Is the topic of lesbian and gay identity still relevant today?

Although the term ‘identity’ was not used in the lgbti literature before 1970, it is so commonplace now as to be hardly a topic of conversation any more. For me, this observation raises some interesting questions. For instance:

♦ Is a lesbian or gay identity still important today?

♦ Is the process of identity formation still the same as it once was?

♦ Does lgbti identity look the same now as it did 30 years ago?

♦ Why is gay pride an important strategy for survival against homophobia?

Although more modern topics – such as gay marriage – seem to garner all the attention at the moment, I still believe that we need to keep focussed on the issue of lgbti identity. In fact, I would go so far as to say that we have barely touched the most interesting aspects of this topic, which has stagnated since the 1990s when it become bogged down in a ‘which theory is best’ mentality. So the question is, where can we go from here that will offer some new lines of thought?

As a first step to opening up the discussion once again, I recently published a new book titled, A Quick Guide to the Cass Theory of Lesbian & Gay Identity Formation, which offers an overview of the theory I published, firstly as a journal article in 1979 and a thesis in 1985, and then elaborated on in 1990, 1996 and 1999. My intention with this new book is to provide a snapshot of my whole theory, including not just an outline of the process of identity formation, which has been the focus for researchers, educators and health professionals, but the complete theoretical framework in which this process is placed. I believe that, when considered as a whole, the theory offers us a guide to understanding lesbian and gay identity as it is expressed in the twenty-first century.

For further information about the book see this page on my website:

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