Violence against gay men

Jillian R. Scheer, Aaron S. Breslow, Jessica Esposito, Maggi A. Price, Joeli Katz

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Gay men experience violence at disproportionate rates. This disparity is driven by state-sanctioned structural violence, homophobia, and problematic masculine norms. The present chapter reviews the historical legacies of violence against gay men and provides an overview of research on current prevalence rates. The authors introduce multiple theoretical frameworks (e.g., minority stress theory) to elucidate the experiences of gay men with multiple marginalized identities. Common risk factors (e.g., gender nonconformity) and forms of violence (e.g., intimate partner violence) in this population are discussed. Subsequently, barriers to reporting violence and the consequences associated with violence are reviewed. The chapter concludes with a discussion of practice and policy recommendations and implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationViolence Against LGBTQ+ Persons
Subtitle of host publicationResearch, Practice, and Advocacy
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783030526122
ISBN (Print)9783030526115
StatePublished - Nov 9 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Gay men
  • Homophobia
  • Minority stress
  • Syndemic theory
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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