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DEFINING THE PROBLEM
What does it mean to be gay at Messiah College? Messiah College actively tries to make the school a comfortable place for African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, and international students in order to diversify our campus, but what about students of a sexual orientation minority, do they feel comfortable at Messiah? Why did these students choose a school against homosexual behavior? Do they struggle with dissonance in Bible classes? These are the questions I had going into this.project. I started with thinking about what being a Messiah student means for me, and then pursued how that would make my experience different if my sexuality were different. I didn't want to go in with presumptions and my own hypotheses on the topic since I would be conducting an ethnography, instead, my goal was start with a clean slate, allowing the students I observed to speak through their stories, what it is like to be gay at Messiah.
Ferreira, Josi, "The Stories of Four Gay Students At Messiah College" (2004). Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate. 323.