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September 4, 2014

Study shows bisexuals are the worst affected group

Gay people in England are more likely to suffer health problems and have worse experiences with doctors, according to a new study.

Researchers found that 25% of lesbians and 31% of bisexual women reported fair or poor general health, compared to 21% of heterosexual women. Among men, 22% of gay men and 26% of bisexual men reported fair or poor general health, compared to 20% of heterosexual men.

December 21, 2012

The University of Melbourne claims gay women can stop symptoms of depression if they have children

An Australian study has found gay women are more likely to drink excessively as a result of depression.

The University of Melbourne studied the correlation between excessive drinking, recreational drug use and the mental health among lesbians 18 years and over.

Professor Ruth McNair found lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are two to three times more likely to experience depression and anxiety, Australian News reports.

October 26, 2012

A group of UCLA researchers were surprised to find that heterosexual twins suffered more mental distress than their gay siblings when they set out to find why straight men have trouble asking for help

Psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have found that heterosexual twins do worse psychologically than their gay twins, and are more reluctant in seeking help.

The researchers took 38 pairs of identical twins where one twin was straight and the other gay and found that gay men in the study were more likely to seek help for psychological problems than their heterosexual sibling.

However the researchers were surprised to find that the gay twins also reported experiencing less psychological problems.

August 1, 2012

Leading scientist Dr Qazi Rahman introduces us to his new research which sheds light on the fascinating question of what makes us gay

Small, dark and fiercely intelligent, Dr Qazi Rahman speaks quickly and excitedly about his specialist subject - what makes us gay?

We met over a glass of white wine - it was a warm evening in London and we sat outside Farringdon wine-bar Vinoteca, entertaining the nearby tables as I asked naive questions about biology and sexuality.

Rahman is the assistant professor in cognitive biology at London’s Queen Mary University and I start by asking what that means.

June 13, 2012

Terrence Higgins Trust voices support for gay marriage in UK, claiming the legislation will improve sexual health by reducing stigma

The legalization of gay marriage in the UK will help fight the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, health experts claim today (13 June).

In its response to the UK government's consultation on legalizing same-sex civil marriage in England and Wales, which closes tomorrow (14 June) at 11.59pm, the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) says the historic legislation will improve the sexual health of gays, lesbians and bisexuals by reducing stigma.

June 11, 2012

Two new reports criticize landmark 2005 gay parenting brief that says LGB families as good as straight ones

Children with lesbian, gay or bisexual parents are worse off, a report from US university scientists claims.

In the study of 3,000 adults, Mark Regenerus, author and professor of sociology at the University of Texas, found that children from planned LGB families did worse than children in conventional relationships with stable families.

The study asked young adults questions about social, emotional and relational experiences in 40 areas.

February 3, 2012

Experts are calling on the Australian government to legalize gay marriage because of its health benefits

Legalizing gay marriage will reduce drug and alcohol abuse in the LGBT community, say experts in Australia.

In a newly released paper, researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales cite studies which shows a direct link between marriage equality and reduced alcohol and drug consumption.