Since the surge of gay suicides in the US, schools have been forced to confront the issue of anti-gay harassment and bullying. Unfortunately, gay rights is so contentious, politics have hijacked what is essentially a public health issue.
I previously blogged that the increased suicide risk seen in gay teens—homosexual teens are four times more likely to have attempted suicide in the last year than straight teens—begs for targeted mental health services. I also reminded everyone that homosexuality is not listed in the DSM as a mental illness. Gay teens are just people who need help. So why is this issue being debated by politically-motivated groups rather than health policy experts?