Thursday, September 12, 2013

Who is Happier, Rural or Urban Gays?

The results found living in large metro areas seems to negatively impact the health and well-being of gays and lesbians.

"For gay people, large cities tend to provide more social-networking opportunities, more social and institutional supports and more tolerant social climates," the study concludes. "Yet, they also typically have more noise, pollution, traffic, crime and ethnic conflict - stressors that tend to erode wellbeing. Other drawbacks of urban life may include high taxes, inferior public schools, substandard housing and a relatively high cost of living."

Researchers reached the conclusion that the quality of life experienced by rural or small-town gays often outweighs the challenges and threats associated with living in a large metropolitan area.

These findings contradict a research study conducted last year that concluded that conservative climates in rural and small town settings tend to negatively impact the health and well being of LGBTs.

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