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.