The American Journal of Public Health
released a study that demonstrates the insufficient reproductive
health and sexual health services provided to New York City teens of
various sexualities. A study conducted by Lisa Lindley of George
Mason University and Katrina Walsemann of the University of South
Carolina discovered that gay and bisexual teenagers are “twice as
likely to get pregnant than their heterosexual peers.”
Lindley and Walsemann reviewed three years of surveys by the Centers for Disease Control, ultimately studying 10,000 teenagers from New York City. Considering the developing identities of the surveyed teens, CDC recorded the youths' sexualities in two ways. It was first based on how the teenagers identified themselves, and it then documented their actual sexual behavior and practices. It is important to utilize both in analysis as there are numerous reasons why a young person's sexual identity and sexual behavior may not align.
all, sexuality is fluid, and some teens perhaps just don't identify
one way or the other yet. Moreover, as it is widely known, familial
and social pressures commonly force LGB teens to hide their
identities for acceptance and safety. Sexual assault, as well as
engaging in unwanted sexual activities only to keep up appearances of
heterosexuality, also create discrepancies between sexual identity
After Lindley's and Walsemann's research, they found that 14.3 percent of female teenagers and 10 percent of male teenagers had experienced a pregnancy during those three years. Within those percentages, “women who identified as a lesbian or bisexual, as well as women who didn't label themselves but did admit to male and female partners, were more likely to get pregnant.” Similarly, men who identified as gay or bisexual or who were sexually active with men and women also impregnated women more frequently.
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