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(# | %)
|Comfortable having LGBTQ
in group (1-7 ± SD)
LGBQ (1-7 ± SD)
Trans (1-7 ± SD)
(yes | no | unsure)
|Know LBGTQ in living group
(yes | no | unsure)
|Group attitude toward
LGBTQ (1-7 ± SD)
|6.77 ± 0.97
||6.39 ± 1.26
||6.12 ± 1.40
|6.51 ± 0.93
|Frequency of word use - joking
(1-7 ± SD)
|Joking reaction? Bothers - speak out
|Joking reaction? Bothers - ask someone else
|Joking reaction? Bothers - ignore
|Joking reaction? Doesn't bother - ignore
|Joking reaction? Doesn't bother - feel accepted/included
|Joking reaction? Doesn't bother - join in
|5.07 ± 1.60
|Frequency of word use - derogatory
(1-7 ± SD)
|Derogatory reaction? Bothers - speak out
|Derogatory reaction? Bothers - ask someone else
|Derogatory reaction? Bothers - ignore
|Derogatory reaction? Doesn't bother - ignore
|Derogatory reaction? Doesn't bother - feel accepted/included
|Derogatory reaction? Doesn't bother - join in
|6.62 ± 1.03
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Comments (primary residence)
"I've lived on and spent times on many different halls at EC. While EC as a whole is very accepting of LGBTQ students, some floors are more so than others. For example, I think an LGBTQ student would likely feel most comfortable on 4W, 5E, or 3E."
"I love that my sorority is so LGBT friendly, which was not something I would have ever expected coming into college. "
"EC is overall a very accepting place to live. Although attitudes may vary from hall to hall, you will find that on the whole EC residents are welcoming and friendly. If you decide to live at EC, I'd highly encourage you to feel free with your sexual orientation and gender identity."
"A lot of people in EC have been very helpful and encouraging for me as I was first coming out. This is not to say that other halls are not accepting, but I've had particularly good experiences with residents from 4E, 5E, 3E, 1E, 2E, and 4W (no particular order)."
"I think East Campus is very open-minded about different lifestyles. It's perfectly normal, and often celebrated, here to deviate from social norms and expectations, in whatever way makes sense for you. My hall in particular has a live-and-let-live attitude, so as long as your behavior doesn't harm others, no one will have a problem with, or even really care about, what you do, believe, identify as, etc. (This does mean that it's unlikely we'll ever have a deep conversation about LGBTQ issues, though.) Also, it's been my experience that EC residents aren't terribly attached to labels people use for themselves. For example, it wouldn't be a big deal at all if someone who identified as straight made out with someone of the same gender at a party. "
"I'm sorry; I wish I could be of more help, but I don't really know much about the LGBTQ lifestyle at my dorm and sorority. I know a lot of people, but we aren't really friends, so I'm not sure how they feel. Both seem very open places though. So much so, that sometimes I forget what much of the world is like."
"East Campus is a very intense environment, and sometimes comes off as rude, but one thing that people consistently won't tolerate is intolerance to how people identify. All sorts of people live at EC, and as long as you're respectful of other people, other people will be respectful of you."
"I came out as trans while living at pika, and got nothing but support. I hardly ever even had to correct people on my name or pronouns; whenever someone did slip up, other people would correct them before I managed to say anything. / / My coming out as trans was a non-issue at EC. There was never really any discussion of it. I announced that I was changing my name and pronouns, and that was that; people made the switch without any prompting or questions."
"EC is a great place to be queer. Pretty much everyone at EC is queer in some way (not necessarily with respect to gender and/or sexuality), and I'm pretty sure that anyone could find a place here."
"Being openly gay is exceedingly easy here."
"We couldn't care less about sexual orientation. Offensive language regarding gays is always used in a joking manner, and is a result of the amount of offensive language used in general, rather than a particularly directed insult. My hall is more for LGBTQ members who are comfortable enough with their sexuality to joke about it. Virtually no one is homophobic, but all groups and affiliations are equally joked about and insulted."
"I think EC as a whole is accepting of the LGBTQ community, especially for those who are openly LGBTQ. I rarely if ever hear LGBTQ slurs used, and only occasionally is the word 'gay' used in a 'joking' manner. However, people are a bit nosy about people's sex lives (regardless of their sexuality) and like to ask a lot of questions/make comments. This definitely does bother some people, and I can see it being unpleasant for someone who is LGBTQ but maybe not ready to make that public knowledge. I think it is rarely if ever badly intentioned, but again, I could see it being annoying. "
"I knew someone who had identified as gay in the past, but seemed to be considering a heterosexual relationship. For a while, a lot of people made jokes about this person being bad at being gay. Eventually people figured out that these comments were bothersome and a year later, they seem to have stopped, at least as far as I know."
