RE: "RISK TAKING "
The following paragraph is extracted from the previous article on Risk Taking in order to build self-acceptance and ensuing self-esteem and integrating into a heterosexist society. This previous article and this situation in the following paragraph resonates with many of us.
We gay men were vulnerable and susceptible to self-esteem deficiencies from the get-go because of our cultural backdrop.
It was a set-up for emotional torture and turmoil from the beginning,
something we didn’t have control over and had to learn to face and
overcome as we grew into adulthood. Discrimination and the threat of
potential violence for discovery of our sexual orientation are realities
and these fears keep us inhibited and stifled, thwarting our
development if we let it. In addition to the ordinary
developmental tasks and challenges that all members of our society must
tackle as we grow through the life cycle, we gay men must also cope with
integrating a sexual identity that is not accepted by the society at
large and learning how to function with a sexual minority status. Not
What is described here is a fairly common experience. How have you handled this in your own life?
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