Bad news for some of our favorite Slog trolls:
A new study suggests that extreme homophobia could take an average of 2.5 years off of your lifespan. The study notes that “antigay prejudice was specifically associated with increased risk of cardiovascular-related causes of death,” meaning heart attacks and the like. The researchers, Mark L. Hatzenbuehler and Peter Muennig of Columbia University, and Anna Bellatorre of the University of Nebraska, didn’t find a specific answer as to why there appeared to be a causal link between really hating gays and dying early, but they hypothesized that stress had to something to do with it.
Another study found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people who live in anti-gay areas die twelve years earlier than queer people who live in sane places:
A new study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health has found that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) individuals living in areas with high levels of anti-gay prejudice live, on average, 12 years less than LGB individuals living in areas of low anti-gay prejudice. The study is the first of its kind to examine a link between mortality and and anti-gay prejudice.
It looks like my stock advice for gay people living in shitty, anti-gay parts of the country—"move"—was pretty sound.