Poll: Majority of LGBTQ Americans Report Harassment, Violence Based On Identity

More than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and odd Americans contend they have gifted violence, threats or nuisance since of their sexuality or gender identity, according to new check formula being expelled Tuesday by NPR, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


“There are unequivocally few nationally emissary polls of LGBTQ people, and even fewer that ask about LGBTQ people’s personal practice of discrimination,” says Logan Casey, emissary executive of a consult and investigate associate in open opinion during a Harvard Chan School. “This news confirms a unusually high levels of assault and nuisance in LGBTQ people’s lives.”

Majorities also contend they have privately gifted slurs or unresponsive or descent comments or disastrous assumptions about their passionate orientation. And 34 percent contend they or an LGBTQ crony or family member has been verbally tormented in a lavatory when entering or while regulating a lavatory — or has been told or asked if they were regulating a wrong bathroom.


The poll, conducted progressing this year, looked not usually during assault and nuisance though also during a far-reaching operation of taste experiences. We asked about taste in employment, education, in their interactions with military and a courts and in their bland lives in their possess neighborhoods. We’re violation out a formula by race, ethnicity and identity. You can find what we’ve expelled so distant on a array page “You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America.”

We asked either people see taste some-more as a one-on-one personal-prejudice emanate or either taste in laws or supervision is a incomparable problem.

We found a large age gap. People innate after about 1967 saw a universe in mostly a same way, though comparison LGBTQ adults most some-more frequently pronounced one-on-one influence is a incomparable problem, by a far-reaching margin.


“This anticipating highlights how life practice and domestic socialization can unequivocally figure how an individual, or a epoch of people, thinks about how to emanate change,” Casey says. “Older generations of LGBTQ people came of age during a time when authorised protections were scarcely inconceivable and activists vibrated in mass scale amicable movements. But younger people have grown adult in a epoch of happy marriage, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ and practice protections, and some-more successfully petitioning for rights by legal or legislative processes.”

The consult finds a large secular opening in a LGBTQ village — LGBTQ people of tone reported almost some-more taste since they are LGBTQ than whites when requesting for jobs or interacting with a police.


LGBTQ people of tone are 6 times some-more expected to contend they have avoided job a military (30 percent) overdue to regard about anti-LGBTQ discrimination, compared with white LGBTQ people (5 percent).


Our consult found poignant levels of taste opposite transgender adults as well. About 1 in 6 LGBTQ people says they’ve been privately discriminated opposite since of their LGBTQ temperament when going to a doctor, and scarcely 1 in 5 pronounced they’ve avoided seeking medical caring for fear they’d be discriminated against.


“Research shows that experiencing taste has damaging effects on health,” Casey says. “That’s an import all a some-more discouraging since a check also shows a critical barriers to health caring for LGBTQ and generally transgender people in America.”

Indeed, some 31 percent of transgender people told us they do not have unchanging entrance to a alloy or health care. We will promote and tell a news after Tuesday on a problems transgender people face in seeking health care, quite in a face of discrimination.

Our formula also illustrate a good farrago in identities within what’s called a “LGBTQ community.” For example, to be queer does not indispensably meant one is happy or lesbian. Nor does being transgender meant someone is indispensably gay, lesbian or bisexual. In this chart, we review cisgender and transgender people formed on their self-identified passionate orientation.


Additionally, a check found that among all transgender and gender nonconforming people, 24 percent brand as transgender men, 52 percent brand as transgender women and 25 percent brand as genderqueer or gender nonconforming. More than half (56 percent) of a 86 transgender people in a consult contend they are heterosexual.

Overall, a consult found 1.4 percent of Americans brand as transgender, genderqueer and gender nonconforming. A Jun 2016 consult by a Williams Institute found that 0.6 percent of a adult U.S. race identifies as transgender though did not settle estimates for genderqueer or gender nonconforming adults.

The altogether check formula for LGBTQ adults are formed on a nationally emissary probability-based write (cell and landline) representation of 489 LGBTQ adults, including people who are genderqueer and gender nonconforming. The domain of blunder for sum LGBTQ respondents is and or reduction 6.6 commission points during a 95 percent certainty level.

Our ongoing series “You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America” is formed in partial on a poll by NPR, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. We have formerly expelled formula for African-Americans, Latinos, whites and Native Americans. In entrance weeks, we will recover formula for Asian-Americans and women.