Raising Awareness about Online Safety Issues in the LGBT Community

May 16, 2013 8:20am

One of our goals at the National Cyber Security Alliance is empower people with the tools and resources they need to stay safe online.

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be working with the LGBT Technology Partnership to encourage greater awareness about online safety issues affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender communities. 

The LGBT Technology Partnership is a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on ensuring that the implementation of public policies addresses the unique technological needs of LGBT communities.

One of the ways that NCSA works to reach as many people as possible is through partnership and collaboration. We believe that people are more ready to accept safety messaging if it comes from people, organizations or companies that they already trust. By working with groups like the LGBT Technology Partnership to develop tips and advice for them to disseminate, we hope to speed up the flow of information of getting safety and security information into people’s hands. We know that when people take steps to be safer online they help make the Internet more secure for everyone.

Through our work with the LGBT Technology Partnership, we’ve learned that there’s an increased need for ongoing online safety education in LGBT communities through awareness initiatives.

For example, did you know…

  • 59 percent of gay men and 58 percent of lesbians are more likely to say they rely on technology to help manage their hectic lifestyles (2012 LGBT Community Survey, Community Marketing Inc.)
  • 27 percent of gay men, (mainly 18-29 year olds) and 18 percent of lesbians are early adopters of new technology products within their peer lifestyle networks (2012 LGBT Community Survey, Community Marketing Inc.)
  • Smartphone ownership among gay and lesbian consumers is almost a third more likely than that found in the national average lifestyle with 87 percent compared to 62 percent of the national average (2012 LGBT Community Survey, Community Marketing Inc.)
  • 9 in 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) students have experienced some form of bullying at school (It Gets Better Campaign and Stop Bullying Now!)
  •  “Meeting online is now dramatically more common among same-sex couples than any way of meeting has ever been for heterosexual or same-sex couples in the past.” (Stanford University Study How couples Meet and Stay Together)

We’ll be working with the LGBT Technology partnership to develop awareness resources, starting with our just-released tip sheet, “What LGBT Communities Should Know About Online Safety.”

Next month, we’ll hold a #ChatSTC Twitter Chat with @LGBTTech, @STOPTHNKCONNECT and other partners in honor of Internet Safety Month and Gay Pride Month, both of which are held in June.

For more information about the LGBT Technology Partnership, visit: http://lgbttechpartnership.org/

We look forward to growing the partnership.


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