Shooting Ourselves In The Foot
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5

Shooting Ourselves In The Foot



Shaun Staunton outlines the research process and findings of a research project into the prevalence of prejudice in the LGBT community by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This ...

Shaun Staunton outlines the research process and findings of a research project into the prevalence of prejudice in the LGBT community by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This presentation was given at the AFAO HIV Educators' Conference 2008.



Total Views
Views on SlideShare
Embed Views



1 Embed 1 1


Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

CC Attribution-NoDerivs LicenseCC Attribution-NoDerivs License

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
Post Comment
Edit your comment

Shooting Ourselves In The Foot Shooting Ourselves In The Foot Presentation Transcript

  • Shooting Ourselves in the Foot
    • The prevalence of prejudice in the
    • LGBT community
    • by lesbian, gay, bisexual and
    • transgender people
    • Shaun Staunton
    • [email_address]
  • Introduction
    • New community campaign called “One Community Celebrating Diversity”
    • Campaign topic
    • Prejudice towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by other LGBT people in the community
    • For approximately 4 months QAHC collected the opinions, views and experiences of the community about this type of prejudice through an online survey
  • Methodology
    • Online “survey monkey” survey
    • Recruited through dissemination of a survey link to
      • QAHC contacts and email lists
      • service providers and interagencies
      • Pop-up window on QAHC website
      • Distribution of postcards at LGBT venues and events directing people to QAHC surveys
      • Participation encouraged by the chance to win a CD voucher for taking part
  • Demographics
    • 131 respondents
    • 57.3 % male
    • 41.2% female
    • 0.8% transitioning from M to F
    • 0.8% transitioning from F to M
  • Identification
    • 56.2 % gay
    • 30.0 % lesbian
    • 10.8 % bisexual
    • 2.3 % transgender
    • 6.2 % other
    • Average age 34.13 Years
  • Minority groups
    • People were asked if they fit into a number of predefined “minority” groups
    • 30.7 % identified as non-LGBT scene attached
    • 29.1 % identified as lesbian
    • The third highest group was aged 50 or older at 6.3%
    • 39.4% stated they didn’t belong to any minority groups
  • Does prejudice exist?
    • 90.5 % of people said that prejudice and discrimination within the LGBT community exists
  • Who was it directed at?
    • Respondents were asked to identified who they saw prejudice directed toward
    • 56.1 % saw it directed at those considered to be in the aged group
    • 57.1 % saw it directed at the transgender community
    • 46.9 % saw it directed at the lesbian community
  • Where did it occur?
    • The top two sites were;
    • 67 % identified at an LGBT nightclub
    • 60.8 % identified in public
    • 26.8 % identified other, including school and universities, online, at a workplace and in LGBT media
  • What form did it take?
    • Ridicule by others directed toward a group or person was the most common form, at 68.4 %
    • Verbal abuse was next at 44.2 %
    • Unintentional exclusion at 44.2 %
  • Who experiences the most prejudice?
    • The most discriminated against group was the transgender community with 60 % of people rating it as number one in terms of discrimination experienced
    • The second most discriminated against was the aged population with 41.1 % rating it as second
    • The third most discriminated against group was people with a disability, at 54.8 %
  • Direct discrimination
    • Next we asked how many people had experienced discrimination directed at them because they belonged to a minority group
    • 60 % of people had
    • experienced prejudice or
    • discrimination directed at them by
    • other members of the LGBT
    • community
  • What happened?
    • 44.1 % had experienced this prejudice “sometimes”
    • The majority identified that it occurred in an LGBT nightclub
    • The majority said that other people around them were “a little supportive”
  • What did people do?
    • 71.9 % ignored the experiences
    • 56.1 % talked to family or friends about it
    • 79.0 % of people said that they had never considered accessing a service to help them deal with their experiences of prejudice
  • Response from services
    • 46.2% of people accessing a service identified that the services they had accessed were very supportive and helpful
    • 23.1% said that they were average in their support
    • 15.4% said that they made the person feel worse
  • How do we prevent prejudice?
    • 75 % said that raising the visibility of groups will help reduce prejudice
    • 83.9% said increasing knowledge and information about these groups in the community will help reduce prejudice
  • Which groups are least understood?
    • The least understood group was the transgender community
    • The second least understood was the Asian community
    • The third least understood was the lesbian community
  • What are some barriers to reducing prejudice?
    • Lack of education
    • Beliefs and values
    • Fear of difference
    • Own opinions
    • Labels
    • Lack of media representation and support
    • Not mixing with diverse people
    • Lack of understanding
    • Focus on only looking after yourself and having fun
    • Preconceived ideas
    • Lack of acknowledgment that LGBT’s can be prejudiced
    • Reluctance to speak up
    • Lack of funding to examine the issue
    • Self hate
    • Lack of community organisation
    • Assumptions about others
    • Cliques
  • How has this impacted on your life?
    • Low self esteem
    • Being less open
    • Made people angry
    • Feeling excluded
    • The main identified outcome is a feeling of isolation, or even an intentional withdrawal from the LGBT scene
  • To summarise . .
    • Prejudice does exist
    • It is often occurring in the spaces people go to for support and inclusion as LGBT people
    • The aged and transgender groups clearly came out as groups experiencing discrimination and prejudice
    • Lesbians and LGBT people with a disability also experienced significant levels of prejudice
  • To summarise . .
    • Social and family networks were the key points of support
    • The primary outcome of discrimination in the LGBT community was social isolation and withdrawal
    • Increasing knowledge and visibility were the key strategies in reducing prejudice
    • Questions?