Luke Tillman

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Since their individual conceptions, the LGBTQ+ community and religion have been at odds. This feud is rooted in the cognitive dissonance of the individuals involved in both of these communities. Both of these communities are identity centered, yet for some reason, there are these unwritten reasons why participation in both is unacceptable. The LGBTQ+ community does not believe that religion is affirming of the community, whereas large groups of the religious community view the LGBTQ+ community as wrong or bad. This paper examines the different coping mechanisms used by individuals affected by a specific form of cognitive dissonance, specifically, people who participate in religion while simultaneously being a member of the LGBTQ community. It uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches by combining an interview followed by a self-report survey with a variety of well-being measures. These measures indicated the overall effectiveness of the different coping mechanisms.