Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual University Student Experiences: A Preliminary Study of a University in Eastern Taiwan

[Speaker] Wang, Tsai-wei:1
[Co-author] Chang, Te-sheng:1
1:Department of Curriculum Design and Human Potentials Development, National Dong Hwa University (Taiwan)

College students' attitudes toward homosexuality have been topics for considerable speculation. Very little research acknowledged the lived experiences of self-identified lesbian, gay, and bisexual students in higher education. This study were to illuminate the lived experiences of sexual-minority students in Taiwan, and to explore the diversity among lesbian, gay, and bisexual students. Twelve lesbian, gay, and bisexual students from a medium-size university in eastern Taiwan were invited to tell in their own voices about their personal university experiences. Most participants indicated that campus climate for lesbian, gay, and bisexual students was supportive. Occasionally, they had to hide love relationships from roommates, other students, and faculty to cope with residential halls and classroom environments which failed to protect people's privacy. Gay or bisexual males were more confident in identifying themselves as gay or bisexual at university compared to their female counterparts. Lesbians were more likely to hide their sexual orientation.
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