The majority of gay and bisexual men have and maintain good mental health, even though research has shown that they are at greater risk for mental health problems. Like everyone else, the majority of gay and bisexual men are able to cope successfully if connected to the right resources. However, ongoing homophobia, stigma negative and usually unfair beliefs , and discrimination unfairly treating a person or group of people can have negative effects on your health. Research also shows that, compared to other men, gay and bisexual men have higher chances of having:. Gay and bisexual men may also face other health threats that usually happen along with mental health problems. These include more use of illegal drugs and a greater risk for suicide.
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Homosexuality is a Mental Disorder
Homosexuality can be called a mental disorder, rules Chinese court
By Hannah Sparks. March 2, pm Updated March 2, pm. Officially, homosexuality was decriminalized in China in , and ceased classification as a mental illness in — with the exception of homosexuals who are particularly tormented by their sexuality, according to the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders. In November, Xixi filed the appeal that just ruled against her.
Higher Risk of Mental Health Problems for Homosexuals
In , the American Psychiatric Association APA declared that homosexuality was not a disease simply by changing the word definition of sexual deviance in its own reference manual. It was a change that attracted a lot of attention at the time, but the story of what led up to that change is one that we hear today, from reporter Alix Spiegel. Alix's own grandfather was among these psychiatrists, and the president-elect of the APA at the time of the change. Alix Spiegel's story continues, with a man dressed in a Nixon mask called Dr.
In , Xixi had discovered a psychology textbook that described being gay as a mental disorder during her studies at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, reported the South China Morning Post. In , the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder following which China followed suit and decriminalised homosexuality in Two years later, in , China removed it from the official list of mental disorders. They argue that the book is perpetuating the belief that being gay was wrong and then, in , filed a case against the publisher asking it to remove the reference.