The intent of this 2010 qualitative, phenomenological study was to understand the experiences of undergraduates who identified as gay/lesbian in faith-based colleges. Some of the issues students encountered were identity denial, perceptions of homosexuality on campus, exposure to off-campus cultures, concealing sexual identity, establishing a peer support network, and reconciling faith and sexual identity. Participants discussed support from faculty/staff, counseling services, school policies, male residence hall culture, and perceptions of administrators. Considerations for improving practice include making informed enrollment decisions, supporting sexual identity formation during college, reconciling faith and sexual identity, encouraging supportive networks, and developing policies regarding campus sexual behavior.
Wentz, Joel M. and Wessel, Roger D.
"Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Students Attending Faith-Based Colleges: Considerations for Improving Practice,"
Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development: Vol. 11:
11, Article 7.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/acsd_growth/vol11/iss11/7
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