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'The 'Global Closet' is Huge - Vast Majority of World's LGB Population Hide Orientation, YSPH 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 from all or most of the people in their lives, according to a new study by the Yale School of Public Health that could have major implications for global public health.

John Pachankis, Ph.D., associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health and Director of CIRA's Community Research and Implementation Core, co-authored the study with Richard Bränström, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and research affiliate at Yale. Their collaboration is a result of CIRA’s International Visiting Fellow Program which pairs CIRA scientists with an established international partner researcher or a desired partner researcher. Dr. Bränström was one of the international scholars who visited CIRA and Yale in 2016 (more information).

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Published: Monday, June 17, 2019