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Do homosexuals have shorter lifespans?

The answer to this question varies with time and geography. Average lifespan of homosexuals has varied over recent decades, impacted significantly by developments in HIV/AIDS medication which have meant that infected individuals in the West now live much longer than they did for example in the 1980s.

Recent relevant data is difficult to find, and seems to be lacking. However, given the higher rates of HIV/AIDS and suicide etc in the homosexual communities, it is logical that homosexual lifespans would be shorter on average. And although some gay activists claim otherwise, there are indications that statistical data confirms the logic. One example is a 2009 study that found that Danish men and women in same-sex marriages had mortality rates that exceeded those of the general Danish population, even if only by a little (Frisch, M. & Brønnum-Hansen, H. (2009). Mortality Among Men and Women in Same-Sex Marriage: A National Cohort Study of 8333 DanesAmerican Journal of Public Health 99,(1)). Another is a 2013 report on the US CDC website, which states that groups such as “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults—within the older adult population continue to have higher levels of illness, disability, and premature death” (The State of Aging and Health in America 2013, p.11).

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8 Comments on “Do homosexuals have shorter lifespans?”

  1. Frisch and Brønnum-Hansen was a flawed study. They studied in a time frame when AIDS was in full swing and they later admit that after 1996 the mortality rate among gay men in same-sex marriages has been virtually equivalent to that of heterosexuals. Frisch and Brønnum-Hansen also took offense to those who tried to use their data to make the claims you’re doing here.

    • stasisonline says:

      I dont think statisticians are in broad agreement that the Frisch and Brønnum-Hansen study (2009) was floored? Whether AIDS was the cause or not, mortality levels were apparently high early in the early 1990s, so would have been a floor for a mortality study to not have reported that fact. Yes, the mortality rate between the two cohorts post 1996 is similar, as per my description that the difference between them is “little”, however the rates are not equal.
      Frisch and Brønnum-Hansen repudiated the conclusions of The Family Research Institute, who interpreted the findings as evidence that people who married heterosexually “outlived gays and lesbians by more than 20 years on average.”
      The report here:
      includes a subtitle “Flawed Claims of Major Excess Mortality”. Note that the subtitle is not simply disputing “excess mortality” that is evident in their findings, but rather the mistaken “major excess mortality” of several decades, as stated by the FRI.

      • I have to ask you, what was the point of this post? Are you using the study to confirm an already pre-existent judgment on homosexuality?

      • stasisonline says:

        The point of this post is the same as most of my posts on this blog. IE I hear a claim somewhere, and then when I look into it I find that it’s not valid, so I write about it. In this case, I heard a claim that homosexuals dont have shorter lives than heterosexuals.

  2. Why do I have a feeling you’ll only post on a topic when it puts homosexuality in a bad light and you’ll leave the subject alone when it doesn’t? Not that there’s any thing wrong with that, this is your blog after all, it’s just that it should be clear that you’re coming from a bias; you’re far from neutral.

    • stasisonline says:

      Yea youre right. But I feel that so much of the news media now has the opposite bias. IE they only print the positive spin on it, to the point where in this case they were even printing an untruth. To I feel like Im bringing balance to the wider societal discussion.
      But my allegiance does run in the opposite way sometimes, eg I recently came across a post elsewhere that implied that homosexuality and pedophillia are the same thing, and I challenged that. Ultimately Im campaigning for truth.

      • We both work for different ends. I feel, like you with the media, anti-gay “Christian” groups, anti-gay pulpits and anti-gay lay people are lying and telling half truths on homosexuality. I catch them in lies all the time and these people are the ones that are suppose to have Christ in their heart.

        You campaign for your truth, I’ll campaign for mine.

      • stasisonline says:

        I agree about the lies and half-truths. I apologise on their behalf, if that’s possible. I dont think they are always aware when they spread lies and half truths. Sometimes they hear something, and interpret it to line up with the Bible, so they spread it without bothering to check whether it’s accurate, because for them their priority is to promote views that they see as lining up with the Bible. But then, did your first comment to me contain half-truths? Im sure both sides are guilty at times. I encourage you to continue to try to point out the facts, as I also will do. I suspect that when it’s done with kindness, people can respond with open minds. The last time I did that (in response to a blog post that I felt was misleading) all I wrote was a URL of a webpage with an opposing point of view. Nothing nasty, just a contrasting view. I think contrasting points of view on this topic are likely to continue forever, but conducting civil dialogue is a choice. I hope you have a great day 🙂

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