The February issue of the American Journal of Public Health will feature a study that straight people who hold anti-gay views are more likely to die younger than those who don’t.
The prejudiced. Slated for an earlier exit.
Based on a sample of 20,226 respondents between 1988 and 2008, it concludes that those who were not prejudiced against gay people lived on average 2.5 years more than those who were. The research team, led by Mark L Hatzenbuehler of Columbia University wrote: ”Anti-gay prejudice is associated with elevated mortality risk among heterosexuals, over and above multiple established risk factors for mortality.”
Pro-gay protesters in Russia. They will live longer, hopefully.
Respondents answered four questions:
1. If some people in your community suggested that a book in favor of homosexuality should be taken out of your public library, would you favor removing this book, or not?
2. Should a man who admits that he is a homosexual be allowed to teach in a college or university, or not?
3. Suppose a man who admits that he is a homosexual wanted to make a speech in your community. Should he be allowed to speak, or not?
4. Do you think that sexual relations between two adults of the same sex is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all?
The bigotted. A candidate for an early heart attack. Let's not feel sorry for him.
The study found a “2.5-year life expectancy difference between prejudiced and unprejuduced individuals. Specifically, anti-gay prejudice was “associated with increased risk of cardiovascular-related causes of death.” Its authors speculated that anger, increased cardiac responses, and as a result hypertension (high blood-pressure), or heart disease could be to blame.
So, to reverse the headline, Lustralboy cautions: "Be gay prejudiced and die early!"
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