"I lived at Simmons previously, which is also pretty accepting I guess, but seemed less accepting than East Campus for sure."
"We have several LGBT individuals and a few who are polyamorous. People _never_ use "gay", "faggot", or "dyke". Literally never. Well, people use "gay" to refer to homosexual men, "faggot" occasionally to refer to cigarettes or logs when feeling particularly late-1800's British, some Course-12 people use "dike" to refer to sheet-like intrusions into rock formations, and our Course-6 people use "dike" to refer to a particular kind of wire cutters. It's not generally a big deal when people come out. People are accepting and generally take a relaxed view of sexuality."
"I came from a place that was very judgmental and people who were different were not accepted in society. They were made fun of and became outcasts, but at MIT its a very different environment. People here who aren't accepting are the ones who become outcasts, everyone is extremely accepting of who you are. I have never know such a large group of people of people who are truly this nice and accepting."
"No one cares at East Campus or Senior House. You can keep your sexuality to yourself, or flaunt it, and no one will go out of their way to bother you. They're very lighthearted and fun about things like that. If you are struggling with your sexuality and need more personal help and advice, it is probably better to go to a smaller, more close-knit living group like Random or an LGBTQ-friendly ILG. At places like that, people will not judge you but will be open to talking about it more seriously."
"I live on 1W, which for a hall in East Campus is on the less sexually adventurous side; while I am openly lesbian, I wouldn't call myself *flamboyantly* lesbian; as in, if I were to make out with a girlfriend in the hall lounge, people would want me to get a room, simply because they'd want anyone making out in the lounge to get a room. Since there's a correlation between being queer and being sexually adventurous, the difference between various EC halls is something to keep in mind."
"While I have often been afraid of how people would react to my coming out (I grew up in India, and I was especially afraid of coming out to other Indians), I have *never* had a negative reaction, or faced discrimination or exclusion, even from people raised conservatively who had never met another lgbtq individual. It's been great."
"I have heard from other people that East Campus is currently marked as a place that is very unfriendly towards LGBTQ people. Im my experience here, I have seen none of that. Although there are those around here that have a tradition of saying things just for their shock value and I can imagine how something like that could get out of hand, even though I have never personally experienced it."
"I was on the women's rugby team for 3 years and learned to be very accepting of people with different sexual orientation than my own. "
"I think East Campus is very open and accepting of LGBTQ students. I know quite a few people who identify as such and a handful who are transgender or genderqueer. The atmosphere is very nonjudgmental in general."
"East Campus is accepting of everyone. No one gives a fuck who you're fucking."
"My best friend is gay. I don't care that he has a boyfriend, and why should I? It doesn't matter to me if someone is gay or straight... unless I'm interested in them :)"
"I had a roommate freshman year. He moved off hall the end of our sophomore year, but he continued visiting throughout junior year. One day he found out that I'm attracted to men (he went through someone else's email where I had said this) and in an angry email exchange between us, he told me that he knew and threatened to out me. I was struck with panic and I basically became disgusted at the sight or sound of my old roommate. I made a difficult decision to go to my GRTs and explained the story, and they immediately took my side and supported me. The housemaster team helped to get that jerk removed from my hall. Not many of my hallmates came to know the story. Some of them were very supportive of my decision to get him removed from the hall, while from others I didn't feel much solidarity. The jerk wasn't friends with many people on hall, so people didn't care much about his getting kicked off. It's hard to tell what would have happened if he had more friends on hall -- whether they'd support me or not."
"Third East and fith east (halls in EC) in particular are very accepting to LBGTQ. Not that the other halls aren't--I've just had more firsthand experience with those two halls. "
"Third East and fith east (halls in EC) in particular are very accepting to LBGTQ. Not that the other halls aren't--I've just had more firsthand experience with those two halls. I had many friends on both halls who were openly gay/lesbian, and a friend on each hall who was trans--one MtoF and one FtoM, and everyone was really awesome about it. In one case the friend sent an e-mail to the hall e-mail list saying, "Hey guys, I'm not a boy anymore. I'm not really a girl either, but that's a closer approximation, so try to use the correct pronouns." People occasionally made mistakes at the beginning, but for the most part were incredibly supportive and respectful. EC in general is a great place to be LBGTQ. "
"East Campus is a particularly open place, and includes the range of people from hardcore LGBTQ ambassadors and allies, to people who have no trouble with LGBTQ neighbors but occasionally use the word gay to complain about a problem set."
