DUH! Gay and Bi Men Are Happier Than Straight Dudes
Gay and bisexual men are happier than straight men — as long as they're out, according to a new University of Montreal study published in the current issue of Psychosomatic Medicine. According to USA Today, the study of 87 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual Canadians — some out, some still in the closet — found that queer folks who had come out to their family and friends "have less anxiety, depression, and burnout" than those who hadn't. Moreover, the study's lead author Robert-Paul Juster, said that, as a group, out gay and bi men "were less likely to be depressed than heterosexual men and had less physiological problems than heterosexual men."
"Our research suggests coming out of the closet has some health benefits," said Juster. "Coming out is no longer a matter of popular debate, but a matter of public health."
The study is a surprise since it comes on the heels of other studies that pointed to high levels of depression in LGBT folks, especially during the coming-out process. But, Juster said, "Something about coming out of the closet might make them more resilient — if you go through a major, stressful event like that you have to develop coping strategies that you might be able to use in the future. We also saw body mass index and inflammation were lower in gay and bisexual men, which fits with the idea that they're taking better care of their bodies than heterosexual men."
Juster said more studies are needed, especially those that focus on the mental health of gay and bisexual women and men who live in states that have approved marriage equality.
"I think in the United States we have a golden opportunity to look at states before and after gay marriage legalization and passage of other policies," Juster told Jason Koebler. "I'd like to do a similar study, using a lot of biological measures, to see if there's something about legalization [of same-sex marriage] that improves mental health."
[quote]"I'd like to do a similar study, using a lot of biological measures, to see if there's something about legalization [of same-sex marriage] that improves mental health."
They've already done such study(s). They discovered that (surprise) levels of depression, alcoholism etc go up in gay and lesbian populations during those crazy amendment campaigns and votes. What was really surprising about it was that levels of depression, alcoholism etc also went up in heterosexual populations during those campaigns, though not as much.
He's also making it sound as thought once you show anti-gay laws harm gay people that the laws will be undone. The problem imho is that the haters KNOW anti-gay laws harm gay people and they're glad of it.
No surprize we're happier; we get much more sex than the straight "dudes".
"less (sic) physiological problems"
Writers who get "less" and "fewer" wrong enrage me.
At 71 I don't know that I buy this baloney. It's certainly a lot easier for straight men to find happiness. For me, a gay man, I had to work hard to find happiness and too often it was fleeting. Each of us have our demons to overcome and just the timing of these challenges takes a toll on one's happiness.
The title is misleading...
Gay and Bi men who are OUT are happier than those in the closet.
That's different from gay men being happier than REAL straight men.
I'm skeptical. Gay people have constant stress because of anti-gay bigotry whether direct at them or other gay people that heterosexuals don't go through.
There's a study underway focused on eldergays. Most of the eldergays have expressed having been gay in their youth, but now that they are old and wrinkled, it all seems to have been a bad dream. I am assured this study will continue.
Nonsense R9. Eldergays are coming out for the first time every single day.
I can believe that it's true, simply because gay/bi men tend to have more realistic expecations about relationships.
The surest way to be unhappy about something is to have unrealistic expecations. And straight men expect their women to look like porn stars 24/7, to devote all their energies to anticipating their wants and fulfilling them, while having careers and doing all the housework and child care. Needless to say, reality can be a shock to someone who expects a relationship like that.
And married men do better than married women. Mainly because a lot of men, especially those in the south, from what I've seen, turn into 12 year-olds right after saying "I do."
I agree with R11. I think gays in general have learned to cope at a much higher level than straights. We expect less from the world because we've been given less by the world for so long.
Straight men are want-to-be kings in a world where they are only ever going to be lowly serfs and jesters. We gays never expected to be kings so don't live with that disappointment every day.
87 men is hardly a valid study. The minimum sample for most studies is 1,500 or more.
Plus it's Canada, hardly have to deal with the same shit we have here in America.
[quote]"Our research suggests coming out of the closet has some health benefits," said Juster. "Coming out is no longer a matter of popular debate, but a matter of public health."
Well then, if it has health benefits, if it's a matter of public health, then obviously there must be an immediate roll-out of legislation that requires all gays to come out.
After all, there's nothing DL loves more than legislation that forces people to improve their health. I say we start the campaign right here - call your legislators everyone, we need sponsors! How many phone tree volunteers we got? Step up!
Most studies more then just a few point to a high rate of clinical depression among gay men. Something like 30%. If they are hiv positive, 50%.
Maybe it should read, Gay Men Have More Fun then Straight Men.
R3 must really be "enraged" when he goes through the "10 items or less" aisle at the supermarket.
Obviously R3 is not one of the Happier gays.
Colbert said that since it was done by Canadians, we need to wait for them to test human subjects.