Lesbian, Gay And Bi Teens More Likely To Get Pregnant?!

A 2008 study out of the University of British Columbia found that Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual teens were significantly more likely to get pregnant than their heterosexual counterparts. The authors suggest a correlation between discrimination, harassment and sexual abuse suffered by LGB teens and sexually risky behaviour and earlier onset of sexual activity.

I guess what they’re trying to say is that LGB teens are essentially acting out sexually in reaction to being treated badly due to their orientation. They also imply that these teens who are engaging in risky sexual behaviour are doing so with opposite sex partners as a form of ‘camouflaging.’ What is meant by ‘camouflaging’ is the practice of having heterosexual sex so as to apear straight.

Many LGBTQ teens have to deal with emotional, verbal and/or physical abuse both at home and in their peer groups. A recent survey from the Human Rights Campaign claims that as many as 30 percent of LGBTQ middle school students report being assaulted physically. As many as a quarter of the respondents stated that “feeling excluded by their loved ones; being ‘out’ in general; and bullying were among their biggest problems in life.”

Thankfully the teen pregnancy rates and rates of risky sexual behaviour are down across the board but the concern is still that LGBTQ teens are much more likely to get pregnant and have unsafe sex than straight identified teens.

 

 

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