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Safety is a concern for one community in Rochester, survey shows

Safety is a concern for one community in Rochester, survey shows

Nearly half (48 percent) of the LGBTQ+ community in the Rochester area feel unsafe, most commonly when shopping or in their neighborhoods, according to the Levine Center to End Hate at the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester’s State of Hate in Greater Rochester community survey.  

In addition, the survey found half of the area’s LGBTQ+ community fear a verbal attack and 44 percent worry they may be physically attacked. 

“We’ve seen a disturbing increase in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric recently,” said Karen Elam, executive director of the Levine Center to End Hate. “We are continuing to find that the responses to our survey underscore the fear that members of minority groups in our community are feeling.” 

Other survey data show that 63 percent of LGBTQ+ respondents have personally known someone from their community who experienced discrimination and 49 percent have witnessed it firsthand. 

However, there is encouraging news, said Elam, noting that 61 percent of survey respondents felt the Greater Rochester area is a mostly good place to live, while 10 percent said it was a bad place to live.  

This first State of Hate in Greater Rochester survey establishes a baseline of attitudes, perceptions and experiences of discrimination and bias in the area. The survey will be repeated in the future to evaluate local efforts at addressing hate. 

The full report can be accessed here.  

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