LGB individuals living in anti-gay communities die earlier

Prejudice kills lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals …. not just quickly and violently as sometimes happens in bullying incidents and hate crimes but also, as it turns out, slowly and steadily.

In what appears to be the first study to look at the consequences of anti-LGBT prejudice for mortality, researchers have found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual  individuals who lived in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared with their peers in the least prejudiced communities.

“The results of this study suggest a broadening of the consequences of prejudice to include premature death,” noted the study’s lead author, Mark Hatzenbuehler, PhD, assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Read more at Science Daily News.

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