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New Study Shows Teen Suicide Rate Lower In Gay-Friendly Areas

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Suicide is a horrible, horrible tragedy. So any news about its rate being lower is always welcomed.

In an interesting new study, teen suicide rate is significantly lower in areas that support equality and are gay-friendly, with higher proportions of same-sex couples and schools with gay-supportive policies!

Here are some statistics:

The study of 32,000 Oregon high school students, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens are five times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers.

Even straight teens had higher rates of suicide attempts in more socially conservative areas.

Hatzenbuehler used social data on high school juniors from 34 counties in Oregon from 2006 to 2008. He then created a social score for each county, based on prevalence of gay and lesbian couples; the proportion of schools with GSAs and anti-bullying policies; and the percentage of registered Democrats.

LGB teens who lived in counties with lower social environment scores had a 22% higher rate of suicide attempts than those living in areas with higher scores.

Sometimes depression and suicidal feelings can't be avoided no matter the location, but this news is extremely positive. It just goes to show that equality and fellow human acceptance and understanding is a very powerful thing!

Everyone should be making everyone feel comfortable and safe, regardless if depression is involved, but especially if it is!

Equality and understanding for all!

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19 comments to “New Study Shows Teen Suicide Rate Lower In Gay-Friendly Areas”



  1. 1

    The wonderful thing about statistics is you can make numbers say anything you want.



  2. 2

    Boys make up the majority of youth suicides 4 to 1, why are you only discussing gay suicide? It's a male epidemic, not just a gay issue.



  3. 3

    Teen suicide is a male issue, not a gay one.



  4. 4

    No surprise there! I live in San Francisco. People here are open minded. They don't care about your personal life as much. It's nice to see Whites or Blacks, Straights or gays, shorts or talls, fats or thins taking to each others without much problems in many social places around the city !



  5. 5

    What frightens me, well one of the things that frightens me, N. Ireland has the highest rate of suicide in young men in Europe and is also one of the most difficult places in the world to come out. It's also a place were people throw around the word gay when they want to say something is bad or laughable, although they'll say it's a joke & no harm was meant, but I wonder.



  6. 6

    They had to waste money to determine the obvious, lol Of course it would be less in gay friendly places dumbasses!!



  7. 7

    Re: PerezTheHypocrite – ok im not supposed to be commenting on things anymore so if ur gonna reply make sure its just once and you dont keep me in a conversation. Which one has been proven by genetics? because i hope to hell you dont mean "race" has been proven by genetics because that is totally wrong



  8. 8

    I think you should stick to celebrity gossip and leave politics out of it.. all statistics are skewed anyway.

  9. buck says – reply to this


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    Re: PerezTheHypocrite – its hard to fight liberals with common sense but you just picked up their world and set it on its feet…unfortunately 3 seconds later they fell on their heads again, liberals are very strange.



  10. 10

    Re: PerezTheHypocrite – Funny, I didn't know that it was discovered that gay is genetic. Because race most certainly is not. If we're going to get all literal up in this bitch, I highly suggest you do some reading about "race" in various anthropology journals and books.



  11. 11

    Re: hcoboy – hcoboy I never replied to you in the first place. And yes, despite whatever you may believe, the color of your skin in determined by genetics. Whether you are gay or straight - is not.



  12. 12

    Re: PerezTheHypocrite – i know u didnt i just mean to say i cant and wont comment back and forth with people on this webiste because u will find the most ignorant people here, just a fact of life. anyway there is a differnece between the color of ur skin and race, pigmentation is pigmentation nothing genetic about it. Studies have proven that the genetics in someone who is black are just as similar to a person who is asian or latin, or european etc, and are more similar to the genetics of people of same skin color



  13. 13

    Used "Social Data" ? What the hell is that? Probably another term for "We made up whatever we wanted so the report would verify what we wanted it to"



  14. 14

    Re: PerezTheHypocrite – correction on my last sentence, meant to say they are more genetically similar to people of other ethnicities and continents than to to people of their same skin tone.



  15. 15

    Re: buck

    Dumb cun*t.



  16. 16

    Re: PerezTheHypocrite
    Biology and sexual orientation is the subject of research into the role of biology in the development of human sexual orientation. No simple, single cause for sexual orientation has been conclusively demonstrated, but research suggests that it is by a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental influences, with biological factors involving a complex interplay of genetic factors and the early uterine environment. Biological factors which may be related to the development of a heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or asexual orientation include genes, prenatal hormones, and brain structure.



  17. 17

    I sent you an email about a friend of mine that committed suicide because of gay bullying, and you didn't give a shit.



  18. 18

    To Heather 3 - Perez has addressed bullying and suicide on this site many times. Do a search and find the information.



  19. 19

    What the study says in not so many words is liberals cant cut the
    mustard in a "Real society" where there is competition, winners and
    losers, self sufficent people and yes, a little criticism. Liberals, being
    mentally unstable tend to just kill themselves instead of compete. Hell
    they kill their own before they're born!