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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Same-Sex Marriage Is Good For Gay and Lesbian Health

Relationship scientists have known for decades that married people are healthier and live longer lives than their single counterparts.1 However, virtually all of the research conducted to date has focused exclusively on the health benefits associated with heterosexual marriage. Given that more and more countries have started extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, has there been any effect on the health of gays and lesbians? Two recent studies suggest that there have been some positive changes.
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