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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Why gay kids commit suicide

Suicide attempts by gay teens – and even straight kids – are more common in politically conservative areas where schools don’t have programs supporting gay rights, a study involving nearly 32,000 high school students found.

So says an Associated Press report on 365 Gay.

Hardly surprising, really, is it?

The study focused on the state of Oregon, and “found a higher rate of suicide attempts even among kids who weren’t bullied or depressed when they lived in counties less supportive of gays and with relatively few Democrats. A high proportion of Democrats was a measure used as a proxy for a more liberal environment.”

1 comment:

Dan, gay activist said...

I just read today some article on that there is a drop of suicide rates in a teenage gay population in areas with organized support groups and related communities. Common sense, but somehow a lot of people can just let other people to live their lives.