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Study shows when gay people come out, it can improve their mental health

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  1. Interesting article! Sorry to be a bore though; spelling mistake in the title. It should read “can improve”

  2. Did we really need a study to prove this?…!

    I’ve only recently come out to three members of my family and one friend. It’s a huge weight lifted from my shoulders – I no longer feel like I’m living a lie to the people I love, and I feel far less on edge and defensive when talking with them. I’m 21, so it’s taken longer than many people I know (though obviously not as long as others).

    I have a handful of difficult family members to come out to next, and then I’ll be public. I cannot wait – I don’t really care what people think in the wider world, I’ll finally be able to be myself.

  3. GulliverUK 29 Jan 2013, 4:16pm

    Same can be true of marriage

    “Gay, lesbian, and bisexual people who are married have significantly lower levels of psychological distress when compared to their non-married counterparts”

    But we knew this back in 2006 also;

    “Same-sex “marriages” are good for people’s health, new research suggests. It says they confer the same benefits on homosexual couples as they do on heterosexuals”

    And legalising equal marriage won’t just benefit those getting married;

    “Gay men who live in states where same-sex marriage is legal are healthier, have less stress, make fewer doctor visits …”

  4. You don’t say

  5. Colin Simpson 29 Jan 2013, 8:05pm

    What a complete waste of money and effort, I’d think anyone with even a slight amount of common sense would already know this already, the money could have been better spent, instead of wasting it on the ‘experts’.

  6. It certainly has helped my mental health. If I hadn’t come out of the closet as transgender to my parents and my sister yet by now I would be still cutting myself, thinking of suicide or could even have already castrated myself, a paranoid obsession I acquired some time after discovering myself as transgender. If I could recommend something to a fellow LGBT person it would be coming out of the closet. There is nothing better in life.

  7. im so deep in the closet im in fucking narnia. oh hello mystical lion lets frolic together “manic-hahahahaha”

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