Monday, October 8, 2018

New study on adolescent sexual minority suicide

It should come as no surprise that LGBT adolescents are at greater risk for attempting suicide.
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Monday: JAMA-Pediatrics has released a new study this morning titled: Risk of Attempted Suicide Among Sexual Minority Adolescents.

Suicide is among the leading causes of death for adolescents. This study estimated the risk of attempted suicide among sexual minority adolescents and differentiated between sexual minority groups (homosexual, bisexual and transgender). The study confirms that transgender kids have the highest potential risk but notes that all sexual minorities are “burdened” with heightened risk.

The full text is quite technical as you might suspect but the conclusion makes perfect sense:
…adolescents with nonheterosexual orientation had a significantly higher risk of life-threatening behavior compared with their heterosexual peers. Public awareness appears to be needed, and a careful evaluation of support strategies (eg, support programs, counseling, and destigmatizing efforts) should be part of education and public health planning.
Conversion therapy was not among the recommendations. In large measure, kids are murdering themselves, or attempting to do so, because of ridicule and peer pressure. The religious right (including the Catholic Church) should think about this when they disparage sexual minority adolescents. Their answer is always the same: Make the kid straight/cis. They are never dissuaded by the simple fact that their solution never works.

They all have blood on their hands which makes the sanctimonious fools nothing short of a disgrace. Parents need to be aware of the fact that the bigotry which they pass along to their children can have devastating consequences.

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