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Suicide rates fall among gay youth but still outpace straight peers

Feb. 12, 2020, 1:46 PM UTCBy ReutersYouth suicide rates are dropping in the U.S., but the proportion of teens who have suicidal thoughts or make an attempt remains consistently higher among sexual minorities than among heterosexual young people, two new studies in Pediatrics suggest.One study looked at suicide rates among teens between 2009 and 2017 and found young people who didn’t identify as heterosexual were more than three times as likely as those who did to attempt suicide. A second study looked at this same connection from 1995 to 2017 and found suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts were all more common among sexual-minority youth.RelatedNBC OUTNBC OUTPuberty blockers linked to lower suicide risk for transgender people“Numerous s ...