Sexual Minority Report: a survey of Student Attitudes


Table 1: Minority Comfort Level: Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Sexual Orientation Minorities



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Table 1: Minority Comfort Level: Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Sexual Orientation Minorities


Question: Yes/No, I would/ would not feel comfortable if….

Yes

R/E/C Sexual



No

R/E/C Sexual






Frequency Percent

Frequency Percent

Frequency Percent

Frequency Percent

A close family member was of a different…


61 89.7%

47 69.1%

6 8.8%

20 29.9%

A close family member was dating/married to a person of a different…


62 91.2%

53 77.9%

5 7.4%

14 20.6%

If your roommate was of a different…


62 91.2%

38 55.9%

5 7.4%

29 42.6%

To speak of issues in class about…


62 91.2%

58 85.3%

4 5.9%

9 13.2%

Living on the same floor in the residence halls as someone of a different…


64 94.1%

60 88.2%

3 4.4%

7 10.3%

To speak with someone of a different…


64 94.1%

61 89.7%

3 4.4%

6 8.8%

If your best friend “came out”


n/a

48 70.6%

n/a

19 27.9%

If there was a strong gay/lesbian presence on campus

n/a

32 47.1%

n/a

34 50.0%

Valid N= 67 Missing =1




Most respondents feel comfortable in these specific situations with racial, ethnic, and class minorities. However, it varies of how many respondents feel comfortable in the specific situations with sexual minorities. The questions “if your roommate…” and “if there was a strong gay/lesbian presence on campus” have the largest differences between the respondents who do and do not feel comfortable in those situations. While the majority of the respondents answered “Yes” to the question about a roommate’s sexual orientation, 42.6% of the respondents answered “No” to the question. Exactly 50% of the respondents answered “No” they would not feel comfortable with a strong gay/lesbian presence on campus.

In this study, four scales were created based on Minority Comfort Level: Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Sexual Orientation Minorities questions from the survey to measure a person’s comfort level with sexual minorities. Each of these scales is based off of questions from the survey. The first scale, Table 2: Sexual Minorities Comfort Scale (SMCS), measures how comfortable a person would feel in specific situations with sexual minorities. The respondent answered “yes” or “no” to whether they would feel comfortable in the specific situations, such as “I would/would not feel comfortable if a close family member ‘came out’ as gay/lesbian/bisexual,” “I would/would not feel comfortable if a roommate ‘came out’ as gay/lesbian/bisexual,” and “I would/would not feel comfortable to speak with someone who is gay, lesbian, or bisexual” (see Appendix C).

A comfort score ranges from 0- 8 on the SMCS, 0 being the least comfortable with sexual minorities and 8 being the most comfortable. A score of 0 means that all of the questions on the SMCS were answered “No, I would not feel comfortable…” in the specific situations. A score of 8 means that all of the questions on the SMCS were answered “Yes, I would feel comfortable…” in the specific situations.




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