A study published in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, February 20th, 2017 showed that since the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States in June 2015, teenage LGBT suicide attempts have been on the decline.
Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health’s researcher and lead author, Julia Raifman, found that this decline happened in states that passed same-sex marriage laws before it passed nationwide.
Over 700,000 public high school students participated in a survey. 230,000 of them said they were bisexual, lesbian, or gay. 29% of those teens admitted to attempting suicide. However, since the legalization of same-sex marriage, there has been a 14% decline in LGBT suicide attempts. That calculates 134,446 fewer people.
Laws that positively impact LGBT adults can influence the younger generation and give hope for their future. If you have an LGBT teenager who may be suicidal and is in need of help, please don’t hesitate to reach out.