Gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals reported more health problems than straight men and women, in a large U.S. survey.
Are we going to be allowed to think honestly about this? Or is this going to be our fault?
With nearly 69,000 participants, the survey revealed that lesbian, gay and bisexual adults “were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use, potentially due to the stressors that (they) experience as a result of interpersonal and structural discrimination,” researchers wrote online June 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
I figured, it’s our fault.
Overall, 67,150 survey respondents were heterosexual, 525 lesbian, 624 gay and 515 bisexual. The average age was about 47.
Because 47 year old people don’t otherwise have any health problems.
Gay, lesbian and bisexual people were also more likely than heterosexuals to report heavy drinking and smoking.
Again, we know this is our fault. That and the dope usage they’re known for. If only we would quit all this structural discriminating we’re doing against them, everything would be cool.
While gays and lesbians reported worse psychological distress than heterosexuals, bisexual people suffered the most, the survey showed.
Gonzales told Reuters Health that the health disparities are likely due to the stress of being a minority, which is likely exacerbated among bisexual people, who may not be accepted by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
For once, something that isn’t our fault: L, G and T are ganging up on B.
Other factors too, along with so-called minority stress, may account for health differences between heterosexuals and lesbian, gay and bisexual people, Gonzales said.
For example, he said, survey respondents may not have had access to marriage, which wasn’t legalized at the federal level in the U.S. until 2015.
“It will be interesting to see how legal same-sex marriage will affect these health disparities,” Gonzales said.
Marriage, that institution which is an outmoded anachronism and institutionally oppressive, and not good for anyone. Except if you’re LGBTQ, in which case, it’s the most important civil right ever, and the master key to happiness and mental health.
In a note published with the study, Dr. Mitchell Katz says the disparities may decrease with the growing acceptance of sexual minority populations.
“Health care professionals can help by creating environments that are inclusive and supportive of sexual minority patients,” writes Katz, who is an editor of the journal.
Biased doctors and nurses.