Even if you have never experienced discrimination or violence for your sexual or gender identity, the mere possibility of such still takes a toll on your well-being, according to a new study from the Williams Institute.
The study says that all the “homophobia, racism, and sexism” pervading our general culture creates real dangers and “micro-agressions,” minor and often intangible stressors that gradually tax a person’s mental and physical health:
participants describe homophobia, racism, and sexism as enduring and pervasive social forces that chronically and systematically exclude them from social institutions… Researchers need to pay greater attention than they have to date to describing these stressors and understanding their effects… such as not being able to walk down the street freely because of the fear of expressing affection to one’s intimate partner.
Does that mean we can start suing anti-gay groups like the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council for polluting the environment and ruining our health? That’d be awesome.
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