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NYT: Stigma Against Gay People Can Be Deadly

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals experience a range of social, economic and health disparities —often the result of a culture and of laws and policies that treat them as lesser human beings. They’re more likely to struggle with poverty and social isolation. They have a higher risk of mental health problems, substance use and smoking. Sexual minorities live, on average, shorter lives than heterosexuals, and L.G.B.T. youth are three times as likely to contemplate suicide, and nearly five times as likely to attempt.

Some of these disparities have interpersonal roots: social exclusion, harassment, internalized homophobia. But often they stem from an explicit denial of rights: same-sex marriage bans, employment discrimination, denial of federal benefits. Discrimination in any form can have serious health consequences: Sexual minorities living in communities with high levels of prejudice die more than a decade earlier than those in less prejudiced communities.

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by Anonymousreply 110/12/2018

It can be deadly when you allow bigots to defeat you and convince you that you are not worthy and in fact inferior. Fuck 'em. Live your life and let a happy and successful life be the ultimate revenge.

by Anonymousreply 110/12/2018
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