Striking findings contained in new study may broaden appreciation of unique stressors faced by gay and bisexual men. T he persistence of mental health hardships among gay and bisexual men, which endure even as LGBTQ people gain greater acceptance and civil rights, can be explained at least in part by the corrosive effects of status consciousness, competitiveness and racism within the gay community itself. Those are the striking and potentially controversial findings of a study published in January in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that may broaden appreciation of the unique stressors faced by gay and bisexual men. Gay and lesbian people have a more than fourfold higher rate of suicide than the general population. Among transgender people, the gulf is even wider.
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The patients were aged 23 to 62 years, and all were residents of or had visited the Lower Mainland prior to the onset of illness. No connections were found between the cases, suggesting the bacteria had become widespread in the gay population. The rate of disease in the gay population was estimated at between This rate was sufficiently high to warrant a vaccination campaign to provide free meningococcal group C conjugate vaccine to all gay and bisexual men in BC.
The subjects were made to view pornography ; the device then measured the diameter of the pupils of the eyes pupillary response test , perspiration, and pulse for a supposed erotic response. The "fruit machine" was employed in Canada in the s and s during a campaign to eliminate all gay men from the civil service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police RCMP , and the military. A substantial number of workers did lose their jobs.