LGB Experiences of Discrimination

By Ilan H. Meyer

Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults ages 18 and older are significantly more likely than their heterosexual cisgender peers to report experiences of employment and housing discrimination. They were also more likely to report being bullied often during their youth.

  • 60 percent of LGB people reported being fired from a job or denied a job, compared to 40 percent of heterosexual people.
  • 48 percent of LGB people said they had been denied a promotion or received a negative evaluation, compared to 32 percent of heterosexual people.
  • 15 percent of LGB people reported being prevented from moving to or buying a house or apartment, compared to 6 percent of heterosexual people.
  • 41 percent of LGB people said they were often bullied before age 18, compared to 14 percent of heterosexual people.

 

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