LGBT Discrimination and Gay Bullying Growing Concerns in South Florida, Survey Indicates
Our Fund, the gay community foundation that was launched 18 months ago, recently released the results of a community-wide survey covering a range of issues from health and harassment to wishes and wealth.
"It wasn’t a scientific research project," said Our Fund president Anthony Timiraos. "But we feel it’s a great start. It gives us something to look at as we try to assess the issues that should be addressed in our community."
Our Fund initiated the project and enlisted assistance from a wide range of non-profit organizations and interested individuals in the South Florida counties. In addition to recommending questions to be asked, the local non-profits distributed the invitation to complete the survey through their email broadcasts. Palm cards were printed and distributed at gay and gay-friendly locations inviting participation.
"One of the things we’re seeing," said Timiraos, who agreed that financial issues are important to Our Fund and its beneficiaries, "is the funders are encouraging agencies to collaborate rather than duplicate services. There’s less money to go around and they want the best return on what they have to donate. So we felt it was important to get insights from a wide range of non-profit organizations and people who support them."
693 individuals completed the online survey between April 1 and June 30, 2012. The majority of respondents were over 50 years old. 70% own their own homes. Almost 70% are in some sort of relationship and more than 72% had incomes over $50,000 a year. 74.2% identified as gay, 16.2% as lesbians, and 9.6% as "other."
Geographically, the results were heavily weighted toward Broward with 64.9% of the response. Palm Beach had 22% and Miami-Dade 7.1%. Six percent were listed as "other."
The topics investigated by the survey included discrimination, quality of life, civic involvement and donor trends.
According to the executive summary of the report, the survey showed that health was one of the most important issues identified by the respondents. Particular emphasis was placed on LBT women. LGBT seniors in various stages of aging, and an awareness of issues faced by people with HIV/AIDS were also seen as important areas of focus.