The Williams Institute News and Study

New Study of Midlife and Older Gay Men Links “Internalized Gay Ageism” with Depressive Symptoms

But a personal sense of “mattering” helps reduce its association with depressive symptoms.

“Internalized gay ageism,” or the sense that one may feel denigrated or depreciated because of aging in the context of a gay male identity, is associated with negative mental outcomes according to a new study published in Social Science & Medicine.

Prior research has shown that youth, vigor, and physical attractiveness are disproportionately valued in the gay male community, leaving many to experience a sense of “accelerated aging.” This study explores how ageism and homophobia are jointly internalized by gay men, whether these feelings affect their mental health, and whether a sense of “mattering” (the degree to which they feel they are important to others and a significant part of the world around them) offsets any mental health deficits associated with internalized gay ageism.

The lead author of the report is Richard G. Wight, Ph.D., a former Williams Institute Visiting Scholar and Researcher in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.  In addition to Wight, co-authors of the report are Allen J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., Professor at the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University; Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D., Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute; and Frederick A. Harig, doctoral student in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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6,800 LGBT Workers in North Dakota Are Vulnerable to Ongoing Employment Discrimination

Adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s existing non-discrimination law would not be costly or burdensome for the state to enforce.

Approximately 6,800 LGBT workers in North Dakota are not explicitly protected from discrimination under state or federal laws. Discrimination against LGBT employees has been documented in surveys, legislative testimony, the media, and in reports to community-based organizations. Many corporate employers and public opinion in Louisiana support protections for LGBT people in the workplace. If sexual orientation and gender identity were added to existing statewide non-discrimination laws, three more complaints would be filed in North Dakota each year.
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One thought on “The Williams Institute News and Study

  1. Despite numerous attempts and opportunities to join the 20th Century, much less the 21st Century, North Dakota still lags embarrassingly behind even the most recalcitrant States. If it were not for the now defunct oil boom, North Dakota, bless their hearts… would have nothing! (Oh yes… I forgot corporate farming!).


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