Survey finds 80% of U.S. LGBTQ adults feel unsafe

The spike in anti-LGBTQ state laws have made people across the country feel less safe in their communities.

NEW YORK – Last week, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released data from survey that showed almost eight out ten U.S. LGBTQ adults feel less safe.

The data comes from Community Marketing Insight’s (CMI) 17th Annual LGBTQ+ Community Survey, co-sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and others.

The survey follows a spike in anti-LGBTQ state legislation, with more than 550 bills introduced in 43 states, and more than 80 signed into law. The wave of legislation and increase in anti-transgender rhetoric and violence prompted HRC to declare a state of emergency in June.

“Just two months after HRC declared a National State of Emergency for LGBTQ+ people, this survey reveals that the current climate of hostility and fear is only growing worse, and that gender-affirming care bans are taking a detrimental toll on the physical and mental health of LGBTQ+ Americans,” said Kelley Robinson, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Findings include:

  • 43% of LGBTQ adults report that gender-affirming care bans impact the physical and/or mental health of themselves or their loved ones.
  • 80.1% transgender and non-binary adults report the same.
  • 79.1% LGBTQ adults report that gender-affirming care bans make them feel less safe as an LGBTQ person.
  • For transgender and non-binary adults, this number increases to more than 9 in 10 (94%).

The HRC said that there are 21 states across the U.S that have enacted laws banning gender affirming care. The majority of adults in the survey see the laws as harmful to their health, safety, and well-being. And they are impacting where LGBTQ people choose to live.

Nationwide, nearly two-thirds (62.2%) of LGBTQ adults said that they would not consider moving to a state with a gender-affirming care ban, and one-third (34%) of LGBTQ people, including more than half (53%) of transgender and non-binary people, said that if their current state enacted a ban on gender-affirming care, they would consider moving to a different.

To read the entire data analysis, click here.

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