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Research Shows We Need ENDA Now December 4, 2009

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After you read this, please go to http://transequality.org/ and write to your representatives now.The Employment Non-Discrimination Act has been delayed in Congress. We need everyone to speak up. Tell them to ask Chairman Miller to end the delay now. Cite this research. Thank you.

This is the abstract from an upcoming publication. Let’s get to the bottom line. Researchers at Yale and Columbia University discovered that when states have anti-discrimination laws protecting lesbians, gays and bisexuals, LGB individuals are mentally healthier. As you read the brief amount of information below, you will notice something called P with a number. This is the probability that this result occurred by random chance. For example, a P value of .02 means that there is a 2% chance that the result is random, rather than correlating.

While this particular research does not refer to transgender persons in the abstracts (which I personally think is sad), transgender individuals face the same level of discrimination, if not worse.

AJPH First Look, published online ahead of print Oct 15, 2009
December 2009, Vol 99, No. 12 | American Journal of Public Health 2275-2281
© 2009 American Public Health Association
DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.153510

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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE

State-Level Policies and Psychiatric Morbidity In Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations

Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, MS, MPhil, Katherine M. Keyes, MPH and Deborah S. Hasin, PhD

Mark L. Hatzenbuehler is with the Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT. Katherine M. Keyes is with the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York. Deborah S. Hasin is with the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York; the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York; and the Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York.

Correspondence: Correspondence should be sent to Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, Department of Psychology, Yale University, PO Box 208205, New Haven, CT 06520 (mark.hatzenbuehler@yale.edu). Reprints can be ordered at http://www.ajph.org by clicking the “Reprints/Eprints” link.

Objectives. We investigated the modifying effect of state-level policies on the association between lesbian, gay, or bisexual status and the prevalence of psychiatric disorders.

Methods. Data were from wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), a nationally representative study of noninstitutionalized US adults (N = 34 653). States were coded for policies extending protections against hate crimes and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Results. Compared with living in states with policies extending protections, living in states without these policies predicted a significantly stronger association between lesbian, gay, or bisexual status and psychiatric disorders in the past 12 months, including generalized anxiety disorder (F = 3.87; df = 2; P = .02), post-traumatic stress disorder (F = 3.42; df = 2; P = .04), and dysthymia (F = 5.20; df = 2; P = .02). Living in states with policies that did not extend protections also predicted a stronger relation between lesbian, gay, or bisexual status and psychiatric comorbidity (F = 2.47; df = 2; P = .04).

Conclusions. State-level protective policies modify the effect of lesbian, gay, or bisexual status on psychiatric disorders. Policies that reduce discrimination against gays and lesbians are urgently needed to protect the health and well-being of this population.

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