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“Of course, there are always people who do not like who you are.”: Understandings of fear and safety in public spaces among LGBTQ people
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people [LGBTQ] have a reported lower health then the rest of the population in many countries. Experiences of violence and feeling vulnerable in public spaces are more common among LGBTQ people compared to the rest of the population. Trans people are the most exposed to both insecurity in public spaces as well as to ill health. Aim: The aim of the study is to explore understandings of fear and safety in public spaces among LGBTQ people and the implications for public health. Method: Data was collected through qualitative semi-structured interviews with five informants and analyzed using Grounded Theory. Result: Two dimensions of reality become apparent. The visible one, where Umeå is perceived as safe and LGBTQ persons are not particularly vulnerable and the invisible one, where opposing groups and individuals pose a threat to LGBTQ persons in public spaces. The invisible reality is kept invisible by incidences being glossed over and by a heteronormative structure. This has implications for health but is hard to assess by the individual due to the invisibility. Conclusion: Fear and safety in public spaces is an issue for LGBTQ people even in perceived as safe settings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 22 p.
Series
, Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341X ; 2015:22
Keyword [en]
LGBTQ, LGBT, public spaces, fear, safety, violence, LGBT-health, Umeå
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104299OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-104299DiVA: diva2:819139
Educational program
Master's Programme in Public Health (one-year)
Presentation
2015-05-25, Umeå, 14:00 (English)
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Available from: 2016-04-07 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2016-04-07Bibliographically approved

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