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Here is the source material used for the episode of Witchy Wednesdays about gay rights, religion, and religious wankers. Watch the episode here.

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Research has shown that LGBTQ+ individuals experience higher rates of depression than heterosexual individuals. Here are some relevant statistics and studies:

  • According to a 2019 survey conducted by The Trevor Project, 39% of LGBTQ+ youth surveyed reported feeling "seriously considering" suicide in the past 12 months, with more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth reporting this.

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that LGBTQ+ individuals are nearly 3 times more likely to experience a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety disorder, than the general population.

  • A 2017 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that LGBTQ+ adults were twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience depression and anxiety disorders.

  • A 2019 systematic review and meta-analysis of 46 studies found that sexual minority individuals had significantly higher rates of depression compared to heterosexual individuals, with a higher prevalence among bisexual individuals compared to lesbian and gay individuals.

  • Another 2019 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that bisexual individuals had higher rates of depression compared to both heterosexual and lesbian/gay individuals.

  • Overall, these studies and statistics demonstrate the higher rates of depression and mental health issues experienced by LGBTQ+ individuals compared to heterosexual individuals.

According to a 2021 survey by the Pew Research Center, roughly one-third (31%) of U.S. adults identify as Evangelical Protestant, which is often associated with fundamentalist Christianity. Additionally, another 6% of adults identify as members of historically Black Protestant churches, which often hold more conservative theological views. This means that a significant portion of the U.S. population, roughly 37%, is affiliated with religious groups that may hold fundamentalist beliefs about gender roles and other social issues.

There has been a significant amount of research done on gender inequality within fundamentalist Christianity. Here are a few examples:

  • A study conducted by sociologist Mark Regnerus found that women who attend church more frequently are more likely to report feeling unappreciated and unsupported in their marriages than women who attend church less often. The study suggests that gender traditionalism within evangelical communities may contribute to these feelings of dissatisfaction.

  • In her book, "Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement," Kathryn Joyce investigates the extreme gender roles promoted within some fundamentalist Christian communities. These communities advocate for large families, with women expected to stay at home and have as many children as possible. Men are seen as the head of the household and have ultimate authority over their wives and children.

  • A study by Christine E. Gudorf and Juliet B. Schor found that conservative Christian communities tend to uphold traditional gender roles, with women expected to prioritize their roles as wives and mothers over any career aspirations they may have. The study also found that women in these communities may face pressure to conform to strict dress codes and modesty standards.

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