Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Human Development, Counseling and Family Studies


Human Development, Counseling, and Family Studies

First Advisor

Jayne Richmond


This research explored, described, and related the experiences of gay and lesbian undergraduate students on one campus to existing theories of gay identity development. A sample of gay and lesbian students were interviewed, resulting in prevalent themes. The themes included campus climate, career concerns, classroom experiences, "coming out" experiences, fathers and mothers, first experiences, first relationships, gay men about gay men, on being "out of the closet," other-acceptance, parents, reasons for gayness, religion, and self-acceptance. Results showed that the environmental challenges of the campus exist which may affect the development of the student's identity of a gay self. Implications of the findings and recommendations for campus programming are included.



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