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NCJ Number: 228435 Find in a Library
Title: When the Glitter Settles: Safety and Hostility at and Around Gay and Lesbian Public Events
Author(s): Stephen Tomsen; Kevin Markwell
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 50
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 9781921532276
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report explores aspects of safety and hostility as perceived and experienced by participants at large-scale gay and lesbian events held in Australia.
Abstract: Although event organizers, police, and public officials involved in planning and regulation stressed the order and goodwill of these occasions, results show that there is a steady undercurrent of hostility, abuse, and unreported violent attacks at these events, particularly in the aftermath of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG). Survey participants felt notably unsafe or threatened in relation to post-event interactions at the SGLMG parade. Hostility, abuse, and attacks reflect sexual prejudice as well as the more general safety issues of large night-time events: mass discomfort, collective intoxication, drug use, late-night transport, and finding an optimal degree of crowd supervision and surveillance. Although event planning and policing have done much to reduce serious violence in the immediate context of the event, there is room for further direct consideration of the concerns and suggestions of event participants of the sort that are raised in the report. Data were collected from an Internet-based questionnaire survey that sought information concerning participants' perceptions and experiences of hostility, threats, and violence before, during, and after these events. Figures, appendixes, and references
Main Term(s): Police-gay community relations; Public safety coordination
Index Term(s): Crime control policies; Crime Control Programs; Dangerousness; Hate Crimes
Note: AIC Reports: Research and Public Policy Series 100
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