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Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are: Gender Identity and College

Student Tiffany Brown
Faculty Mentor(s) Dr. Kathy Stolley
Department Sociology

Abstract

This project was conducted to examine gender identity and the effects of expression of one’s gender identity in college. I attempted to define the concepts of ender and gender identity and how people relate these two. Then I chose to analyze and observe the college setting and the relationship between that environment and one’s expression of their gender identity. In this research I will try to connect the two and show the difference of education versus ignorance when it comes to understanding the concepts of gender and its accompanying identities. This research investigates gender identity and society’s influence on the view of such and how the college environment can help people liberate themselves of the stigma tied to openly expressing an identity that may not reflect one’s biological sex.

 

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