LGBT+ and Cyberbullying

With pride month coming up in a few days, I think it was timely that I was made aware of another study, related to what I posted about in 2017.  This is a new study about LGBT+ people and cyberbullying.  The study can be seen at: https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/lgbtq-guide-online-safety/

The topline results, per that link, are:

  • 73% of all respondents in all categories of gender identity and sexual orientation have been personally attacked or harassed online.
  • 50% of all respondents in all categories of gender identity and sexual orientation have suffered sexual harassment online.
  • When it comes to sexual orientation, asexual people feel the least safe online, and gay men the safest.
  • When it comes to gender identity, transgender women feel the least safe online, and cisgender men the safest.
  • Transgender women are the most likely to be outed against their will online, while cisgender men are least likely

With a large amount of our lives today are spent online, it's wise to remind ourselves about online safety.  The link above has a lot of good discussion and ideas about how to survive online life.  If you are part of the LGBT+ community, please, read, and make the changes you need to keep yourself safe, and find the support you need.

Everyone, including members of the LGBT+ community, keep in mind that what you say can really make a difference, both for good and bad.  Be conscious of what you are saying.

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