Gay men are more lonely than straight men. It pains me to write that. Gay men need positive inspiration and role models, not more negative statements. However, I am highlighting this fact because I know it is easier to make changes when we acknowledge painful truths.
Let’s start by reviewing some of the research on gay people. Academic journals can be incredibly boring so let me give you the brief highlights:
- Gay people are a lot more likely to commit suicide than straight people.
- Gay men have fewer close friends than straight people or gay women.
- Gay men are much more likely to be depressed than straight men.
Statistically, why are we worse off on these measures of mental health? Is it something we ate?