Identity Releases Anchorage LGBT Discrimination Survey
More than 75 percent of respondents reported experiencing verbal abuse and harassment at least once while in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A report released today by a local non-profit group details persistent and widespread harassment of Anchorage’s gay, lesbian and transgender residents.
Identity Inc, a self-described GLBTA non-profit corporation, conducted the Anchorage LGBT Discrimination Survey of 268 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender respondents over the first three months of 2011, and concluded verbal abuse was the most frequent form of bias towards study participants.
More than 75 percent of respondents reported experiencing verbal abuse and harassment at least once while in Anchorage, and nearly half of all respondents had experienced it at least three times.
While not as widespread, respondents also reported harassment, bias and discrimination by municipal and state employees.
Nearly ten percent claimed they had been harassed or verbally abused at least once by Anchorage police, while slightly more than seven percent reported police had stopped them at least once because of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The report also detailed violence and property damage attributed to anti-gay bias, and nearly half of all respondents reported bullying and harassment at Anchorage schools and at work.
The 132-page report also catalogued instances of exclusion and discrimination at medical facilities, restaurants and bars, hotels, banks and public restrooms.
The report compared the study with previous Alaska discrimination studies: The last comparable survey was conducted in the late 1980s. It includes recent demographic data and national research on the subject, and was compiled by Melissa Green in cooperation with the Alaska AIDS Assistance Association, Alaskans Together for Equality, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska and Equality Works.
To view the full report, click here.