In the New York Capital District almost TWO PEOPLE PER WEEK kill themselves. We don't have specific statistics to indicate the number who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgendered, but we know that those of us who are, are at higher risk. Studies consistently show that we are at a higher lifetime risk for suicidal ideation and at a higher risk for suicide attempts. The statistics are staggering. An estimated 30% of youth who die by suicide identify as G, L, B, T, or Q. While 12% of men in the general male population report having made a suicide plan, the number is 21.3% for Gay and Bisexual men. And wheras 2.3% of 'straight' men report a prior suicide attempt, the number of Gay and Bisexual men reporting an attempt is 11.9%. [Paul et al. (2002)]
The problem is especially troublesome among teens. In addition to the usual stressors associated with growing up, LGBT youth must deal with the added emotional distress of stigmatization, victimization, and antigay hostility.
The following are some of the related factors that place Gay and Bisexual men at special risk:
For GLBTQ Youth, there are added factors:
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