Gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime than heterosexual men. Researchers now estimate that suicide kills more gay and bisexual men than AIDS. Despite this well-documented inequity, there are no targeted suicide prevention programs in Canada. Gay and bisexual men are rarely mentioned in mental health policies. As a postdoctoral research fellow in nursing at the University of British Columbia, I work on the Still Here project to engage gay and bisexual men who have previously struggled with suicide or who have lost another gay or bisexual man to suicide to tell their stories through photographs.
How Are LGBT Youths Affected by Discrimination and What Can Schools Do to Help?
Religious faith linked to suicidal behavior in LGBQ adults | Reuters
In society at large LGBT individuals especially youth are at a higher risk of depression , anxiety , and suicide. State and the suicide rates of that State, surmising the reason was due to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on same-sex sexual relations. A research report found a negative correlation in suicide between LDS Church youth members and nonmember youth in Utah, finding higher levels of religiosity appear to be inversely associated with suicide, though the study does not take into account sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. In January the LDS Church stated in regards to reported suicides of LGBT Mormons that leaders and members are taught to "reach out in an active, caring way to all, especially to youth who feel estranged or isolated. Teen suicide rates in Utah and the United States have increased over the past decade. One study of 1, LGBT Latter-day Saint and former Latter-day Saint respondents in found that involvement with the LDS Church and being single and celibate or engaging in a mixed-orientation marriage are both associated with higher rates of depression and a lower quality of life for LGBT individuals. A number of individuals   and organizations  have stated their belief that church teachings against homosexuality and the treatment of LGBT Mormons by other members and leaders has contributed to LGBT Mormon suicides.
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Last month, the Williams institute at the UCLA School of Law released a startling report about rates of suicidal behavior in the LGBTQ community—a community with historically higher rates of suicide than the general population. Another report from the Generations study which surveys cisgender LGB people found that LGB people who had undergone conversion therapy were at significantly higher risk of suicide behavior—92 percent more likely to think about suicide, and 88 percent more likely to actually attempt it. Conversion therapy , which has been condemned by the American Psychiatric Association, is currently only fully banned in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
No one wants to think about suicide and homosexual suicide is no exception. However, it's important to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT suicides in order to understand the facts and stem their tide. No person should ever feel the need to take their life because of their sexuality and it is important to let people know there is help for gays with depression.