Picture   One in Five Sexual Minority Adults Have Experienced A Hate Crime
  In a national survey with a representative sample of 662 gay, lesbian, and bisexual adults, approximately 20% of respondents reported having experienced a person crime or property crime based on their sexual orientation.

A paper reporting the survey results was published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

The study found that about half of the respondents had experienced verbal harassment, and more than one in ten reported having experienced employment or housing discrimination.

Gay men were significantly more likely than lesbians or bisexuals to experience violence or property crimes. More than one third of gay men (38%) reported experiencing one or both types of crimes, compared to 13% of lesbians, 11% of bisexual men, and 13% of bisexual women. Gay men also reported higher levels of harassment and verbal abuse than the other sexual orientation groups.

Employment and housing discrimination were significantly more likely among gay men and lesbians (reported by 18% and 16%, respectively) than among bisexual men and women (4% and 7%, respectively).

Data for the survey were collected via the Internet by Knowledge Networks from a subsample of their panel of more than 40,000 individuals, all of whom were recruited using random-digit dialing methods and provided with free Internet access and equipment if they did not already have it.

The paper's abstract is available elsewhere on the site, as is a preprint of the paper.

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    Information about Dr. Herek's book, Hate Crimes: Confronting Violence Against Lesbians and Gay Men (with Kevin T. Berrill, Sage Publications, 1992)
    Other publications on hate crimes by Dr. Herek and his colleagues


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