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pika

pika website     |     Population = 32

General results

Response rate
(# | %)
Comfortable having LGBTQ
in group (1-7 ± SD)
Roommate:
LGBQ (1-7 ± SD)
Roommate:
Trans (1-7 ± SD)
LBGTQ Ally
(yes | no | unsure)
Know LBGTQ in living group
(yes | no | unsure)
Group attitude toward
LGBTQ (1-7 ± SD)
37
100%
6.94 ± 0.23
6.77 ± 0.54
6.66 ± 0.79
yes: 97.1%
no: 0.0%
unsure: 2.9%
yes: 97.1%
no: 0.0%
unsure: 2.9%
6.91 ± 0.28
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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
(%)
5.89 ± 1.60
26.1%
13.0%
21.7%
8.7%
26.1%
4.3%
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
(%)
6.97 ± 0.17
92.3%
0.0%
7.7%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%

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Comments (primary residence)

"I feel like pika's generally very accepting of most lifetyle choices- def. accepting of lgbtq community. I was first exposed to LGBTQ community at pika- pika's helped me to understand my own sexuality. "

"I can't imagine a more accepting place than pika for LGBTQ people of all sorts! "

"pika has a long history of accepting those in the LGBTQ community and always has a few members who identify as LGBTQ. When we elect house members to be designated as informal counselors (Ears) to other house members, we usually elect a Female Ear, a Male Ear, and a Queer Ear. "

Comments (secondary residence)

"I started off living in Senior Haus. While it is touted as a great sanctuary of acceptance, I still experienced unaddressed harassment and discrimination. Many people take the "do what you want" culture there to mean "do what you want and accept none of the consequences of your actions, even if you hurt other people". However, it still remains one of the most LGBT-friendly dorms at MIT. / / I have found pika to be the most accepting and progressive living group at MIT as far as LGBTQ issues go. If you identify as queer, it's not even an issue; it's just another fact about you."

"pika is pretty much the most accepting place I've ever been affiliated with. I'm really proud that two transgendered guys felt safe enough to do their pronoun changes while at pika over the last two years, and the only problem was a few (apologetic) people reflexively using the old pronoun for a while, which we made into a fun reverse competition in the "murph book", a notebook we keep in our living room to record goings-on in the house. / / We have a gay pride flag flying from the Roof Deck of our house, and a framed copy of The Genderbread Person - http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Genderbread-2.1.jpg - on the wall of our Jazz Lounge. / / The only downside I can think of is that the house is small enough (<30 people) that LGBTQ people are statistically unlikely to find people in-house to date. / / That said, this year, we have the most adorable girl-girl couple ever! I just realized I don't know if either/both of them identify as bi; but that's sort of normal in the environment; since the assumption is people would be cool with whatever, and that any sexual orientation or gender identity is "normal", there doesn't seem to be a big reason to ask. / "

"Having been around for several years, people find out I am gay (mostly via random comments; I don't think I've ever "come out" to anyone) all the time. I've never had a visible negative reaction, or any reason to believe there was any kind of ongoing but unstated animus."

"pika is extremely open to any and all sexual preferences. As someone who only recently came out, my friends at pika were the first people I told."

"When I first arrived at MIT and pika I was overwhelmed by the variety of sexual expression I wasexposed to. Before pika I didn't know anyone who was transgendered, polyamorous, into BDSM or any other preferences which are not quite mainstream. I feel extremely lucky to have been exposed to this variety. I am a better and more openminded person because of pika. "

"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."

"pika is pretty liberal and LGBTQ friendly. "

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