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a major event in the lives of lesbians and gays, can mean coming
to terms with one’s own sexual identity as well as disclosing
that identity to others. Many gay and lesbian groups have formed
in Boston that offer understanding, assistance, and support for
the process of discovering and describing oneself. Moreover, such
groups provide networks of social contacts that build solidarity
and community. The organizations are diverse in focus and purpose;
some form around specific issues or institutions, others are purely
social or political, but together they strive to meet the needs
of individuals seeking the benefits of communal action and support.