Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type


Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies Department, Film & Media Studies Department

First Advisor

Lisa Smulyan

Second Advisor

Patricia White


This thesis explores what elements of programming at the Attic Youth Center, a LG BTQ youth drop in center in Philadelphia, encourage identity development for both LGTBQ and ally youths. Through interviews and field notes, it argues that the Attic is a unique context for identity development because it not only provides space for youths to explore all elements of their personal and social identities -- not just their gender and sexuality, but more importantly because it equips youths with the skills needed to shape their own space, at the Attic and on social media.