"I was an ally in high school an I've grown into a (hopefully) better one in college. I'm very proud of East Campus because it has a culture that is welcoming enough to make people feel like they can be themselves openly and indifferent enough to allow people's personal lives to remain private, which is a strikingly rare and enjoyable combination."
"I'm from a very conservative small town in the Bible Belt. While I was never homophobic, I knew/know a lot of people who are. Living at MIT in East Campus and seeing how well the community fits together with people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual orientations gave me the conviction to address some of those people when they made homophobic comments in their conversation with me."
"East Campus is a great place to be gay; there are plenty of us here and I feel totally accepted. It's a 'do whatever you want' kind of place. EC people are independent, direct, and opinionated, but they'll listen to you if something's bothering you. Also, EC is right next to the Rainbow Lounge in the basement of Walker, so it's convenient to go to all the LGBTQ parties, dinners, discussions, etc."
"MIT in general is a great place to be gay - there are You Are Welcome Here rainbow signs on most faculty/staff/administrators' doors, and I've never had anyone, students or faculty, say anything negative when I mention I'm bi or that I went on a date with the other day."
"We have a pretty high percentage of openly LBGTQ people on our hall which makes it a more aware space. Other halls may be different."
"I find MIT community wellness not that LBGTQ friendly. As a GRT I try to buffer between them and my hall, but maybe they could be evaluated for LBGTQ friendliness by living pink and be addressed in that capacity."
"After living with (and becoming friends with) one the freshman on my floor for a semester, I began to suspect that he was gay. He had never told me that he was, but I had a feeling he might be. So one day, when we were alone in the kitchen, I asked him if he was gay. He didn't have an answer that night, he just said "I don't know" and I left it like that. A few months later, after he had thought about it and talked it over with his friends from back home, he decided to come out of the closet to his friends back home and his friends here are MIT. Soon after he came out to his parents. He told me at some point that I was the first person to seriously ask him if he was gay (the other times people had been joking). I'm glad that he felt comfortable enough to come out to our floor, his friends, and his family. He seems much happier now. / / Additionally, my freshman year, one of my TAs was a senior from EC. I thought that he was a great TA and he was always very helpful. On the last day of class, a person from my dorm told me something I never would have guessed, that he had been born female and had undergone a gender transition while here at MIT. It did not change my opinion of him at all, but it made me realize how accepting EC really was. No one referred to him as a "she" and he had a girlfriend as well. Since then, I have seen other people go through gender transitions in EC as well. "
"Both my dorm and sorority are really accepting of LGBTQ people. I've never heard any derogatory or negative comments in either. "
"East Campus is one of the dorms that has 'a lot of crazy people.' While the repertoire is more 'we build shit' and 'have any kind of sex you want as much as you want' than I've noticed in any other dorm. People point out people as lesbians all the time, but I've never seen any persecution of any sexuality, nor heard of it. "
"East Campus is one of the most accepting places I have ever encountered. It's a joy to live in such a diverse community."
"I live on 2E, and I think about 1/3 of our hall identifies as LGBTQ. A lot of people are questioning or have questioned their sexual orientation at some point while living here, and I feel like it's a very supportive place to explore your identity."
"People can be mean at times to each other in EC, but this is irrespective of any personal traits. Everyone is as open to criticism as everyone else, and on the whole it is a very accepting place."
"Living in EC was eye-opening after coming from the Bible Belt. I was never not accepting, but EC has helped me see that LGBTQ aren't things that should have to be accepted--they should just be."
"EC is a great place to discover who you are, whether it's LGBTQ or science/math/engineering major. The halls all have different cultures, but if you find one you like you will be accepted regardless of who you are. Make friends, experiment, and learn about yourself! EC - not as mean as we seem =D"
"My specific subsection of East Campus, Fifth East, is, as far as I can tell, very accepting of LGBTQ and occasionally actively encourages it. I'm not uncomfortable sharing my interest in men (I'm male), and I don't think anyone is going to judge me any differently for it. "
"I'm from East Campus and I don't feel comfortable toward gay people. I much prefer they keep a don't ask don't tell policy if they have to be here. I have friends in Senior Haus who feel the same way, but I also hear there is a large gay community in Senior Haus. I'm always grateful I've never had to live near them."
"Gays creep me out."
"Most accepting place I've ever been "
"Fourth East in East Campus is particularly accepting of the LGBTQ community. Some of our residents are affiliated with the LGBTQ club as well."
"I live in EC because it is such an accepting community and enjoy that my fellow residents can feel comfortable, in the same way that I feel comfortable at EC regardless of such things as religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, race, and really anything that makes people unique and different."
