This just in: a groundbreaking new study out of Stanford University has found that indoor tanning salons may be specifically targeting gay people. Not only that, but gay men exhibit higher rates of skin cancer. Researchers now wonder: Could there be a link?
The study looked at 10 major U.S. cities–Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Dallas, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., Portland, and Denver.
Researchers found that indoor tanning salons were twice as likely to be found within one mile of a gayborhood (defined as a neighborhood where 10% or more of households consist of same-sex male couples) than a regular, old neighborhood comprised of mostly straight people.
Coincidentally, or perhaps consequently, researchers also found that gay and bisexual men are more likely to develop skin cancer than their heterosexual counterparts.
Each year, indoor tanning is thought to cause over 460,000 cases of skin cancers in the general population. Compared with heterosexual men, gay and bisexual men are believed to be twice as likely to have skin cancer, and six times more likely to use a tanning bed over the course of their lives.
“If tanning facilities are available right next to your home,” Dr. Eleni Linos, professor of dermatology and epidemiology at Stanford University, concludes, “you’re probably more likely to use them.”
“This is a big deal, because LGBT communities already experience health disparities related to stigma and discrimination,” she tells Newsweek. “In addition, gay men have disproportionately higher rates of skin cancer.”
Researchers are careful note that its not clear if the indoor tanning industry is deliberately going after gay men, but, Linos says, “It’s definitely something I am very worried about.”
People on Twitter seem far less worried, however.
So gay men have no agency? If they see a tanning bed can they just not help themselves.
— scabbyjiz (@scabbyjiz) October 7, 2019
I have long suspected that tanning salons are fronts for homophobic hate groups attempting to grill gay men to death. https://t.co/HFsetJeYd9
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) October 7, 2019
Or could it be that gay men desire tanning salons therefore there exists more tanning salons to fill that desire and absolutely nothing sinister is afoot? https://t.co/azSMZljHle
— Kala the Not-So General (@pkelley9) October 7, 2019
Gay men could be opening tanning salons https://t.co/CuIA0i3Nuu
— Morgan Warstler (@morganwarstler) October 7, 2019
In other news, big-box retailers like Best Buy and Target are more likely to be found in suburban ares outside of large U.S. cities, and teenagers are more likely than any other demographic to be spotted hanging out at shopping malls.
On a more serious note, though: Skin cancer is no joke and everyone should exercise caution when it comes to UV ray exposure. So lather up, fellas!
Related: Gay Men Are More Prone To Skin Cancer Thanks To Fake Baking, Study Says
I’ve used them in the past but they are the worst for your skin. They have new ones that are suppose to screen out the burning rays so there is that.
Alternatively you could just not do tanning at all.
“Giving them cancer?” Come on bro. How about some personal responsibility? If you go to these places, you’re asking for it. How many times are we told too much sun causes cancer? Not to mention, it accelerates aging. Be proud in your own skin, or do sunless tanning. That simple.
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Sounds like a half baked study…
I know, I know. Anybody BUT ol’ Bob LaBlah but I just wanted you to know I found that funny and I agree. lol lol When I lived in NYC I once laughed so hard at two freakish looking young’uns who used to workout at the now closed Bally’s gym on 32nd street (they closed and unlike David Bartons’ gym some one else took it over) that I had to stay in a different part of the gym when they were there. The funny thing is I have overheard them say so many derogatory things about black and hispanic guys and only wondered had it occurred to them that to other people it seemed hard to believe they weren’t jealous of what came natural to those guys and what they were clearly trying to be or wished they were. lol lol
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Gays who are so vain and go to the tanning salon for outdated tanned looks deserve to get nasty skin cancer.
gay men also spend more time tanning on beaches than straight men do, and beaches are more likely to be near gayborhoods than heterohoods. the earth must be targeting gay men
seriously, if this is what constitutes a “groundbreaking study” these days, we are in even bigger trouble than I thought
The model they chose for the pic is a breath of fresh air I admit but overall the article made me laugh at how the very people who used those facilities come out and still can’t see how unnatural all of that tanning looks. Anyone remember that freakish looking woman in NJ who was too stupid to see she looked BURNED instead of tanned? Do a google search on “NJ tan mom” and see for yourself how idiotic people are with not accepting they are white and have to live with that fact. lol lol
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