Friday, January 30, 2009

Harassment has long term consequences

Back around 1997 an extensive survey of 2900 gay men was done. Data from that survey is still being analyzed. The latest finding is that harassment of gay youth (by other youth or by parents) has a direct implication of the health of gay men. Harassed youth are more likely to be subjected to domestic violence by partners as adults, suffer from depression, attempt suicide, be HIV-positive, and engage in risky sexual behavior. Focus on the Family portrays gays as depressed, suicidal, and unhealthy and their policies of preventing anti-bullying bills (among other things) perpetuates that image.

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