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Yale: Vast Majority of World’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Population Hide Orientation, Yale Public Health Study Finds

The vast majority of the world’s sexual minority population — an estimated 83 percent of those who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual — keep their orientation hidden, according to a new study by the Yale School of Public Health that could have major implications for global public health.

“Given rapidly increasing acceptance of sexual minorities in some countries, it might be easy to assume that most sexual minorities are out in 2019, but actually, most are probably not out,” said study co-author Dr. John Pachankis, associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health. Concealment is associated with depression and anxiety, substance abuse and susceptibility to infectious disease.

The study is believed to be the first attempt to quantify the size of the “global closet” in order to gauge its public health impact.

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