Outing

Outing

(verb | to out, verb, -ed, -ing)

To share with others, in public, etc, an identity that was previously unknown to people, usually referring to attraction orientation or gender. You should never out someone without their consent. Outing someone without their express and prior consent is dangerous, possibly even deadly. In casual use, when someone talks about “being outed” or someone “outing” somebody, the incident is usually negative, sudden or unexpected. When people are talking about making this choice for themselves, it’s usually expressed as someone “coming out” instead of “outing”.

e.g. A coworker accidentally outed Xander at work during a team meeting.

Further reading to gain expanded context:

Why Outing Trans People is Dangerous | Fusion Magazine

Outing | Teen Source

Why it’s never OK to ‘out’ someone as LGBTQ+ | Cosmopolitan


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