LivingPink | No. 6

No. 6

No. 6 website     |     Population = 54

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)
6.43 ± 1.20
5.59 ± 1.90
4.63 ± 2.11
yes: 72.5%
no: 10.0%
unsure: 15.0%
yes: 12.5%
no: 35.0%
unsure: 52.5%
5.38 ± 1.09
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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
4.43 ± 1.36
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
5.68 ± 1.79

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Comments (primary residence)

"As a group, No. 6 tries to be inclusive of LGBTQ people. While we do not have any now, we have gay LGBTQ members and they had a good experience. We have a number of very socially-aware members who are not afraid to call someone out on using offensive language, and talk openly in support of LGBT and gender issues."

"Some in our living group come from societies where the LGBTQ community is not accepted. There are some issues with familiarity but certainly no-one would be openly derogatory and the vast majority are very accepting."

"I would say that at No6, as with most MIT communities, we are extremely open minded. The only thing I should mention is that most residents are from abroad. They are open-minded, but many of the younger (read: freshman) members have had no experience with LGBTQ. We pride ourselves on allowing our members to grow by becoming acquainted with all kinds of people (not just LGBTQ, but also political and religious differences)."

"Although there are people who are very open about their sexual lives at Number Six, I would say that our cultural backgrounds (Latino, Arab, etc.) make it so these topics are sometimes left as rather 'taboo'. I do not know of anyone who is openly gay (eg has mentioned in a group setting, invites their partner to an event at the house, etc) although I am aware of individuals who at least occasionally engage in sexual activity with others of the same sex. I am not certain to what degree the fact that these individuals are not 'out' is due to their personal transition, versus the environment that they live in. "

Comments (secondary residence)

"As a hugely international community, No6 is not as culturally sensitive with LBGTQ issues as other groups. That being said, it is an issue of ignorance or cultural misunderstanding, not intolerance. I would trust everyone there to grow into a new member, regardless of orientation, but I also believe that, unfortunately, it would take a measure of patience from the LGBTQ member that might not be fair to ask."

"I think that No. 6 is becoming more and more accepting, but in the past due to cultural differences the community has been slightly less accepting of the LGBTQ community. I'm impressed with the strides they've made however in recent years to not only foster an accepting diverse international environment but also be more accepting of all walks of life as it was a completely different community my freshman year."

"I think the MIT campus overall is a very accepting environment. I'm actually impressed with the athletics department in particular. They make a special effort to make sure everyone feels welcome on any team. Speaking from personal experience on the crew team, in particular, has always fostered a very welcoming environment in part from the coaches, but also the athletes."

"I hate gay people who hide. I also hate gay people who rub it on your face (singing Ricky Martin while fucking a unicorn in the ass with a strapon). Not because it's gay, but because it's aesthetically displeasing."

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