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Maseeh Hall

Maseeh Hall website     |     Population = 446

General results

Response rate
(# | %)
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)
6.14 ± 1.52
5.33 ± 1.91
4.56 ± 1.78
yes: 66.0%
no: 9.9%
unsure: 22.7%
yes: 78.6%
no: 8.6%
unsure: 12.9%
6.10 ± 1.01
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Language results

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
4.71 ± 1.45
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
6.14 ± 1.28

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Comments (primary residence)

"I honestly am not sure how safe a space Maseeh is. I have never heard or seen inappropriate behavior but it is possible it exists."

"Although my living group is accepting as a whole, some individuals are not accepting of members of the LGBTQ community. These students usually keeps their views to themselves and are not at all aggressive about them so I have no found any issue in hanging out with them and interacting with them in my dorm. My GRTs are amazing. They are completely open and accepting and facilitate a welcoming community on my floor. I am so lucky to be living on a floor with them. / As a queer female I feel very alone in Maseeh as I only know of two other female members of the LGBTQ community in my dorm. I am attempting to move to a new dorm where I can be surrounded by more of the LGBTQ community."

"A freshman on my floor came out to me over IAP. He was very scared to be out at MIT especially because he had no idea how his roommates would react, and also because he did not feel that he would fit in with the gays on campus. He ended up dating another boy on my floor and they are able to be publicly affectionate and completely out and I have found that our floor is very accepting and happy that the two are together."

"As a GRT people seem to stay on neutral ground around me, which I like. As far as I can tell it makes it so that people feel comfortable hanging out during study breaks. It would be interesting to find out what goes on when people are not around me. "

"As an undergraduate, I was roommates with someone who was just beginning to identify with being LGBT but did not come out to me or anyone else that year. He later told me he felt very stressed during that time and wished our GRT was more available and active. After getting to the other side, I would like to say that most of MIT's GRTs are very welcoming and informed; if not, let the housemasters know if someone is in the role and not taking it seriously they are in it for the wrong reasons. "

"Note that a good portion of the people that I choose to hang out with are either part of the LBGT community, or they just happen to not care who it is you decide to sleep with or love. Because of this, I am sure there are still people that think otherwise that exist in Maseeh. I just don't take time out of my day to see them, and they aren't visable enough to bother me."

"MIT as a whole is one of the most accepting places I've ever lived when it comes to LGBT. Even though I am completely straight, neither I nor anyone I know of at MIT has ever had a problem with a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered student. The mindset here is one of acceptance, and that people's personal choices are just that, personal. There is a lack of judgement here that I find refreshing."

"One particular time at MIT, I've referred a group of transgender women as "transgender women" at a party. Offend, they shot they were simply women and proud to be. They began a man bash and making out with each other while the crowd cheered them on and boo'd at my friends and me. I said I was sorry to miss identify and they merely sneered and snide remarks. My friend lost her cool and said "Just because you get to play pretend and wear vaginas for a day, doesn't mean you have to be assholes." Now I'm not supporting what my friend said, but she has a point. While I will never understand the hardships of what it's like to homosexual or transgender, I do know that sometimes when I try to learn about the community, I've been made fun on more than one occasion. I support you guys and what you're doing, I think it's awesome. I just don't want to dissed or put down when I don't know what I did wrong to you. I recently made a transgender woman during spring break who wanted to be refereed as a "transgender woman" because she felt the term "women" was too narrow of a scope for her. All she did was correct me, very sweetly, and moved on."

"Being gay i feel comfortable about my fraternity and my current dorm"

"I think MIT is one of the most accepting places I've yet to seen."

"One of my closest friend, whom I've known since I was 1 year old, came out to me as Bi 2 years ago. He had identified himself as Bisexual for the past 3 years, but didn't have the courage to tell me. Mainly because we had grown a bit apart since he transferred from school, but I still cared for him. When he told me, I wasn't as surprised, but I'll admit that I felt a bit uncomfortable whenever he talked about his experience with other men. That was when I had to learn that nothing could change between us, he is still the same guy I met long ago. And I'm happy to say that our friendship has grown. / / A few weeks ago I was chatting/catching up to him at 3 in morning. He was feeling a bit down, and he wanted to know how I was doing. He asked how I could stand MIT with all the work/activities I'm involved in. And I told him that I could do all of it because I'm doing what makes me happy. He later unexpectedly thanks me for being there for him through all those years, even after he came out. And he felt better about being and doing what makes him happy. I miss him, I wish we could've hang out more often before college, but I'm glad that we still keep contact with each other."

"I don't come across lesbian/gay people through my living group often."

"Maseeh's a big place, so your experience will definitely depend on where you are within it. Some floors or wings might be more accepting than others. "

"I haven't lived in Maseeh that long, but I get the impression that it's a bit less accepting than East Campus."

"Maseeh is a new dorm that has been developing into a very friendly and open community. A student's sexuality isn't the main reason for his/her acceptance or non-acceptance. We focus more on who you are as a person. "

"Don't be afraid to be you, especially when first meetin people. You will always find the place where you fit in best if you show people the true you."

"Bathrooms are sometimes separated by gender and although it isn't necessarily a strict division, some people are uncomfortable with others using it."

"Two of my best friends are lesbians, and another is bisexual, and their living groups (Next and Simmons) are very accepting of them."

"This is such a diverse dorm and what I love most is that people are enthusiastic to share where they come from -- queer, straight, black, white, brown, religious, atheist, suburban, international, etc -- and they feel they can do so openly because it is a safe space of community. "

"If you are gay and own it people respect you. If you are in the closet people will try to force you to tell them the truth. "

"Maseeh hall is quite welcoming. I've never experienced anyone saying lbgt-discriminatory language"

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