Newspaper Suggests Being Gay Is Unhealthy, And People Are Pissed
Australia's the Daily Telegraph newspaper has incited the wrath of the internet after appearing to suggest that being gay is a health concern.
In an infographic that serves to point out the ways in which young Australians neglect their health, one of the featured statistics states:
"16.8% of secondary students in Australia are attracted to people of the same sex as them or to both sexes."
The paper included the statistic on same-sex attraction along with data on alcohol and drug use, obesity, and psychological distress.
And as you might imagine, many people were furious to see that the paper had apparently implied that homosexuality is an unhealthy lifestyle choice.
Out in Perth has more:
The editor of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph has responded to the barrage of criticism over an info-graphic that appeared to list being same-sex attracted as a health risk being faced by NSW teenagers.
The newspaper’s editor Chris Dore said people had misinterpreted the info-graphic that declared that young people only had themselves to blame for their poor heath.
Speaking to the Australian LGBTI Media Centre, Dore said:
“The headline clearly referred to the health issue of obesity, as did the accompanying story, which focused on diet.
“The graphic that sat alongside the story took statistics from the NSW Government’s Youth Health Framework report 2017 to 2024, capturing a broader snapshot of the lives of our young people.” Dore responded to the centre when they raised concern about the report.
“It is a statistical picture of young people’s lives, from where they live to how they live.
“Unfortunately the presentation of the story has been misinterpreted.”
“The story in no way suggests, or intends to suggest, that same-sex relationships are unhealthy.”