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Bias Crime Experiences Among Sexual Minorities in the Northwest

8 March 2007


Using survey data from convenience samples of sexual minority adults, the prevalence of hate crimes based on sexual orientation was assessed. Additionally, information about perceptions of safety was assessed. One hundred forty-two participants attending Gay Pride celebrations in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington contributed information about their experiences. The data revealed that bias crime ranging from verbal harassment to physical assault is a common occurrence among sexual minority people. The knowledge of such crimes leads sexual minority people to feel vulnerable to anti gay crime. The importance of local hate crime statistics was discussed in the context of informing local legislation and policy.


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