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Gay 'Conversion Therapy' Often Begins at Home, With Devastating Consequences

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The new movie "Boy Erased"-- about a gay teen's ordeal when forced to attend a "conversion therapy" program -- is shining a spotlight on a treatment deemed bogus and harmful by most experts. And…

'Coming Out' May Protect Your Health

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Coming out to their families could reduce LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people's stress levels, a new study shows. The study included 58 LGBT adults, aged 18 to 35, who were asked about…

Gender 'Nonconformity' Takes Mental Toll on Teens

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American teens whose behavior, appearance or lifestyle do not conform to widely held views on what it is to be a "normal" male or female face a high risk for mental distress and drug abuse, new research…

LGBT Americans Typically Poorer Than Straight Peers: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- LGBT people in the United States are more likely than their straight counterparts to be poor, and this is especially true for women, a new study says. Wealth plays a key role in health and well-being,…

LGBQ Youth More Prone to Obesity

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of obesity and inactivity are higher among lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) youth than among their heterosexual peers, a new study reports. "Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning…

How Common Is Dementia Among LGBT Seniors?

SUNDAY, July 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Dementia strikes about one in 13 lesbian, gay or bisexual seniors in the United States, a new study finds. "Current estimates suggest that more than 200,000 sexual minorities in the U.S. are living…

Did Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Yield a Health Benefit?

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While the legalization of same-sex marriage improved gay men's chances of having both health insurance and access to health care, it didn't translate into better health, a new study suggests. "We…

Kids of Gay Parents Don't Struggle More Socially

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children of same-sex parents are not more likely to suffer behavioral or social problems, Italian researchers say. The new study included children, aged 3 to 11, of 195 gay or lesbian parents and 195…

AHA: Aging LGBT Seniors a 'Major Public Health Issue'

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- LGBT people of all ages have experienced health inequalities, but researchers have begun to delve into the consequences of a lifetime of that inequity -- and what happens to their health…

Many Parents Unsure of Talking About Sex With LGBT Kids

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens feel uneasy and uninformed when it comes to talking to them about sex and dating, a new study shows. The study included 44 parents…

AHA: Lesbian and Gay Adults Should Take Heed of Their Heart Health

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than heterosexuals to have poor cardiovascular health, according to preliminary findings from a new study. The study, presented Tuesday…