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Random Hall

Random Hall website     |     Population = 93

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)
6.59 ± 1.07
6.32 ± 1.34
5.63 ± 1.65
yes: 81.6%
no: 8.2%
unsure: 8.2%
yes: 79.6%
no: 10.2%
unsure: 10.2%
6.20 ± 1.05
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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
5.73 ± 1.44
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
6.90 ± 0.46

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Comments (primary residence)

"Gay couples are publicly affectionate, and it's considered as cute when they are as when heterosexual couples are. "

"We're also very accepting of kinky or polyamorous people. We also take enthusiastic consent very seriously. / "

"As a bisexual, I've found Random Hall to be pretty much the ideal environment when it comes to dealing with queer issues. Talking about a same-sex partner is treated the same as talking about an opposite-sex partner. Tangentially, I know a number of people here who are polyamorous or otherwise unusual in their sexual practices. I don't perceive these things as a big deal, neither a source of inferiority or special pride. We're just all human beings."

"I would say that the vast majority of Randomites are completely accepting of LGTBQ members of the dorm. There's a certain lack of awareness, especially of asexual and genderqueer issues, but no intentional malice. There are two people who I do not associate with specifically because I have heard them say things like "being gay is a choice and gay people are immoral" and "how can you not know your gender? you're a man or a woman and there's no other options." While this is unacceptable, I can only think of 2 out of our 93 residents who actually believe that shit. "

"Random Hall is extremely accepting of people that deviate from the norm in any way, including sexual preference, gender presentation, choice of hobbies, social style, or a variety of other deviations. Almost all of us do *something* that normal society would find socially unacceptable: some of us play DnD, some of us read math textbooks for fun, some of us are masochists, some of us are attracted to the opposite gender, some of us enjoy hugs and cuddle piles, some of us are polyamorous, some of us are asexual - the list goes on. Furthermore, Random Hall has a close relationship with its alumni, and among these alumni you can find many examples of LGBTQ adults who are not only "out," but are also leading highly successful lives in a variety of fields. I have alumni friends who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, polyamorous, kinky, transgender or transitioning, and many combinations of these attributes, and they have helped me connect with greater community of people of alternative sexualities. This experience has been extremely valuable; I not only feel *less alone* as a person of alternative sexuality, but also realize that there is a vast community of people *in the real world* who are much like me and who I can share my experiences with. In short, whatever your particular deviance is, you can find a home in Random Hall and in our community, and will find not only acceptance, but also support, encouragement, and mentors/role models. Some have expressed concern for LGBTQ students because each of our rooms is assigned a permanent gender, to ensure a gender balance on each floor, and lotteries are run by gender; however, any student who feels uncomfortable with this system could go to our housemaster, room assignment chair, GRTs, anyone in dorm government, or anyone else they feel comfortable approaching, and request other accommodations - for example, they could ask to be assigned to the gender of their choice in the lottery instead of the gender listed for them by MIT."

"The floor of random (14 people) I lived on last year had fewer straight people than otherwise. NONE of the otherwise acted in ways stereotypically ascribed to their orientarion. I was perfectly comfortable: Everyone was normal (at least by random hall standards), just perhaps not straight. THIS is how LGBTQ-ness is at Random: Not eccentric."

"I did in fact have a transgender roommate last year. Again, he wasn't very eccentric, and we got along fine. Frankly, had he, I dunno, started wearing drag all the time, that may have made me uncomfortable."

"People in Random who are queer do not seem as obnoxious about it as they did in East Campus. When I was in East Campus, I sometimes felt uncomfortable being straight, because those who weren't were so vocal about their identity."

"Random has a higher portion of openly homosexual students than any other place I've lived. I feel perfectly comfortable discussing gender and sexuallity roles here."

"Random hall is very very accepting. I came out over IAP and there was no response. There were out people allready and no one treated it like it was a big deal at all. / At ET people don't have conversations about sexuality very often. However, people are very accepting and similarly are non-reactive. "

"Random Hall: When I came out I was living on a floor with a high percentage of identified LGBT people. The reaction was as follows: / personA:'aww that is so cute!' / PersonB: 'wait who is she dating?' / personA: 'She is dating [mygirlfriend]' / personB: 'Oh. Yeah. I can see that.'"

"I think Random is a very open and accepting place. "

"If anybody has any issues whatsoever with non-heterosexual persons, I haven't seen them come up. A decently large portion of the dorm is also either gay or bisexual. The amount of judgement somebody would face for being judgemental far far outweighs the amount of judgement directed at non-straight members of the dorm. "

"We're completely accepting. Last year, over half my floor identified as non-straight. We had a running joke: "You must be at least this gay to live on this floor." The community probably wouldn't tolerate anyone who was openly homophobic or uncomfortable around LGBTQ residents."

"When my roommate came out to me last year, the thing that surprised me most was that she didn't want anyone to know. When she eventually decided to tell the rest of her friends, everyone was fine with it. She and her girlfriend are adorable."

"I've never seen sexual orientation become an issue when freshmen are choosing their roommates; maybe it happens, but I didn't ask, and my non-straight classmates had no trouble finding accepting floors and roommates. On one floor that I spend time on, queerness is sometimes considered the norm."

"From the perspective of a straight person with numerous gay, lesbian, and bi friends, I believe that Random Hall is extremely accepting of these groups. I do not remember ever hearing an offensive comment against these groups during the 2 years that I have lived here. I sincerely hope that the many gays/lesbians/bis in Random agree with this assessment. I would want to know if this were not the case so that any issues could be addressed."

"Thank you for offering this survey."

"The majority of my floor (Black Hole) is LGBTQ, as is a large percentage of Random. "

Comments (secondary residence)

"I live in Simmons, and my friends here who know my orientation are completely comfortable with my being bi. However, I really don't go out of my way to let people know. My philosophy is that if it matters to them, they'll find out. So most don't actually know my orientation. A few of my friends who are extremely religious may not be comfortable with this, but I don't actually know since none of them know. / / Meanwhile, at Random, being LBGTQ is actually celebrated. It makes the floor "more awesome". Most of my female friends in Random are bi, and I'm completely comfortable there."

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