Published by Radio New Zealand
A report says the gay community experiences disproportionately
high levels of suicide, depression and other health problems, but
is neglected by funders and policy-makers.
Research commissioned by Auckland District Health Board says
many of the health problems are due to minority stress, caused by
Report author Michael Stevens says the rate of suicide among
young gay men is five times higher than the general population.
Though the legal setting in New Zealand has improved for the gay
community, he says, social stigma and shame persist.
"These things have an impact on people's health. In the same way
that ethnicity and income levels can have an effect on people's
heath, so does being part of the rainbow community."
Mr Stevens says the Government's new suicide prevention strategy
doesn't even mention the gay community.
He says both the Government and health health organisations need
to make sure the gay community has equal and safe access to