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Techcrack article TechCrush/TechCrunch The world has been shocked to learn that bisexual men are more likely to commit suicide than straight men, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Illinois and the University at Buffalo.
The study is the first to look at suicide rates among the LGBT population and suggests that bisexuals are far more likely than straight people to be at risk.
“It is a sobering reminder that suicide is a very real and present danger for bisexual people, and one that can have dire consequences for the health of their families and loved ones,” said Dr. Daniela Galvan, lead author of the study.
“While our findings do not provide a cause-and-effect relationship between these rates, we do have reason to believe that they are a consequence of discrimination, lack of acceptance and the negative stereotypes that pervade LGBT culture.”
The researchers used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which included more than 13,000 high school students from across the U.S. They also tracked suicide and attempted suicide data from nearly 2,200 U.K. students over a decade, and collected demographic information for more than 2,800 participants.
The study showed that among gay men who identified as bisexual, nearly 1 in 5 committed suicide.
That number rose to 2.5 in 5 for heterosexual men, and 1 in 3 for lesbians.
The numbers for women and trans people were much lower, with fewer than 1 in 10 and fewer than 0.7 percent, respectively.
The researchers note that while suicide is common among LGBT people, it is rare among the general population.
“We are seeing increased rates of suicide among bisexual men who have attempted suicide and among bisexual women who have experienced suicidal ideation,” Galvan said.
“This is a particularly concerning trend because suicide is often considered to be the most underreported cause of death in the LGBT community.
In addition, the majority of suicides are of young, male, white, cisgender men.”
Galvan said the findings indicate that the suicide rate among bisexuals is higher than the national average.
“We know that many people who are attracted to women are suicidal, but that is largely a function of the way they identify themselves, their social constructions and the stigma they have faced,” she said.
Galvan’s findings were published in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.
They have also been published in LGBTQNation.com and Queerty.com.
The researchers say the findings are a reminder that discrimination, stigma and homophobia in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have been a growing problem in the U, which is one of the few developed countries that does not fully acknowledge and support bisexuality.
“While it is important to note that our study is one-sided, it does underscore the need for greater and more robust efforts to combat discrimination, prejudice and stigma in the LGBTQ community,” said co-author Dr. Amy Zemir.
“It is especially important for policymakers and policymakers who are tasked with the responsibility of protecting the health and well-being of LGBT Americans, including those who are bisexual, to ensure that LGBT people can access quality, affordable health care and that there are comprehensive services available to them.”
The findings are the latest in a series of studies about the health effects of homophobia and discrimination in the United States, and it follows recent reports that showed a higher rate of suicide for gay and bisexual men.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said last week that there was a “simmering concern” about the suicide rates of gay men, particularly among those who identify as transgender.
“The data shows a high rate of bisexual men, especially bisexual men of color, who are also at risk for suicide.
This may be due to a lack of access to health care, as well as stigma,” said Task Force Chair and LGBT researcher David A. Fathi.”
In addition, there are concerns that there may be a lack to acknowledge and embrace bisexual people in the workplace as LGBT persons,” he added.
“Many gay and transgender people have been told that they’re just a ‘bad person’ who must ‘grow out of it,’ and this could be particularly problematic in our country, which does not recognize bisexuality as a distinct sexual orientation.”
The National Center for Transgender Equality, which supports LGBT rights and is a member of the Task Force, said it was “heartened” by the study’s findings.
“Research suggests that the LGBT+ community is not alone in being impacted by homophobia and other forms of discrimination,” said NCTE Executive Director Jennifer J. Fox.
“There are people who