According to a new study by the Williams Institute, lesbians, gays and bisexuals are three times more likely to be imprisoned than straight people in the United States.
LGB people make up about 3.5% of the U.S. general population, but 5.5% of men in U.S. prisons are gay or bi, and 33.3% of women in prison are either lesbian or bisexual.
The institute found an incarceration rate of 1,882 per 100,000 LGB people (2,368 per 100,000 gay or bisexual men and 1,399 per 100,000 lesbians or bisexual women).
By comparison, the general incarceration rate among American adults is 612 per 100,000.
LGB inmates were also more likely to be sexually assaulted by staff or other inmates.
A full 17.5% of gay/bi men had been assaulted in prison, compared to only 2.65% of straight men. And 13.1% of lesbian/bi women were assaulted in prison, compared to 5.7% of straight women. Their status as sexual minorities likely makes them targets for violence.
Interestingly, LGB inmates are also much more likely to get laid. A full 23.7% of gay/bi men reported they’ve had consensual sex in prison, compared to just 1.27% of straight men, and 30.7% of lesbian/bi women had consensual sex, compared to only 6.1% of straight women.
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