Black Gays Less Crazy Than White Peers, Study Shows

A survey of 388 gays of various races shows that white and Latino queers have more mental issues than their more melanin-inclined counterparts:

According to a study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health among lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations, blacks and Latinos do not have more mental disorders than whites.

Based on the theory that stress related to prejudice would increase risk for mental disorders, researchers typically expect that black lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals face prejudice related to both racism and homophobia and therefore would have more disorders than their white counterparts.

Contrary to this expectation, however, the Mailman School study found that black lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals had significantly fewer disorders than white individuals. Latinos had a prevalence of disorders similar to whites.

The study, which will be published in next month’s American Journal of Public Health, also indicates that black and Latino gays have a higher prevalence of suicide attempts, but those attempts occurred during their youth, rather than during adulthood.