ERIC Number: EJ973879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
The Intersection of Gay and Christian Identities on Christian College Campuses
Wentz, Joel M.; Wessel, Roger D.
Journal of College and Character, v12 n2 May 2011
Because some Christian colleges prohibit same-sex sexual behaviors, the development of authentic sexual identities on these campuses may be difficult for gay and lesbian students. This article introduces the idea of an identity conflict that may occur between sexual and spiritual identities for gay and lesbian students at Christian colleges and briefly identifies the major factors that contribute to this conflict. Following this discussion, specific implications for student affairs practice are identified that exist as a result of this identity conflict. Specifically, enrollment communications and decisions, institutional values and culture, and student codes of conduct in relation to the intersection of gay and Christian identities on the college campus are discussed.
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Campuses, College Students, Homosexuality, Sex Role, Sexual Identity, Social Bias, Social Attitudes, Christianity, Ability, Role Conflict, Identification, Spiritual Development, Student Personnel Workers, Role, School Policy, Barriers, Individual Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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