Sees self as member of mainstream group. Denial of inner feelings.
Begin to come out of the “fog.”
Encounter someone or something that breaks through the denial system.
Exploring subculture activities, readings, etc.
Feel arrogance/pride in new identity and deep rage toward majority culture. May adopt/heighten stereotypical behaviors or characteristics (i.e. “I’m different and proud of it!”. May isolate self from mainstream values and activities.
Acceptance and integration of new identity. May go through five stages of grief to let go of old identity and all advantages of heterosexual privilege. Internalize pride/positive feelings about identity. Typically is “out” (with friends, family, at work). More at peace with self.