glass closet

noun

Definition of 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

First Known Use of glass closet

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Glass closet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glass%20closet. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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