vpnMentor conducted a survey in which we asked 695 LGBTQ+ people worldwide about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The
results – referenced throughout this article – illuminated the unique challenges faced by the many LGBTQ+ communities.
Here are some of our key findings:+
- Alarming 73% of all who identify as LGBTQ, or any form of gender identity, sexual orientation have been personally attacked and 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, gay, lesbian, bisexual and the transgender community feels the least safe online.
- When it comes to gender identity, many transgender women feel the least safe when harassed online. Gay men the safest.
- Transgenders are most likely to be outed and bullied on social media platforms. Unfortunately, against their will. With gay men are least likely, outed but still suffer many forms of harassment.
Experts in the field of cybersecurity it’s their mission to provide practical strategies for coping with all kinds of adversity, bigotry, and abuse on the web, which is why they created this guide.
Whether you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or are a straight ally, I hope you’ll find this guide informative.
Thank You to Stephany Huneidy at vpnMentor for emailing me the statistics through this blog.
If you’re a victim of online harassment please share it with a friend, loved one, and family members.
Please, be safe when posting on any social media online website or platform.
Love and Hugs, Dennis Schleicher