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Harvard Finds Sexual Minority Youth Less Likely To Buckle Up Than Heterosexual Peers

Adolescent lesbians and bisexuals are less likely to use passenger safety belts than their heterosexual peers, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health research fellow Dr. Sari Reisner. Drawing from data gathered in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey which includes a measure of sexual orientation identity, the researchers found that sexual minority youth had increased odds of reporting seatbelt nonuse compared to heterosexual youth (48 percent higher for male bisexuals, 85 percent for lesbians, 46 percent for female bisexuals, and 51 percent for female youth unsure of their sexuality).