AC survey: ‘wide range of opinions’ on homosexuality

Platform 6 Activity (AC)

This year, as always, didn’t disappoint in giving a voice to a wide range of opinions about the issues Platform 6, the college gay-straight alliance, discusses on a regular basis. Unique to this year was that the staff were also invited to participate. A total of 104 people responded to the survey.

36% of people who replied considered themselves religious, and 52% identified themselves as nonreligious. The remaining 12% labeled themselves as “other”. Before coming to Atlantic College, 28% had never met a homosexual male, and 61% had never med a bisexual male. 50% of the respondents had never met a homosexual female, and 41% had never met a bisexual female. A full 81% had never met a transgendered person.

Next, people were asked to rate how much they agreed with various statements.  6% strongly agreed that homosexuality is a mental illness, with the rest disagreeing. 15% believe that homosexuals can be healed into becoming heterosexual.

On the issue of gay marriage and adoption, results were much more divided.75% of the respondents agreed that the right to a secular (non-religious) marriage should be extended to same sex couples, however only 37% believed that same-sex couples could provide the same quality of parenting as heterosexual couples.

45% of people who replied disagree that “everyone is bisexual, just to varying degrees”. This was surprising, considering that only 23% of the respondents identified their sexuality on a scale of 1-10 as a 1, “completely straight.” Furthermore, 13% of the people who replied think that practicing homosexuals should be punished by law, with 6% thinking that homosexual acts deserve the death penalty. This percentage is significantly lower than the 10% recorded two years ago.

In response to statements specific to AC, 30% of people who replied would feel less comfortable if their dormmate wasn’t heterosexual, and 15% avoid using the showers when they are in use by someone who they think is homosexual or bisexual. 62% percent of the respondents think that homophobes can respect a homosexual person without respecting the act.

Next, the survey asked which positions people thought it was unacceptable for various types of people to hold. The results are displayed in the table below. Please note that it wasn’t required for everyone to answer every question, so the 100% might be misleading.

 

Practicing Homosexual

Non-practicing Homosexual

Bisexual

Transgendered Person

Babysitter

20%

12%

20%

45%

Blood Donor

50%

0%

10%

40%

Teacher

23%

15%

15%

46%

Doctor

0%

0%

0%

100%

Religious Authority

25%

22%

22%

30%

Head of Government

23%

4%

23%

47%

House Rep

0%

0%

0%

100%

Houseparent

23%

15%

23%

38%

Peer Listener

22%

22%

16%

38%

 

Finally, because most of you have heard more than enough from me about the issues, here are some quotes from the people who took the survey:

“The community allows everyone- gays, homophobes, and everything in between- to be themselves without any sort of discrimination.”

“People pretend to be accepting, but really aren’t.”

“I don’t like the idea that there is such a skewed idea of it [homosexuality] here, and that its used as an insult.”

 “I think homosexuality is completely wrong, regardless of the status or sex or race or nationality of the person. It is not in the genes, but influenced by something that happened outside (whether abuse or a sexual act when drunk or what ever). It can be changed and is not natural. Jesus can heal them from it if they truly turn to Him and repent and ask for His forgiveness and help.”

“I don’t personally think homosexuality even IS a CHOICE. Its something your born with, but its not a disorder, no more than differences in hair or skin color are a disorder or a choice.”

“Do you really care about the sexual habits of your peers enough to form negative opinions about their practices? People, get a life.”

“People should not be spending all of August begging their houseparents to not put a homosexual in their dorm.”

– United World College Student Magazine –

One thought on “AC survey: ‘wide range of opinions’ on homosexuality

  1. 6% of the students believe that I deserve the death penalty? That’s insane!
    Just a little reminder: if all religions were properly practiced according to their ‘holy’ scripts, we would ALL deserve death penalty for VERIOUS ludicrous reasons.
    I think platform 6 needs to take serious action here. We need an agnostic-atheist activity as well to address this frightening ancient way of thinking.

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