Married Gay Men Live Longer, But Not Married Lesbians, Study Says

Written by scott on March 13th, 2013

A new study from Denmark has a surprising finding – not that married gay men longer – we’ve long known that married couples tend to have longer lives – but that married lesbians don’t. Queerty has the details:

A study published in The International Journal of Epidemiology claims the death rate among Danish men in same-sex partnerships has dropped significantly since the 1989, when Denmark became the first country in the world to legally recognize same-sex partnerships… Unfortunately, this marriage perk doesn’t seem to extend to women in same-sex partnerships–their death rate has actually increased in the last decade. “Lesbians may constitute a largely unnoticed high-risk population for suicide and breast cancer, so our findings call for efforts to identify the underlying factors responsible and ensure access to basic health care in this population,” says researcher Morten Frisch.

On the bright side, women usually outlive men, even if marriage doesn’t make that life even longer.


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