clos·​et·​ed | \ˈklä-zə-təd, ˈklȯ-\

Definition of closeted 

: closet sense 3 a closeted homosexual

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In a later scene, Hannah explores her Sapphic urges with a closeted female classmate, Courtney (Michele Selene Ang), but the two are interrupted by a stalker (Devin Druid) who snaps a photo of them in action before things go further. Nico Lang, Harper's BAZAAR, "There's No Such Thing As A Slut," 10 Apr. 2017 Watching him deal with the pressures to remain closeted mixed with Reynolds own experience in the community, and the high-rate of suicide among LGBTQ youth served as the inspiration for the film. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Dan Reynolds Talks Inspiration Behind Upcoming LGBTQ Doc, 'Believer'," 21 June 2018 In particular, rumors that Mateen was a closeted gay man and had targeted the club out of self-hatred. Tim Fitzsimons /, NBC News, "What really happened that night at Pulse," 12 June 2018 Five nights and two afternoons a week, one of those Mormons, Joe Pitt, a closeted lawyer working for the infamous fixer Roy Cohn, goes through hell and out the other side to come out as a gay man. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "Lee Pace Came Out Seven Times a Week. Then He Came Out for Real.," 4 June 2018 But Amazon’s new, three-part series A Very English Scandal tells the absolutely true story of Jeremy Thorpe, an ambitious and closeted British politician in the 1970s who attempted to orchestrate the murder of an unpredictable ex-lover. Michele Corriston,, "Hugh Grant Returns to TV as a Gay Politician Who Attempts Murder in A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 The movie touches on real-life issues that face athletes in the closeted world of sports. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "Frameline offers movie feast during Pride Week," 14 June 2018 Desperate for a better life for himself and Tom, Jack impulsively puts his faith in wealthy new client Ken (Terrance Murphy), a closeted gay businessman with a long-suffering wife (Katie McClellan). Gary Goldstein,, "YouTuber Max Emerson's gay hustler drama 'Hooked' lands with a thud," 30 May 2018 It was told from the POV of Alex who, now an adult and helping out in a school, becomes embroiled with one of his pupils, a precocious and closeted teenager called Allen. Alim Kheraj, GQ, "Why TV Needs More Gay Characters," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of closeted

1763, in the meaning defined above

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