LGBTQ Americans Face Widespread Discrimination, Especially People of Color

A recently released report found that more than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Americans say they or an LGBTQ friend or family member have been subjected to violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This report from National Public Radio, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is part of a series of reports based on a nationally representative survey of nearly thirty-five hundred people across the U.S..

Many LGBTQ respondents said they had personally experienced discrimination when going to a doctor or health clinic, and even more said they had avoided seeking health care out of concern they would be discriminated against. The survey also found that LGBTQ respondents of color were more than twice as likely as white LGBTQ respondents to report being discriminated against when applying for a job and interacting with police — and six times as likely to avoid calling the police or other authority figure when in need out of concern that they would be discriminated against.

Populations of Focus: People of color, LGBTQ individuals

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Date: 2017