The report, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) earlier this week, is the first large-scale government data on the GLB population. The report found that while significant disparities between the gay and straight population exist with regard to specific health indicators, there is no general correlation between overall health and sexual orientation.
Straight people scored higher on general health and significantly higher on mental health. "It's really striking that (the health and wellbeing of gay people) is markedly lower than heterosexual people," professor Wilkins said. "You wouldn't have expected that in the sense that there's nothing inherent about sexual identity that should have direct implications for health and wellbeing."
Professor Wilkins said the data suggested social and institutional factors were driving the lower readings, citing discrimination and hostility towards same-sex attracted people. "I personally see this as an indictment on our society," he said.