Last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD released its first-ever study of housing market discrimination against same-sex couples. Conducted by Samantha Friedman, a sociologist at the University of Albany, the study used a series of paired email tests to determine whether landlords posting online ads for rental apartments treat heterosexual and same-sex couples differently. News outlets across the country picked up the historic study, reporting preferential treatment for heterosexual couples over gay male couples and lesbian couples. Writing in the Washington Blade , Chris Johnson reported :. The findings: same-sex couples face unequal treatment compared to straight couples when responding to online ads for rental units.
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Objectives: Recent studies suggest that lesbians and gay men are at higher risk for stress-sensitive psychiatric disorders than are heterosexual persons. We examined the possible role of perceived discrimination in generating that risk. Also assessed were 1-year prevalence of depressive, anxiety, and substance dependence disorders; current psychologic distress; and self-rated mental health. Results: Homosexual and bisexual individuals more frequently than heterosexual persons reported both lifetime and day-to-day experiences with discrimination. Perceived discrimination was positively associated with both harmful effects on quality of life and indicators of psychiatric morbidity in the total sample. Controlling for differences in discrimination experiences attenuated observed associations between psychiatric morbidity and sexual orientation.
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Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. The law was a fierce blow to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people in Burundi, who only in recent years, and in very small numbers, had begun to come out, organize, and demand that their rights be respected. When people take the time to try to understand, they become a bit more open-minded. Burundian LGBT people were devastated when in November , the National Assembly voted in favor of adding an article to the proposed new Criminal Code that would penalize same-sex relations between consenting adults.
In the past, homosexuality was considered an illness and open hostility towards gay people was the norm; seeing much of this gay stigma disappear may lead some to believe that gay discrimination is a thing of the past, but unfortunately, this is not the case. Homophobia is still alive and well in North America and is perpetuated by some laws, politicians, religions and individual ideologies. Moreover, gay discrimination and stigma still harms people, particularly youth, who identify as gay.