Faith and sexual identity development of LGBT college students at faith-based institutions



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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in college navigate multiple aspects of identity development, particularly faith and sexual identities. There is a significant gap in literature about the faith experiences of LGBT college students and the resources they need for identity development and success. This study describes the experiences of three LGBT students at faith-based institutions. The participants describe the integration of multiple identities while attending college. The study describes five main findings about the experiences of LGBT students. These findings include the implications of coming out to a student’s communities, the impact of intimate relationships on LGBT student development, the concept of language as an indicator of community acceptance of LGBT students, mentorship, and the importance of college administration’s support in faith development.



Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) college students, Gender identity, Education, higher, Faith, Religious institutions