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More than half of LGBTQ adults in U.S. have been threatened with violence

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A new study from the Williams Institute found that 53% of LGBTQ adults have been threatened since the age of 18.

Three out of for adults have been insulted or verbally abused.

The report was developed by merging data from two related nationally representative studies, Generations and TransPop, to examine similarities and differences across a variety of LGBTQ-relevant topics among key subgroups of LGBTQ people—GBQ cisgender men, LBQ cisgender women, and transgender people.

Some of the findings:

  • LBQ cis women and trans people were more likely than GBQ cis men to be in a low-income household
  • More than 15% of all LGBTQ people had recently experienced housing instability, defined as moving residences three or more times in a two-year period.
  • Around 20% of LGBTQ people were legally married.
  • LBQ cis women and trans people were more likely than GBQ cis men to have children.
  • Trans people were more likely to serve in the military than LGB cis men or women.
  • 67% of LBQ cis women, 75% of GBQ cis men, and 70% of transgender people reported having been bullied often or sometimes as children.
  • Among transgender adults, 20% had been exposed to conversion therapy, compared with 9% of GBQ cis men and 6% of LBQ cis women.
  • As adults, 42% of LGBTQ people had been hit, beaten, or physically or sexually assaulted, and 41% had been robbed or had had property stolen.
  • Transgender people (26%) and LBQ cis women (24%) were more likely than GBQ cis men (14%) to rate their health as only fair or poor.
  • 39% of transgender people, 32% of LBQ cis women, and 18% of GBQ cis men reported having depression, anxiety, or substance use disorders).
  • 42% of transgender people, 32% of LBQ cis women, 22% of GBQ cis men reported lifetime suicide attempts.

“Understanding the similarities and differences among sub-groups of LGBTQ people is critical to creating interventions and policies that meet the unique needs of the populations that make up the larger LGBTQ community,” said lead author Ilan H. Meyer, Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute and principal investigator of both studies. “The NIH has shown great leadership in funding these studies that used representative samples, but more research is needed as the issues affecting the LGBTQ population evolve.”

You can read the report and access the data interactive.

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