Yes, homophobic slurs fall under the domestic violence/sexual assault umbrella of being verbal abuse, emotional abuse. It’s an assault. Just because a touch or grope can’t be proven, it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, nor does it mean the pain or trauma for the event isn’t valid.
Although this administration is trying to erase all efforts made under the Victims of Crime Act regarding crimes against the LGBTQ, there is an entire program dedicated to educating the community as well as aiding victims. It is hard like you said because the first barrier is reporting…and nobody is trying to be fooling up with cops these days.
This falls under my grant work Sam McKenzie Jr.. Your pain is valid and important, and I am very happy you wrote this piece about the sexual harassment of gay men by all types of people. It’s an under-reported crime, and it’s the reasons there are so many homeless LGBTQ youth out in the world. There’s very little discussion about it, and there are very few support networks that meaningfully engage youth.
It seems much of the info for LGBTQ protections have mysteriously disappeared or defunded. The other weird thing is the protections appear to be primarily geared towards transgender women. All of the federally funded sources that used to fund gay mens issues are no longer offering services or current info. Check it out:
Office for Victims of Crime (LGBTQ)
If it’s not a trans issue, it’s not important. I think this is a very important topic to continue to discuss today Sam, especially in light of all the hate coming from our nation’s leadership. Emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse have been sanctioned. People need to understand what being harassed as a gay man sounds and looks like. You laid it out so clearly!