STUDY: LGB Americans Face Significant Health Disparities Compared to Heterosexuals

According to a study compiled by Oregon public health officials, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) Americans are susceptible to a host of sexual and mental health issues at significantly higher rates than heterosexuals.

In addition to facing higher levels of food insecurity and poverty, the study finds that LGB adults are less likely to have access to health insurance and more likely to face sexual and emotional abuse than their fellow heterosexuals. As per the Oregonian, here are some of the report’s findings:

  • Nearly twice as many LGB adults report frequent mental distress as hetero adults. One in five LGBQ youth report a suicide attempt in the previous 12 months compared with one in 25 heterosexual youth.
  • More than one in three LGB adults report ever being sexually assaulted compared with one in eight heterosexual adults.
  • Twice as many LGB adults reporting ever being hit, slapped, pushed, kicked or physically hurt by an intimate partner in their lifetimes as is reported among hetero adults.
  • LGB adults are less likely than heterosexuals to have medical insurance.

Other studies have also confirmed that this segment of the American population encounters significant hurdles when it comes to insurance coverage and maintaining proper mental health.