Date of Award

Spring 2023

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Director of Thesis

Dr. Kate Flory

Second Reader

Carleen Maur


LGBTQ individuals face a much higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders and mental health issues than their heterosexual, cisgender counterparts. The added academic pressures of college introduce a unique set of challenges that LGBTQ students face. This thesis includes a review of academic literature and data examining the intersections between social isolation, institutional discrimination, and financial insecurity and the effects they have on the mental health outcomes of LGBTQ college students. The paper is accompanied by a documentary consisting of a set of interviews of LGBTQ college students, giving a more personal insight into the multitude of factors that affect their mental health. The findings underscore the importance of targeted support services from educational institutions that address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ students and aim to create a safer and more inclusive campus environment.

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