Editorials

Suicidal behaviour in gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7250.1617 (Published 17 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1617

It's an international problem that is associated with homophobic legislation

  1. Christopher Bagley, professor (cb5@socsci.soton.ac.uk),
  2. Anthony R D'Augelli, professor (ard@psu.edu)
  1. Department of Social Work Studies, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ
  2. Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA

    There is now a bitter debate in the United Kingdom over the repeal of Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, which forbids the promotion of homosexuality. This debate should be enlightened by accumulating research on the development of sexual orientation in adolescence and the mental health consequences of growing up in a climate of homophobic intolerance.1 British research documenting the impact of homophobia has been corroborated by extensive research in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.24 …

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