LGBTQ Discrimination Explored in NPR Report

By | 2017-11-23T09:00:00+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|National, News|

BY BTL STAFF

On Tuesday, NPR released the fifth portion of the series “You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America.” Based on a survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, this multiplatform series will delve into personal experiences of discrimination in America from representative samples of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, whites, men, women and LGBTQ adults. Tuesday’s portion explores the experiences of LGBTQ Americans. The key findings are:
– 57 percent of LGBTQ Americans have experienced slurs about their sexual orientation or gender identity.
– 53 percent of LGBTQ Americans have experienced insensitive or offensive comments about their sexual orientation or gender identity.
– 57 percent of LGBTQ Americans say that they or an LGBTQ friend or family member have been threatened or non-sexually harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
– 51 percent of LGBTQ Americans say they have been sexually harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
– 51 percent of LGBTQ Americans say they have experienced violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
– 34 percent of all LGBTQ Americans say that they or an LGBTQ friend or family member have been verbally harassed in the bathroom or been told or asked if they were using the wrong bathroom.
– 20 percent of LGBTQ Americans report being personally discriminated against because of their sexuality or gender identity when applying for jobs.
– 22 percent of LGBTQ Americans report being personally discriminated against because of their sexuality or gender identity when being paid equally or considered for promotion.
– 22 percent of LGBT Americans report being personally discriminated against when trying to rent a room or apartment or buy a house because of their sexuality or gender identity when being paid equally or considered for promotion.
– 32 percent of LGBTQ Americans of color say they have personally experienced discrimination because of their LGBTQ identity when applying for jobs, compared to 13% of white LGBTQ individuals.
– 24 percent of LGBTQ Americans of color say they have personally experienced discrimination because they are LGBTQ when interacting with the police, compared to 11% of white LGBTQ people.
– 26 percent of LGBTQ Americans say that they or a friend or family member who is also LGBTQ have been unfairly stopped or treated by the police because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
– 26 percent of LGBTQ people say that they or a friend or family member who is also LGBTQ have been unfairly stopped or treated by the police because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
– 18 percent of LGBTQ Americans say they have avoided medical care, even when in need, due to concern that they would be discriminated against because of their LGBTQ identity.
– 15 percent of LGBTQ Americans say they have avoided calling the police even when in need, due to concern that they would be discriminated against because of their LGBTQ identity.

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