Gay But Not Happy : The Impact Of Media On Mental Health Essay

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Gay But Not Happy: The Impact of Queerness on Mental Health

Four years prior to his suicide, 16-year-old Bobby Griffith wrote in his diary: "I can 't let anyone find out that I 'm not straight. It would be so humiliating. My friends would hate me, I just know it. They might even want to beat me up. . . . I guess I 'm no good to anyone . . . not even God. Life is so cruel, and unfair. Sometimes I feel like disappearing from the face of this earth" (Miller 88). After realizing he was gay, largely due to societal attitudes and stigma, Bobby underwent an immense struggle to accept himself, and eventually succumbed to his hopelessness.
This tragic case, occurring in 1983, constitutes just one of the countless tragedies regarding LGB (lesbian, gay, and bisexual) mental health. Since then, there have been several research studies that indicate a correlation between queerness and mental illness (Cochran et al. 53, Meyer 685). The majority of these studies have been on queer American subjects, so that is the population for which we can draw scientific conclusions, and I will mainly cover ground in regards to people of that particular milieu. That said, regions that harbor similar social environments could be predicted to have similar effects on the mental wellbeing of queer folk abroad. (I will also exclude discussion of transgender mental health, which while concerning, cannot so easily be attributed to the same root causes and yields quite different effects, and is…

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