A new survey released Sept. 2 illustrates the perception of the frequency of police harassment against gays and lesbians, as well as transgender individuals, among different demographics.
"GenForward: A survey of the Black Youth Project with the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research" polled 1,750 persons ages 18-30 to conceptualize how "race and ethnicity shape how respondents experience and think about the world." Black Youth Project ( BYP ) is housed at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago.
The survey asked African-American, Latino, Asian-American and white adults ages 18-30 about their perceptions of police violence against against certain demographics. According to the survey, 25 percent of African Americans surveyed said that gays and lesbians were mistreated by the police; 26 percent of Asian American respondents agreed. About 35 percent of Latino respondents also said gays and lesbians were mistreated, as did 33 percent of white respondents.
Higher rates of respondents across the board perceived mistreatment of transgender men and women by police. About 30 percent of African American respondents said transgender individuals were mistreated, as did 34 percent of Asian Americans. About 38 percent of Latino respondents perceived such mistreatment, as did 45 percent of white respondents.
The complete report can be viewed online at bit.ly/2c6MTwp.