glass closet


: the state in which the sexual orientation or gender identity of an LGBTQ individual is known to many but not publicly acknowledged
Essentially, I didn't really have to come out … since I was living in a glass closet. I was born with a flamboyancy that could be seen far and wide.Mickey Keating
The actress seemed to layer ambiguity on top of sexuality and race in a way that channeled her own life in the glass closet.Stacy Lambe
Like many other gay people, I also lived in a glass closet. My parents and I simply agreed not to acknowledge that I was gay.Jonathan G. Silin

Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of glass closet was in 1974

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“Glass closet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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