Date of Award

Fall 12-1-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Andrew Lindner


Religion and sexuality have long been conflicting in the lives of LGB Persons. If someone were to identify as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual, a conflicting understanding of religion may be present. This conflicting identity may be the cause of the negative perception of God that is examined in this study. Previous literature discusses the ways that religion has impacted the lives of LGB individuals; It has made the attempt to explain how religion may affect the mental health of participants or has tried to understand the stigma surrounding LGB individuals. In this study, I examine the extent to which sexual minorities have less confidence in the existence of God using the years 2008 to 2018. The sample in this study consists of 4792 non-institutionalized respondents from the General Social Survey. Results showed that identifying as Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual does bear significantly on having less confidence in the existence of God. Results indicate a negative relationship between religion and sexuality. Therefore, if one identifies as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual, their confidence in God decreases by -.316.

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Sociology Commons