Statistics show that because of social homophobia: self-identified gay teens are at a greater risk to commit suicide over straight teens. Researchers Remafedi, Farrow, and Deisher compared gay and bisexual adolescents who had attempted suicide, to a group who had not attempted to commit suicide. The total of both the groups combined was 137 males, ages 14 to 21, and out of that total only 41 (30%) had made a suicide attempt. From this study we see that gay teens that have attempted to commit suicide tend to be involved in drug abuse, early sexual activity, and prostitution activities which also predominate in the histories of straight teens who attempt suicide.
Researchers say that suicide attempts appear to be related to “coming out” at a younger age, gender a -typicality, low self-esteem, substance abuse, running away, involvement in prostitution, and other psychosocial morbidities. 44% of cases that researchers have looked say their subjects say that they attempt to end their lives’ because of “family problems”. Only 27% of suicide attempters had marred parents (vs. 50% of the non-attempters). 61% of the suicide attempter had been sexually abused (vs. 29 % of the non-attempters). 85% of the attempters had used illicit drugs (vs. 63% of the non-attempters). 51% of the attempters had been arrested (vs. only 28% of the non-attempters). 29% of the attempters had been involved in prostitution.
Through all my research I have found that gay acceptance is widely spreading in American society. This acceptance is apparent in everything from television sitcoms to coporate anti-discrimination policies in recent U.S. Supreme Court Opinions. There is still people who are homophobic and who are cruel to people that are gay. There are those who believe that it is morally wrong to be gay. Theres a percentage of people who believe men and women should lay together and not with the same sex. That percentage has decreased through the years, but that percentage still impacts society.
Many teens are widely impacted by the people who they are close to rather than people they hardly know. If the teens mom or best friend is homophobic and the teen is gay, he/she will hide who they are for fear of being hated. Teens who are in the closet are more likely to be depressed and lonely. Teens who are accepeted for who they are, will more likely live happy lifes.
While homophobes spend their time hating other people lifestyles,others get on with their lifes and not worrying about others lifestyles. Homophobes just are wasting their time hating when they could spend their time accepting and working on their lifes. All people are not perfect, we are all imperfect. All that matters is self happiness whether that be with the same sex or different sex.