According to a new study reported in the American Journal of Public Health, gay and bisexual teens are nearly twice as likely to get someone pregnant as their straight peers.
It’s simple biology if you think about it. Except it isn’t.
The study seems to hinge heavily on the bi teens in the group, as ‘bisexual or gay’ is lumped together as a singular category.
Overall, about 13 percent of straight girls and 14 percent of girls who only had male sex partners had been pregnant, compared to 23 percent of lesbian or bisexual girls and 20 percent of girls who had both male and female sex partners.
About 10 percent of straight boys and those who only had female sexual partners had got someone pregnant, compared to about 29 percent of gay or bisexual males and about 38 percent of boys with female and male sex partners.
Even so, the results suggest an education gap among what researchers call “sexual minority students.” They point to stigma and discrimination, lack of support resources and fewer connections to family and school as some of the factors.
“The message for me is that these populations are often ignored or assumed to not need information or reproductive care or services and they absolutely do,” said Lisa Lindley, the study’s lead author from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.