Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Daniel Douglas


This paper analyzes the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to queer students at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Themes of a fuck-it mentality, increased time with family, and broader engagement with the LGBTQIA+ community on social media reinforced queer young people's identities, causing them to be more comfortable and confident in these identities. This research is a qualitative study of 10 queer-identified students at Trinity College and is grounded in theoretical frameworks by Judith Butler and Michel Foucault.


Senior project completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies.