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More Than Half of American Indian and Alaskan Native LGBT Adults in the US have been Attacked in their Lifetime

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: 21st Oct 2021
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: Discrimination and Abuse Publications

Summary: 285,000 American Indian and Alaskan Native LGBT adults live in the US. More than half have been physically or sexually attacked in their lifetimes.


Main Document

A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that the estimated 285,000 adults in the U.S. that identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native (AIAN) and LGBT report high rates of mental health concerns.

The study examines the demographics and well-being of AIAN adults, including separate findings for individuals who identify only as AIAN and those who identify as AIAN plus another race or ethnicity.

Results show that more than one-third (35%) of AIAN-only adults and 43% of AIAN-multiracial adults have been diagnosed with depression. AIAN women have the highest rates of depression, including more than half (51%) of AIAN-multiracial women.

In addition, researchers found that AIAN-multiracial LGBT people fare worse than their non-LGBT counterparts in many measures of economic and social vulnerability, including unemployment, income level, and food insecurity. All AIAN LGBT adults face disparities in physical health, such as asthma, heart attack, and other chronic health conditions.

"Economic insecurity and health status within the AIAN LGBT population may be related to factors that are unique to LGBT people and that are shared with the overall Indigenous communities," said lead author Bianca D.M. Wilson, Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute. "It is critical that policies and service interventions consider the LGBT status and multiracial identities of AIAN adults."

KEY FINDINGS

Demographic Characteristics

Economic Characteristics

Mental and Physical Health

Discrimination and Stress

Social Support

This study is part of the Williams Institute's LGBT Well-Being at the Intersection of Race series, which examines demographic characteristics and key indicators of well-being, including mental health, physical health, economic health, and social and cultural experiences, of different racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. The series also includes analyses by region.

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• (APA): The Williams Institute. (2021, October 21). More Than Half of American Indian and Alaskan Native LGBT Adults in the US have been Attacked in their Lifetime. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved May 27, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/discrimination/961.php


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