Category Archives: Featured Findings

Negative Social Environment Related to Suicide Attempts Among LGB Youth

014-smAn analysis of population-based data in Oregon revealed that living in environments that are less supportive of gays and lesbians is associated with greater suicide attempts among LGB youth. Consistent with previous research demonstrating a higher risk of suicide attempts in LGB youth, the study also found that Oregon LGB teens were significantly more likely to have attempted suicide in the past 12 months, compared with heterosexuals (21.5% vs 4.2%) Continue reading

High Rates of Youth Drug Use Observed in Bisexuals and “Mostly Heterosexuals”

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Sexual minority adolescents are at disproportionate risk for using drugs. A recent analysis of a large community-based cohort of U.S. adolescents aged 12-23 revealed that bisexual youth and youth identifying as “mostly heterosexual” were at particularly high risk for using illicit drugs other than marijuana in the past year. Continue reading

Age of First Anal Intercourse Dropping Among MSM

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Recent evidence suggests that men who have sex with men (MSM) are initiating anal intercourse at earlier ages. A Swiss study reveled that the mean age at first anal intercourse fell from 24.5 years among men born before 1965 to 20.0 years among men born between 1975 and 1984. The study also found that younger cohorts of MSM have been initiating anal intercourse with increasingly older partners. Continue reading

Gay and Bisexual Men Have Higher Rates of Disordered Eating

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Confirming results of several other studies, this recent study showed that gay/bisexual men have significantly higher symptoms indicative of eating disorders as compared to heterosexual men. In this study, no significant differences were observed between rates of eating disorders in lesbian/bisexual women and heterosexual women, or between diverse ethnic minorities. Continue reading

LGB Mental Health Related to State-Level Anti-Discrimination Policies

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A recent analysis of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), a large, population-based epidemiological survey of U.S. adults, showed a relationship between state-level policies that protect lesbian, gays and bisexuals (LGBs) from discrimination and hate crimes and the mental health of LGB populations. Continue reading