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LGBT Men Experience High Rates of Street Harassment

PeopleLGBT men are more likely to experience street harassment than men who are not gay, bisexual, queer or transgender, according to a Stop Street Harassment national survey released this week. The national survey found that LGBT men are 20 percent more likely to experience verbal harassment and 17 percent more likely to experience physically aggressive harassment than men who are not gay, bisexual, queer or transgender. The survey also found that women, lower-income people and people of color are disproportionately affected by public harassment.

The survey highlights that men are overwhelmingly the harassers of both men and women. Over sixty percent of women have experienced street harassment at some point in their lives. For all men, the survey states, “… 25 percent experienced street harassment, too, including 18 percent who experienced verbal harassment and 16 percent who experienced physically aggressive forms.” Overall, more men who identified as LGBT experienced harassment than men who are not gay, bisexual, queer or transgender.

Verbal harassment is unfortunately also common for LGBT youth. In fact, LGBT youth are twice as likely to experience verbal harassment, exclusion and physical attack at school as their non-LGBT peers. Among LGBT youth, 51 percent have been verbally harassed at school, compared to 25 percent among non-LGBT students. More information is available in HRC’s Growing Up LGBT in America report.

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