of self.
Reprinted from Flagstaff Arizona's Rainbow Newsletter