STUDY: Staying In The Closet Is Killing You

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    Oct 05, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    Even if you have never experienced discrimination or violence for your sexual or gender identity, the mere possibility of such still takes a toll on your well-being, according to a new study from the Williams Institute.

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/10/04/335483/study-anti-gay-microaggressions-impact-health-of-lesbians-gays-bisexuals/

    The study says that all the “homophobia, racism, and sexism” pervading our general culture creates real dangers and “micro-agressions,” minor and often intangible stressors that gradually tax a person’s mental and physical health:

    "...participants describe homophobia, racism, and sexism as enduring and pervasive social forces that chronically and systematically exclude them from social institutions… Researchers need to pay greater attention than they have to date to describing these stressors and understanding their effects… such as not being able to walk down the street freely because of the fear of expressing affection to one’s intimate partner."

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  • FRE0

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    Oct 05, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    There is a similar theory that the reason that blacks in the U.S. suffer from hypertension and other problems more than whites do is at least partly explained by constant anxiety resulting from racist attitudes. The theories may be correct.
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    Oct 05, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    Gasp!

    Maybe I should put a pic up
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    Oct 05, 2011 10:05 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    waimea saidGasp!

    Maybe I should put a pic up
    Do it.

    You first.
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    Oct 05, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
    I agree with that. I had hypertension before coming out and I was stressed out every day about it. I don't know if I still do now, but it would be interesting to see if I do. My outlook on life has changed a lot since then and I've never felt better so I doubt I have it anymore.
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    Oct 05, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
    That article has nothing to do with staying in the closet, so I am confused by your title. I'm guessing it has something to do with this.
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1850677/

    Experiencing stress over how others will react to our sexuality is something all of us deal with, wether we are in the closet or not.
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    Oct 05, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    MNrunner2003 saidThat article has nothing to do with staying in the closet, so I am confused by your title. I'm guessing it has something to do with this.
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1850677/

    Experiencing stress over how others will react to our sexuality is something all of us deal with, wether we are in the closet or not.


    Took the words straight from my mouth.
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    Oct 05, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    waimea saidGasp!

    Maybe I should put a pic up
    Noooooo!!!!
    I like being the only person here who's seen your pic and knows how sexy you are. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 05, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    wildtype87 said
    MNrunner2003 saidThat article has nothing to do with staying in the closet, so I am confused by your title. I'm guessing it has something to do with this.
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1850677/

    Experiencing stress over how others will react to our sexuality is something all of us deal with, wether we are in the closet or not.


    Took the words straight from my mouth.


    +2
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    Oct 06, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    FRE0 saidThere is a similar theory that the reason that blacks in the U.S. suffer from hypertension and other problems more than whites do is at least partly explained by constant anxiety resulting from racist attitudes. The theories may be correct.


    That's an interesting idea, but if you look at black populations outside of the US, such as in the Caribbean, you see a similar predisposition to hypertension and diabetes. I think in that scenario at least, genetics and to some extent diet and access to preventive medical management are bigger factors.
  • Anto

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    Oct 06, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    motov8 saidThoughts?


    Yes. Your title is wrong and misleading.

    This study shows how being out has none of the positive benefits if it's in a controlling environment:
    'It gets better,' but only if you're in a supportive environment, study findsIt turned out that the more that students were out, the less angry and depressed they were and the higher their self-esteem, but only if they were in supportive environments. In controlling environments, coming out was not associated with any of these benefits.


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    Oct 06, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    MNrunner2003 saidThat article has nothing to do with staying in the closet, so I am confused by your title.
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    Experiencing stress over how others will react to our sexuality is something all of us deal with, wether we are in the closet or not.


    ^This^
  • barriehomeboy

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    Oct 06, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    Oy vey. Why is psychology so confusing for people? If you fell one thing and act like you don't feel it, you get fucked up in the brain.
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    Oct 06, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    Brownale said
    wildtype87 said
    MNrunner2003 saidThat article has nothing to do with staying in the closet, so I am confused by your title. I'm guessing it has something to do with this.
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1850677/

    Experiencing stress over how others will react to our sexuality is something all of us deal with, wether we are in the closet or not.


    Took the words straight from my mouth.


    +2


    +3

    Title fail. icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 06, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    waimea saidGasp!

    Maybe I should put a pic up


    you should put a pic up, it would be nice to know how you looklikeicon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 06, 2011 5:21 AM GMT
    I suppose its true...I know that I'm not fully out cause for me, its the knowing choice I made to be so. If dying quicker...So be it..

    (awfully negative I am , but meh)
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    Oct 08, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidThere is a similar theory that the reason that blacks in the U.S. suffer from hypertension and other problems more than whites do is at least partly explained by constant anxiety resulting from racist attitudes. The theories may be correct.


    True, blacks suffer in the US from far more disorders, even schizophrenia, and it has effects on their physical health too, higher rates of diabetes, due to bad eating habits, due to negative stress etc