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Lifestyles and violence: Homosexual victims of assault and murder


Qualitative data from three sources are combined to assess lifestyle characteristics of homosexual victims of violent crimes. Data sources include studies of homosexual fathers, participants in public restroom sex and homosexual victims of murder. Descriptions of victims and offenders are provided and circumstances surrounding their interaction are detailed. Some homosexual men, those most fearful of being stigmatized as gay, adopt a covert lifestyle which tends to make them subject to criminal victimization. Establishment of gay love relationships and involvement with gay community institutions may reduce vulnerability to violent crimes.

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Correspondence to Laud Humphreys.

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Thanks are extended to Professor Mary Riege Laner, Arizona State University, for her helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper.

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Miller, B., Humphreys, L. Lifestyles and violence: Homosexual victims of assault and murder. Qual Sociol 3, 169–185 (1980).

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  • Social Psychology
  • Qualitative Data
  • Social Issue
  • Violent Crime
  • Cross Cultural Psychology