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Index of FAQ about Homosexuality

  

Are Homosexuals at Greater Risk of Domestic Violence?  /  Are Homosexuals at Greater Risk of Substance Abuse?  /  Are Homosexuals at Greater Risk of Eating Disorders?  /  Are Homosexuals at Greater Risk of Cancer?  /  Do Homosexuals Live Shorter Lives?


The homosexual lifestyle lends itself to a higher rate of non-sexually related harmful behavior. According to David Island and Patrick Letellier in their book Men Who Beat the Men Who Love Them: Battered Gay Men and Domestic Violence, “[T]he incidence of domestic violence among gay men is nearly double that in the heterosexual population.”1 Likewise, a study published in The Journal of Interpersonal Violence found that a third of the lesbians surveyed reported physical abuse from their partners.2

Regarding other areas of harmful behavior, Bill Muehlenberg wrote in his book Strained Relations:3

American research has found that 47 per cent of male homosexuals have a history of alcohol abuse (compared to 24 per cent of males generally), and 51 per cent have a history of drug abuse (compared to seven [per] cent of males generally). Thirty per cent of homosexuals—both male and female—are problem drinkers, as compared to 10 percent of the general population.

… Also, a study of 16,000 adolescents in America, as reported in the Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that lesbian and bi-sexual teenagers are more likely to smoke and are more vulnerable to cigarette marketing than their straight sisters. Almost 40 per cent of lesbians and bisexuals smoked, compared to just six per cent of heterosexual teenage girls. This finding is in keeping with previous studies on the subject.

In addition, according to the International Journal of Eating Disorders, homosexual men are at a greater risk of developing eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, than heterosexual men.

Also, researchers using data from the California Quality of Life Survey of 2,272 adults found that “gay men and bisexual and homosexually experienced heterosexual individuals had higher levels of psychological distress compared with exclusively heterosexual individuals”.

And a major recent study by the Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that older homosexual men and women “in California are more likely to suffer from chronic physical and mental health problems than their heterosexual counterparts”.

As a report in the New York Times put it:

Older gay and bisexual men—ages 50 to 70—reported higher rates of blood pressure, diabetes and physical disability than similar heterosexual men. Older gay and bisexual men also were 45 percent more likely to report psychological distress and 50 percent more likely to rate their health as fair or poor. In addition, one in five gay men in California was living with HIV infection, the researchers found.

And a recent study reported in the journal Cancer reported that homosexual men were twice as likely to have cancer as non-homosexual men. The study of more than 120,000 people in the state of California found that homosexual men were 1.9 times more likely to have cancer and were diagnosed with cancer 10 years earlier than other men. Said the study: “The greater cancer prevalence among gay men may be caused by a higher rate of anal cancer, as suggested by earlier studies that point to an excess risk of anal cancer.”

These harmful behaviors combined with the risk of sexually transmitted disease have significantly lowered the life expectancy of the average homosexual. According to a study in the International Journal of Epidemiology, “In a major Canadian centre, life expectancy at age 20 years for gay and bisexual men is 8 to 20 years less than for all men. If the same pattern of mortality were to continue, we estimate that nearly half of gay and bisexual men currently aged 20 years will not reach their 65th birthday. Under even the most liberal assumptions, gay and bisexual men in this urban centre are now experiencing a life expectancy similar to that experienced by all men in Canada in the year 1871.”4

Certainly it is appropriate to consider the homosexual lifestyle as something which is unique from the heterosexual lifestyle. Of course these statistics are not true of every homosexual individual, just as not every heterosexual individual fits into the average heterosexual lifestyle. Nevertheless, this is generally true of the whole. As such, this is a lifestyle which is not only morally deficient in God’s sight, but also physically dangerous. It is important that we realize this because the health and safety of our family members, friends, and co-workers is at stake. Even if we do not personally know anyone who self-identifies as homosexual, we ought to be troubled with the realization that the health and safety of other human beings is at stake. There is nothing loving or understanding about ignoring these facts when discussing the subject. When we as a society ignore these statistics, we turn our backs on the wellbeing of homosexuals. Likewise, on a personal level, when we ignore these statistics, we show our loved ones who are ensnared by this lifestyle that we do not adequately love them. Instead, it would seem that the most loving thing that one could do is to strongly discourage anyone from joining this lifestyle.

 


1. Muehlenberg, Strained Relations, 26.
2. Ibid.
3. Ibid, 20-22.
4. Ibid, 22.

Works Cited

1. Muehlenberg, Bill. Strained Relations: The Challenge of Homosexuality. Melbourne: Culture Watch Books, 2014.


 

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Author: Timothy Zebell, 2015