Reports & Research

Living in the margins: A national survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

Report Type: 
May 09, 2007

Download fact sheets for California, Illinois, the New York City metropolitan area, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and Washington state. (Available languages: Chinese and English.)

Read the executive summary of the report. (Available languages: Chinese, English, Hindi, Korean and Vietnamese.)

Read the May 10 press release in Chinese, English, Hindi, Korean and Vietnamese.

Alain Dang, Ben de Guzman and Doreena Wong at the report release

Alain Dang, Task Force policy analyst and lead author of the study, at the report release with Ben de Guzman of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress and Doreena Wong, co-chair of API Equality – LA.

Using data from the largest-ever national survey of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans, this historic study finds that 75 percent of respondents report experiencing discrimination and/or harassment based on their sexual orientation.

Key findings of the report include:

  • Nearly every respondent (98 percent) had experienced at least one form of discrimination and/or harassment in their lives.
  • Nearly all respondents (89 percent) agreed that homophobia and/or transphobia are problems within the broader API community.
  • 78 percent of respondents agreed that API LGBT people experience racism within the predominantly white LGBT community.
  • Only 50 percent of respondents said that English was their native language. Yet nearly all LGBT informational and advocacy materials are produced in English.