A recent report in a series called "Discrimination in American" from the National Public Radio (NPR) showed a large number of LGBTQ individuals and family and friends have experienced violence, threats or sexual harassment. Fifty-seven percent of LGBTQ Americans reported that they have been threatened or non-sexually harassed to to their LGBTQ identity, and 51% saying they or a friend experienced sexual harassment.
The survey revealed that 1 in 5 LGBTQ people will avoid medial care because they are worried about being discriminated against, and 1.3 of transgender people don't even have a primary physician. This statistic echoes an 2009 Lambda Legal study that found 73% of transgender patients were concerned that medical personnel would provide care differently. in 2015 the U.S. Transgender Survey Report, about one-quarter of respondents said mistreatment fears regarding their transgender identity prevented them form getting health care. It appears that it's not uncommon for professionals to use incorrect pronouns to being shamed for their "lifestyle."
The "Discrimination in American" report surveyed 3,453 adults between the ages of 18 and older from Jan. 26 thru April 9 and found.
Recently news reports from the New York Times and The New Yorker have highlighted sexual harassment in Hollywood from the likes of producer Harvey Weinstein, which alleged sexual predatory behavior. This has sparked a national conversation on sexual assault and the treatment of both female and male survivors.
So how do we combat this concerning issue in our society?