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Homosexual related legislation does not reduce suicidal intent in sexual minority groups

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7373.1176 (Published 16 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1176
  1. Robin M Mathy, clinical research fellow. (RM346@cam.ac.uk)
  1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School, 2450 Riverside Avenue, F282/2A, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

    EDITOR—Bagley and D'Augelli contend that suicidal behaviour in bisexual, gay, and lesbian youth is an international problem associated with homophobic legislation.1 Heretofore, no data existed to examine this. I recently found considerable variation in suicidal behaviour by sexual orientation cross culturally.2 I re-examined the data to determine whether variations in suicidal behaviour are associated with national legislation on homosexual (a) adoption, (b) military service, (c) employment, and (d) marriage or domestic partnership.

    A more detailed description of participants and methods can be found elsewhere. 3 4 Four English speaking countries were selected from the intercontinental study2 …

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