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by Simoni Bhansali, Neha Shah and Janvi Mody

Restated Topic:

To examine the perception of international students in NYC towards the LGBTQI community, and whether it has changed after moving to NYC.

Data Collection Strategy:

Design an online portal for international students so that they can share their experiences and exposure to the LGBTQI community.

Research Application:

The research and analysis generated can be used by educational administrators to analyze the impact of their educational society on international students.
This setup can also be used for people who need to speak, want to be heard or just vent out.

Paper Prototypes for kaleidoscope web-based interface:

Awareness Stories

Group: Jamie Kennedy and Jessica Parker

Refined Research Statement:

We are studying when and how people are first introduced to people identifying as gay and lesbian because we want to find out if the average age and method of introduction changes or remains the same for different age groups to help the reader understand how other people become aware of gays and lesbians and become more comfortable with gays and lesbians.

restating our topic on Religion + LGBTQ

We(Dong Oh & Pam Mendoza) are gathering stories from both “homo” & “heterosexuals” that reflect on how religious teachings on morality reflect on the LGBT community’s experiences in order to create a space where all perspectives can be discussed and to understand how the interpretation of religion teachings affects the public’s opinion and actions towards LGBTQ.

Attitudes & Latitudes

We are studying exposure and experience of a place because we want to find out how that affects peoples perceptions and attitudes towards the LGBTQI community in order to help our audience understand other people’s reactions to a location.

User Scenario:

Contributor: Lisa is a thirty year old straight professional banker. She heard about the “Attitudes & Latitudes” project from a gay friend on Facebook. Lisa grew up in southern Virginia and moved NYC for school. She is eager to share her story with other people to help them understand her experience and wants to help change attitudes.

Lisa uses a computer at work all day and is very familiar with web interfaces. She approaches the website with some apprehensions but is relieved to see a simple and familiar mapping interface. She has a Mac laptop at home, watches the how to video and records her story with ease. After Lisa uploads her audio clip she shares the link with all her Facebook friends.

External Viewer: James is a gay highschool senior who is still looking for a college to attend. He heard that “Attitudes & Latitudes” has personal stories that people have shared about locations. He is been bullied in school and wants to find a city that is more accepting. He uses Yelp when he’s out with friends to find places to eat and is familiar with crowd sourcing sites.

James loads the “Attitudes & Latitudes” site with the idea of just exploring lots of places. He has a list of schools that he is considering and starts to listen to tagged stories.

Refining your Research Statement

From our reading, ‘The Craft of Research’:  some general questions:

• What are the parts of your topic, and how do they relate to one another?

• How is your topic part of a larger system?

• How and why has your topic changed through time, as something with its own history?

• How and why is your topic an episode in a larger history?

Example statement:  I am studying ________ because I want to find out who/what/when/where/whether/why/how _______in order to help my reader understand how_______

Exposure Stories

Group: Jamie Kennedy and Jessica Parker

Research Statement
We believe that people under the age of 35 were exposed to gay and lesbian people earlier than people over the age of 35 due to the increased amount of gay and lesbian images on television during their childhood and adolescence. We want to find out if there’s a correlation between current age and television’s influence on people’s attitude towards homosexuality.

UI Ideas
1. Our first UI design has a “current age” slider that when changed will effect what stories appear on the “age of exposure” timeline. When the user clicks on a timeline point, the point will expand to show the story’s author and age, and will allow the user to play the author’s audio file.

2. For our second design there are two timelines. There is a timeline for the current age of our interview participants and a timeline for the age our participants were exposed to gays and lesbians. The timeline for exposure includes textual information for how the exposure to gays and lesbians happened.

Interview Results
1. Jun, 35, from Japan
Jun first met a gay person at age 16 or 17 through a mutual friend. He says the media has influenced his attitude towards gays and lesbians because in Japan homosexuality is frequently made fun of on tv. [Audio]

2. Mandy, 19, from New York City
First met a gay person in middle school (around age 12/13). Media has not influenced her attitude towards gays and lesbians but believes that it can influence others. [Audio]

3. Ryan, 32
He was told at age 8 or 9 by his parents (“in a bad way”) that his aunt was a lesbian. Says negative media makes him more sympathetic, but positive media has no effect because he already has a positive attitude towards gay and lesbian people. [Audio]

4. Aaron, 42
Says his parents had a number of gay friends so he was introduced to the concept of homosexuality around age 8 or 9. The media has not influenced his attitude towards gays and lesbians at all. He’s skeptical of the media; says journalism pushes an agenda. [Audio]

5. Lacey, 32
First time she was exposed to the idea of homosexuality was around age 8 or 9 when her parents told her that her aunt was gay. The media has not influenced her attitude towards gays and lesbians because a close family member identifies as gay. [Audio]

6. Deloris, 58
First time she was exposed to homosexuality was at 14 yrs old when someone told her they were a lesbian. The media has not influenced her attitude towards gays and lesbians because she doesn’t need someone else to give her their opinion of other people.

7. Chelsea, 25
Her first exposure was at 14 or 15 by seeing classmates of the same sex holding hands, sitting on each other’s laps, etc. She says the media hasn’t really been an influence since she identifies as a lesbian. [Audio]*

8. Kathleen, 53
Her first exposure was at 16 by finding out from classmates that another classmate was gay. She says the media has not influenced her and she’s always been accepting of gay and lesbian people. [Audio]*

9. Marya, 25
Her first exposure was around 7 or 8 through classmates. She says the media has been an influence by highlighting hate crimes against gay people and has made her more sympathetic towards them. [Audio]*

10. Jaime, 22
His first exposure was around 14 through a lockermate at school coming out to him. He says the media hasn’t influenced him; he’s become more accepting of gay people through working with them. [Audio]*

*Audio will be uploaded later this week.

10-26-10: Workshop OUThistory

Brief update – 5 min each group
Workshop projects – develop: 1) refined research statement, 2) user scenarios for a contributor and a external viewer.  3) Sketch out paper prototypes for each.  Post to the class blog by the end of class.

Test paper prototypes (and document this with photos);  adjust accordingly into formal wireframes & mockups for critique next week.  Edit down sample interviews/content to present with this.  Each presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes total.

Religion + LGBT II

Religion + LGBT interview clip from Pamela Mendoza on Vimeo.

Attitudes & Latitudes

Leif and I have collected 15 *amazing* field recordings so far and gotten a ton of positive feedback on the project. We are hoping to set up an interface on URT whereby anyone/everyone can contribute a location-based story to our narrative, and be added to the interactive map. Users will be given our sample questions as a starting point (see our earlier post), and directions on how to record and submit and geo-tag their info. Anything location-based that relates to attitudes towards LGBTQI is fair game. Our working research statement:

Exposure and experience of a place can significantly affect peoples perceptions and attitudes towards the LGBT community.

10-19-10: OUThistory studio workshop & discussion

- Presentation of design briefs, audio samples, project scope
- Workshop:  project scope, interface development, research statement
- View and discussion of broader URT wireframes
- Precedents:  LGBT flag re-design, Small town Trans-mayor, Being out in the Bronx (NYT story)

- Mindmap how your project will focus on a specific topic or method
- Craft your research statement (in one sentence) to convey this succinctly
- Continue work on gathering oral histories, within refined project framework
-  Develop UI ideas for project interface.  Next week we’ll make  paper prototypes