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Positive Gay Men are Healthier: What about You?
The degree of negativity toward homosexuality is what predicts poor sexual and mental health in gay men, according to a University of Minnesota study.
422 Midwestern gay and bisexual men completed surveys assessing their degree of homosexuality, their degree of positive or negative attitudes towards homosexuality, and a range of mental and sexual health variables.
In all cases, internalized homonegativity, not being homosexual, predicted poorer mental health (particularly increased depression) and worse sexual health.
Negative attitude linked to poorer health
Researchers say the study helps inform the debate of whether or not being homosexual is healthy.
“This study is a missing link in our understanding of the relationship between sexuality and health,” Simon Rosser, Ph.D said. “It provides new evidence that negative attitudes towards homosexuality, not homosexuality itself, are associated with both poorer mental and sexual health outcomes seen in sexual minorities. Conversely, positive attitudes towards homosexuality are associated with better mental and sexual health.”
For more than 150 years, scholars and educators have debated whether homosexuality is an objective disorder or whether societal prejudice, not homosexuality, leads to the elevated rates of depression, drug use, and HIV/STD epidemics seen in studies of gay men, Rosser said. This study tested both theories.
“Given the debates in many religious denominations about homosexuality, and in society about homosexuals and civil rights, it’s also timely,” Rosser said. “In particular, the old advice to gay men to fight, deny, or minimize their homosexuality likely only increases depression, greater isolation, and poorer sexual health. In short, viewing homosexuality as a disorder is not only inaccurate, it may be harmful as well.”
The research, part of a state-funded HIV prevention program, has also been shown to be effective in reducing unsafe sex.
The study appears in the September issue of the Journal of Homosexuality.