Firearm Violence Among LGBTQ+ Communities: Scoping Review Protocol

King, W. M., & Gamarel, K. E. (2021). Firearm violence among LGBTQ+ communities: Scoping Review Protocol.


Description of public health problem: In the general population, firearms are one of the most common means of suicide. The lethality of firearms creates a higher risk of mortality in a suicide attempt with a firearm compared to other means (e.g., hanging/strangulation/suffocation and poisoning). Notably, firearm suicides account for the majority of deaths due to firearm violence. Why is it important do this review: LGBTQ+ people have higher rates of suicide ideation and attempts compared their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. The purpose of this review is to synthesize the literature on firearms among LGBTQ+ populations in the US to guide suicide prevention efforts.