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Unequal OpportunityHealth Disparities Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States$
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Richard J. Wolitski, Ron Stall, and Ronald O. Valdiserri

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301533.001.0001

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Sexual Orientation and Violent Victimization: Hate Crimes and Intimate Partner Violence among Gay and Bisexual Males in the United States

Sexual Orientation and Violent Victimization: Hate Crimes and Intimate Partner Violence among Gay and Bisexual Males in the United States

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(p.35) 2 Sexual Orientation and Violent Victimization: Hate Crimes and Intimate Partner Violence among Gay and Bisexual Males in the United States
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Unequal Opportunity
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Gregory M. Herek

Charles Sims

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301533.003.0002

This chapter provides a review of the data regarding the prevalence and correlates of violent victimization among gay and bisexual men in the United States. It specifically focuses on the well-recognized problem of anti-gay violence (hate crimes) and the much less studied and discussed problem of intimate partner violence in male same-sex couples. It shows that gay and bisexual men are at increased risk for violent victimization due to their sexual orientation and of intimate partner violence, compared to heterosexual men. The strengths and limitations of the available data are considered and future directions for research are suggested. The chapter also describes governmental and community-based efforts that have been taken to reduce anti-gay violence (hate crimes) and intimate partner violence in male same-sex couples.

Keywords:   violence, intimate partner violence, hate crimes, health disparities, gay men, bisexual men, homosexuality, homophobia, prejudice, discrimination, public health

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