Perceptions of Safety Among LGBTQ People Following the 2016 Pulse Nightclub Shooting
Stults, C., Kupprat, S., Krause, K., et al. (2017). Perceptions of Safety Among LGBTQ People Following the 2016 Pulse Nightclub Shooting. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. 4(3):251-256.
The authors reviewed literature to better understand perceived safety among LGBTQ+ individuals after the Pulse nightclub shooting, including differences based on race/ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The results show that individuals from more marginalized identities within the LGBTQ+ community had more safety concerns than those with relatively more privileged identities. Safety concerns could worsen stress, which in turn can lead to poor health outcomes. The authors emphasize the importance of health care providers being trained to work with LGBTQ+ people, providing appropriate care, and giving counselling referrals to improve the sense of safety in this population.