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    December 16, 2008

    Gay teens at higher pregnancy risk

    Posted by: Chris

    Pregnant_teen Yes, you read that right. File this one under... "Huh?"' Right next to "Gay Men who are Rabid Pro-Lifers"...

    Lesbian, gay and bisexual teenagers are at significantly higher risk for pregnancy during their teen years than their heterosexual peers, suggests a survey published Tuesday in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. …

    One of the reasons for higher pregnancy among sexual minority youth, say the report’s authors, is the stigma gay teens continue to face and the strategies they may engage in order to cope with that stigma.

    For example, in 1998 among the teenage girls surveyed, 7.3 per cent of lesbians and 10.6 per cent of girls who said they were bisexual reported pregnancy compared with 1.8 per cent of heterosexual girls.

    Among boys, the numbers were also higher that same year for gay teenagers, with 9.6 of gay males and 11.6 per cent of bisexual teen boys reporting involvement with a pregnancy, compared with 1.5 per cent of heterosexual young men.

    Pregnancy rates declined slightly overall in 2003, but remained much higher among gay and lesbian teens than heterosexual teens.

    (H/t: Rex Wockner)

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    1. Tim C on Dec 17, 2008 8:36:56 AM:

      With H.S.-age guys, it may have something to do with proving they're not gay by having sex with a girl. Probably something similar going on with the girls. And we all know how well those strategies work.

    1. Cassy, Turning Winds on Feb 9, 2011 12:58:30 PM:

      This is an interesting fact that should be taken seriously. Whatever sexual preferences a teen has, it is always important to give them correct sexual education. Parents or the school administrators shouldn't just leave these kids to explore sex just to learn about it from peers or prove to others they're straight. It is more important for these kids to learn the disadvantages of early pregnancy from those who have been there, so that they'd think twice in getting involved in that kind of situation.

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