August 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm EST | by Staff reports
Empire State Pride releases LGBT health report
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Empire State Pride Agenda has released a report on health disparities faced by LGBT New Yorkers.

NEW YORK — Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide LGBT advocacy group, has released a report on health disparities faced by gay residents there, LGBT Weekly reported last week.

Reporting data collected by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the report found key health shortcomings related to safety and violence (nearly one in five lesbian and gay students have missed school because they felt unsafe in the last 30 days), weight issues (black LGBT youth have lower rates of physical activity than their white and straight counterparts), mental health (LGB youth are more likely to attempt suicide), smoking and asthma (almost half of LGB youth smoke compared to 17.1 percent of their straight counterparts), access to care (LGB adults in poverty are much less likely to access health care than their straight counterparts with similar limited resources) and more.

The full report is available online at

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