Homophobia Is Bad For Public Health

Homophobia Is Bad For Public Health

The targets of anti-gay prejudice and discrimination tend to experience worse health outcomes. Not only does the stress of victimization put wear and tear on the body, but victims of prejudice often turn to alcohol abuse, substance use, and a range of other unhealthy behaviors in order to cope or escape reality.

Anti-gay prejudice isn’t just unhealthy. In fact, it may actually translate to a dramatically shorter lifespan, according to a recent study published in the journal Social Sciences & Medicine. Anti-gay prejudice isn’t just harmful to the health of sexual minorities, though. Another recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that just holding anti-gay views may pose a health risk.

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Could Homophobia Be Hazardous To Your Health?

Could Homophobia Be Hazardous To Your Health?

Several studies have found that people who are frequent victims of anti-gay prejudice and discrimination report worse health. Not only does the stress of victimization put wear and tear on the body, but victims of prejudice often turn to alcohol abuse, substance use, and a range of other unhealthy behaviors as a way of coping, or to seek psychological “escape.” However, a new study published in Social Sciences & Medicine suggests that anti-gay prejudice isn’t just unhealthy--it may actually translate to a dramatically shorter lifespan. And not only that, but another study just published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that anti-gay prejudice isn’t just harmful to the health of sexual minorities; rather, it may also create serious health risks for those who hold anti-gay views.

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Are Homophobic People Repressing Their Own Same-Sex Desires?

Are Homophobic People Repressing Their Own Same-Sex Desires?

The idea that homophobia stems from fears of one’s own homosexuality has received a lot of public validation in recent years. From evangelical preacher Ted Haggard to former U.S. Senator Larry Craig to psychologist George Reckers (one of the leading proponents of “reparative therapy,” a discredited method some people claim is capable of “curing” homosexuality), some of those who have been fighting hardest against LGBT rights have wound up embroiled in gay sex scandals of their own. Naturally, many of us wonder why. Research suggests that, in some cases, this type of hypocrisy may be traced to the way these individuals were raised by their parents [1].

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