Methods: Data were obtained from the Latino MSM Community Involvement: HIV Protective Effects Study. All respondents were self-identifying gay, bisexual and/or transgender persons (N=643) from Chicago and San Francisco (Ramirez-Valles, 2014). Three items were used to measure experiences of adult harassment, which examined harassment experienced due to one’s sexual orientation by friends and family members.
Results: Approximately 34.5% of respondents reported that they were verbally harassed as adults by family members due to their sexual orientation and 31.9% were physically attacked in general due to their sexual orientation. 67.2% of respondents reported being verbally harassed by non-family members (67.2%) due to their sexual orientation.
Conclusion/Implications: The high prevalence of verbal and physical harassment that gay and bisexual Latino men experience falls in line with the hypothesis that this community is particularly vulnerable to violence. Study results have both practice and policy implications. Service providers should ensure to provide culturally competent, trauma-informed practices when working with gay and bisexual Latino men, by addressing the intersection of their identities. In addition, it is important to ensure the protection of this community in attempts to prevent further victimization. Further research in this area is needed.