LGBTQI* People in Germany Face Staggering Health Disparities

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Text : Journal article
  • Kasprowski, David
  • Fischer, Mirjam
  • Chen, Xiao
  • Vries, Lisa de
  • Kroh, Martin
  • Kühne, Simon
  • Richter, David
  • Zindel, Zaza
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  • DIW Weekly Report
    11 (2021), 5/6, S. 42-50
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  • JEL:
    • Economics of Minorities, Races, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
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LGBTQI*; trans*; mental health; health disparities; social networks; family ties; friendship ties
  • Abstract

    Discrimination and rejection experienced by LGBTQI* people affect their mental health and, in the long term, their physical health as well. Survey data from the Socio-Economic Panel and Bielefeld University show that LGBTQI* people in Germany are affected by negative mental health outcomes three to four times more often than the rest of the population. Poor physical health that may be stress-related, such as heart disease, migraines, asthma, and chronic back pain, are also far more common. A person’s general well-being depends in part on their social environment. LGBTQI* people, and trans* people in particular, often feel lonely, which is cause for concern in view of increasing loneliness among most people during the coronavirus pandemic. The findings point to a marked health gradient, which should be addressed by measures including expanding queer safe spaces and by explicitly naming LGBTQI* hate crimes in the criminal code.

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