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Elections and the GLBT Community

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The next Presidential election is now one year away, but already things seem to be in full swing.  Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered issues (including “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Defense of Marriage Act, marriage equality in general, etc.) remain hot-button topics for political campaigns, and that can be emotionally troubling for members of the queer community.

Many GLBT people intellectually recognize the importance of having discussions about inequality and acceptance on a national scale.  But intellectually knowing this doesn’t stop them from experiencing hurt, anger, and sadness when politicians openly discuss their equality rights and whether or not their sexual orientations or gender identifications are choices.

In one study, University of Kentucky psychologist Sharon Scales Rostosky, PhD, surveyed more than 1,500 lesbian, gay and bisexual adults across the nation and found that respondents from the 25 states that have outlawed same-sex marriage had the highest reports of “minority stress”—the chronic social stress that results from minority-group stigmatization—as well as general psychological distress. The negative campaigning that comes with a ban is directly responsible for the increased stress, says Rostosky. Past research has shown that minority stress is linked to health risks such as risky sexual behavior and substance abuse.

See the American Psychological Association site for the full article.

If political events are making you feel anxious, or if you just need to talk about what you’re feeling, please call us, start a chat, or send us an email.

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Written by glbtnhc

November 7, 2011 at 5:48 am

Posted in Media

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  1. I hope you will choose the right candidate and will have a democracy like Netherlands

    tzarsolomonictor

    November 26, 2011 at 9:53 pm


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