Study: LGB New Yorkers Face Stark Health Disparities

The Advocate
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August 20, 2013

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual New York City residents are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to struggle with mental health problems and to be victims of sexual assault, according to a new study from the Empire State Pride Agenda

The study, billed as the most comprehensive report to date on health disparities of LGB people in the city, relied on data collected by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It examined the prevalence of diagnosed depression, other mental health issues, eating disorders, and alcohol and tobacco use within the LGB population, exploring how race, ethnicity, gender, and poverty affect the health of LGB New Yorkers. 

The comprehensive report discovered that one in five white lesbian and gay students had missed school in the past 30 days due to feeling unsafe. While black and Latino LGB youth reported slightly lower rates of truancy, the report makes clear that school safety is a significant issue for LGB youth.

Read the full report in PDF form here.