"We don't care whether your homosexual or not. Whether you're a good engineer, well, that's a different story. "
"No. I haven't really interacted with gay people all that much. Just luck I suppose. "
"I would say that East Campus really does not care what your sexual and/or gender orientation is if you live here. What people choose to do or not do in private spaces is considered their business and who you are attracted to is simply considered not hall business; if it comes up nobody will really give a damn and if it doesn't then it doesn't. "
"I live on fourth west. There are about 4 lesbians who live on hall, and many more come to hang out. It is a very LGBTQ accepting community. "
"The only people I know who have used the aforementioned terms in a joking manner are "members of the lbgtq community." I haven't heard them mentioned in a derogatory manner, so I don't actually know how I would react. "
"EC seems to be so accepting of LGBTQ people that I almost feel left out being straight. Not in a bad way, of course."
"East Campus is entirely accepting, but sometimes people can have a skewed or self-(or friend-)deprecating sense of humor. So I'd recommend it more to someone who is comfortable around such things. But don't discount it entirely if that doesn't sound entirely like you - there's lots of variation within the dorm as well."
"While the culture at EC varies by what hall you live in, I am very comfortable being out on my hall, and have not really encountered any negative behavior on account of my homosexuality. I can tell the people I'm friends with in EC about potential boyfriends and I feel it is just as normal as if I was sharing information about a potential girlfriend. EC, and the "east side of campus" in general is a very accepting place. / / If you are LGBTQ, you don't have to worry about whether or not you will be accepted here. "
"EC has a low response rate to this survey, I'm pretty sure the main reason is people really don't care about how you identify here. I almost didn't respond, I know we have a history of ranking highly in this survey even with our low response rate and I didn't feel like putting the time into filling this out at first. / "
"East Campus is nuts, but the queers and the not-queers and the people-who-love-queers and the introverts and the extroverts and everyone else all live in harmony. Even the few of my friends who don't know the first thing about LGBT political issues (or who oppose certain legislated equality) are perfectly comfortable. "
"East Campus is an unusual place. The culture here holds nothing sacrosanct, and so comments that, if taken verbatim, could be seen as derogatory, happen a lot (and about all kinds of groups) but I've never heard anyone actually make an honest derogatory comment about sexuality, race, or anything. For example, we were discussing North Carolina's recent marriage amendment, and someone said "well, it makes sense, because gay people aren't citizens." Someone else replied, "yeah, at most they're 3/5 of a citizen." These comments are so clearly sarcastic and clearly meant to degrade homophobic opinions, that, as a gay student, I actually find them extremely funny and welcoming and join in myself. It feels very much like the people who make these comments are united *with* the LGBT community against the "common foe" of homophobia. My hall has at least eight people who identify as LGBT, and there's never any problem about this at all. I know for a fact that if I were to be dating someone of the same gender and decided to introduce them to hall (or make out with them in the hallway,) no one would care at all. EC is very much a live and let live kind of place. "
"East Campus is very LGBTQ friendly, people care about your personality rather than something trivial like orientation. Of course, there's the occasional bigot/jerk/ignorant person, but people quickly put them down. A thing to note though, although EC is LGBTQ friendly, it is not necessarily an overall friendly place. Many residents can be quite mean especially to less interesting people, though it's very rarely because of orientation. It's especially easy to see this on the dorm's discussion mailing list. / MIT in general is mostly accepting. There are some conservatives/homophobes lying around, but they generally don't speak up, and bigotry is frowned upon."
"There are a lot of people in the East side dorms whom I consider aggressively gay friendly, as in they'll blindly side with whatever favors the LGBTQ point of view and be very anal about it. / Particularly, there are people who will disapprovingly say things are "heteronormative" when someone assumes a guy's dating a girl or whatever, ignoring the fact that heterosexuality is indeed the norm and it might be overdoing it to make sure everyone accounts for the ~1% of people who are gay in daily speech. / People attack me for saying things like "it's not unreasonable they'd disqualify a transsexual from a beauty pageant." There is absolutely a valid (but morally weird and not nice) reason to disqualify a transsexual. There is no discussion on these sorts of things, just the absolute that all things LGQBT must be supported. I have no problem with LGQBT and I know they have to fight for their rights, but sometimes it seems like the support swings to the other extreme. "
"East Campus seems to be very accepting and even encouraging of those who are LBGTQ, though it seems to be something that is accepted and not made a big deal of. As much as we aren't against it, we also don't celebrate it. So it seems more neutral as a whole, though I've met lots of people who are very encouraging for people to not see it as a black and white subject. "
"gay people suck"
Comments (secondary residence)
"I haven't lived in Maseeh that long, but I get the impression that it's a bit less accepting than East Campus."
"After my good friend came out, I was awesome to see everyone so accepting and supportive. "
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