ERIC Number: ED349497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring Campus Intolerance: A Textual Analysis of Comments Concerning Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People.
LaSalle, Linda A.
Previous research has highlighted some of the problems faced by lesbian, gay, and bisexual college students. This study examined attitudes of faculty, staff, and students regarding lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues at a large public research university. Of the 1,952 faculty and staff who returned a survey on issues related to sexual orientation, 564 offered written comments while 262 of 671 students provided responses. Comments were classified in the following manner: Advocating (expressing support for lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights); Accepting; Neutral, Oppositional, and Hostile. The greatest percentage of comments fell into the oppositional category. More faculty than students expressed an advocating opinion and a fairly substantial percentage of students were accepting. Together the two categories, advocating and accepting, accounted for 29% of the total comments. There was a relatively small number of hostile comments. Comments in the oppositional category were analyzed and four themes emerged for both faculty/staff and student comments. The first theme was related to an individual's religious or moral beliefs. The second set of responses indicated a belief that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people were behaviorally and psychologically abnormal. The third theme reflected the notion that sexual orientation is a private matter and should be kept behind closed doors. The final theme reflected an opinion of being "fed up" or "tired" of the whole issue. University administrators and educators should take responsibility for educating their communities about homophobia and heterosexism, the manifestations of these concepts, and the harm that they create in the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intolerance; Textual Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).