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In a survey of gay men who recently arrived in New York City, suffered from anxiety or depression, abused drugs or alcohol or were having risky sex—or some combination of the three.
Despite all the talk of our “chosen families,” gay men have fewer close friends than straight people or gay women.
I’ve also been in and out of therapy more times than I’ve downloaded and deleted Grindr.
“Marriage equality and the changes in legal status were an improvement for some gay men,” says Christopher Stults, a researcher at New York University who studies the differences in mental health between gay and straight men. Like, we have this legal status, and yet there’s still something unfulfilled.” This feeling of emptiness, it turns out, is not just an American phenomenon.
The first time we met, three years ago, he asked me if I knew a good place to do Cross Fit.
It’s a question of them knowing if their lives are worth saving.” I’m not going to pretend to be objective about any of this.We’re twice as likely to have a major depressive episode.And just like the last epidemic we lived through, the trauma appears to be concentrated among men.As recently as my own adolescence, gay marriage was a distant aspiration, something newspapers still put in scare quotes.Now, it’s been enshrined in law by the Supreme Court.