Differences in sexual orientation disclosure across age groups in MSM Open Access
Wen, Wendy (Spring 2018)
Background: Society has evolved to become more progressive and accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals over the years. The recent United States Supreme Court decision ruling same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional represented an unprecedented acceptance of the LGBT community at a national level. Previous studies have examined stigma-related issues such as sexual orientation disclosure among LGBT individuals, but few studies have examined how disclosure differs across age groups. The present study sought to examine whether disclosure among MSM differed by age in the recent years of 2013-2016.
Methods: The present study utilized sexual orientation disclosure measures from the American Men’s Internet Survey (AMIS) data from survey years 2013-2016 and compared disclosure in MSM by age groups.
Results: Older MSM were overall less likely to disclose their sexual orientation. While older MSM were less likely to disclose to non-LGBT friends compared to younger MSM, younger MSM were less likely to disclose to family members and healthcare providers compared to older MSM.
Conclusions: The results demonstrate the importance of understanding how disclosure and stigma experiences differ within the LGBT community. Future studies that examine other stigma-related measures are needed to continue the improvement of initiatives aimed at reducing stigma and improving health outcomes in the LGBT community.
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