Australian Study: Homophobic Neighbors Affect the Health of LGB people

An Australian study found that the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people is affected when they have anti-LGBT neighbors.

Francesco Perales and Abram Todd of the University of Queensland looked at data from over 15,986 Australians who took the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, according to Gay Star News. The study found that areas that had more no votes during the mail balloting for marriage equality often had a lower quality of life for the gay, lesbian or bisexual people there.

“Even within a relatively progressive country such as Australia, the lack of acceptance of LGB people and the dearth of social support that they receive are to a large extent responsible for their overall poor health and wellbeing,” Perales said.

The HILDA data included 554 gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to Gay Star News. The data did not transgender or intersex people.

Perales and Todd recommend that legislation to help LGBT people will improve their social acceptance and wellbeing. Perales previously led a study that concluded that anti-LGBT people had less cognitive ability on average.

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