LBGTQ: A Group at Risk

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Men and women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, or questioning (LBGTQ) are at an increased risk for becoming a victim of physical or emotional violence. Recent statistics on hate crimes in the US show that hate crimes motivated by sexual-orientation make up 19.6% of single-bias hate crimes. Additionally, LBGTQ college students report an increased incidence of physical and property crimes motivated by their orientation.

FBI Hate Crime Statistics: 2012

Single-Bias Incidents (5,790 reported)

  • 48.3% were racially motivated
  • 19.6% resulted from a sexual-orientation bias
  • 19.0% resulted from a religious bias
  • 11.5% resulted from a ethnicity/national origin bias
  • 1.6% resulted from a disability bias

Sexual-Orientation Bias

In 2012, law enforcement agencies reported 1,318 hate crime offenses based on sexual-orientation bias. Of these offenses:

  • 54.6%¬†were classified as anti-male homosexual bias
  • 28.0% were reported as anti-homosexual bias
  • 12.3% were prompted by an anti-female homosexual bias
  • 3.1% were classified as anti-bisexual bias
  • 2.0% were the result of an anti-heterosexual bias

Dr. Gregory Herek, Psychology, University of California at Davis (2005) reported that:

  • 21% reported being the victim of violence or a property crime (physical or sexual assault, theft or vandalism) because of their sexual orientation
  • Gay men were at a significantly higher risk: more than a 1/3 of gay men (about 3 times the proportion of lesbians and bisexuals)

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