Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity/ Expression Discrimination and Victimization among Self-Identified LGBTQI Native Hawaiians in Hawai‘i

  • Rebecca L Stotzer
Keywords: Native Hawaiians, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), discrimination, bias crimes


Little is known about Native Hawaiian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) people, given the long colonial history of suppressing a variety of indigenous conceptualizations of sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity. This paper presents findings from a statewide needs assessment of LGBTQI people in Hawai‘i, focusing on differences between people who identify their primary race/ethnicity as Native Hawaiian and those who identify as other races/ethnicities in regard to experiences of health care and social service discrimination, workplace discrimination, and victimization. Results suggest that Native Hawaiian LGBTQI people face more bias due to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression along multiple domains than those who identify with other racial/ethnic groups overall.


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