Nov 20, 2008

Stop the Presses: Homophobic Laws Make Us Feel Bad

Okay, I don't mean to make light, but don't we already know that we're really, really bummed out and angry about the various homophobic constitutional amendments that passed in this most recent election?

Still, it's good to have credible evidence that this is truly a significant psychological blow to lesbians and gay men and our families. Three different studies in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association, conclude that amendments denying the right to marry to same-sex couples have led to higher levesl of stress and anxiety among LGBT adults. Not only that, but it also bums out our families of origin, who sometimes identify so deeply with the experience of discrimination that they feel attacked as well. This is apparently called "secondary minority stress."

In all seriousness, these are very interesting studies. Check them out here (Marriage Amendments and Psychological Distress), here (GLBT Experience in Time of Anti-Gay Amendments), and here (Family Members' Experiences).

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