sexual assaults are up 47 percent from 1993 to 1994
Nine cites reported 4,195 anti-gay and lesbian crimes
The count from Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Minnesota/St.
Paul, New York, Portland and San Francisco included:
841 cases of physical assault/objects thrown
81 incidents of sexual assault
1,863 reports of harassment
634 instances of threats of menacing
238 instances of police verbal/physical abuse
The attacks are particularly violent.
Nationally, 43 percent of the incidents involved physical assaults. The
level of injury to victims was extremely high:
62 percent of these victims were injured
35 percent required outpatient medical treatment or hospitalization
3 percent resulted in death
What is the effect of
In a study of 686 gay men, 337 heterosexual men, 293 lesbian women,
140 heterosexual women - 35% of gay men and 38% of lesbian women
suicide. 8% gay men and 23% lesbian women had attempted - compared to only
3% heterosexual men and 14% heterosexual women. The majority of the
attempts were before the age of 20, nearly 1/3 of all attempts were before
In a study of homeless youth entering a shelter, 65% of the gay youth
attempted suicide as compared to 19% of the heterosexual youth.
In a study of 137 gay and bisexual males, 41 had attempted suicide
18 made multiple attempts. The mean age of those attempting was 15.5 years
In a study on gay male and lesbian youth suicide, the U.S. Department
Health and Human Services found lesbian and gay youth are two to six times
more likely to attempt suicide than other youth and account for up to 30
percent of all completed teen suicides.