LGBTQ+ and Suicide Rates

43 Primary Sources


Review that shows that the vast majority of suicide victims have mental illness.

Nov 11, 2010

Commentary on risks of LGBT suicide contagion.

Jan 4, 2011

JH produces a large literature review of the research on suicidality and LGBTQ+ populations.

Apr 26, 2012

Statement that talks about lack of data on suicide rates for LGBT people.

Oct 9, 2012

JRH reports a study on Australian adults that found that that religious LGBs exhibited lower suicidality than their non-religious counterparts.

Apr 2013

Morten Frisch and Jacob Simonsen report on risk of suicide for same-sex married people relative to opposite-sex married people in Denmark.

Oct 1, 2013

AJO reports a study that found no relationship between mental health and participation in a non-affirming religion.


Study that finds that LDS LGBT have worse mental health than former LDS LGBT.


Literature review on the connection between drug addiction and suicidality.

Sep 15, 2015

Study showing that sexual minorities exhibit higher drug use.


ASR reports a study based on a large online survey that found that religious parenting was associated with suicidal thoughts (but not attempts) for LGBT youth and that leaving the religion was associated with suicide attempts.


Benjamin Knoll finds a correlation between percent LDS in a state and suicide rates.

Feb 16, 2016

PFS article that discusses speculation about post-November policy LGB suicide rates.

Feb 29, 2016

Review of research on severe mental illness in the LGBT community.

May 2016

American Journal Public Health presents a systematic review of suicidality by sexual minorities; surveys suggest 20% of sexual minorities have attempted suicide.

Aug 12, 2016

CDC combined results on sexual minority suicidality from various large government surveillance surveys.

Dec 2016

NCTE gives a summary of largest survey of trans-identified individuals to date.


Study that found that Utah LGB LDS report better mental health than non-LGB LDS.


Literature review of the effect of media on suicide contagion.


BJP gives a systematic review of the social science literature on suicide and sexual minority populations.


MAP provides guidelines for talking about LGBT suicide.


Stephan Cranney found similar levels of self-esteem between LGB current and former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


UoC resource that highlights LGBT homelessness.


Matthew H. Morton gives his report showing that LGBT people are disproportionately represented among the homeless.

Jun 14, 2018

Op-ed that discusses best practices for discussing suicidality.

Dec 9, 2018

Study that shows that homeless people have much higher suicide rates than other groups.


KAR conducted a study that shows that discrimination increases suicidality for LGB people.

Mar 9, 2019

LB, AHG, and STR connect LGB suicide to "perceived burdensomeness."


Study that found that same-sex attracted (not LGBQ-identified) LDS had similar levels of health as LGBQ identified LDS.


Study finds that former LDS gay men reported lower suicidality than LDS gay men; no difference was found for women.

Mar 18, 2020

A British Medical Journal article meta-analysis analyzed the literature on media reporting and suicide.

Aug 2020

ASC presents a study that did not find a "religion effect" for suicidality among LGB participants.


US Dept of Health & Human Services explains what suicide contagion is.


Lefevor, et. al. report their study that finds that former/inactive LGBT members exhibit similar suicidal ideation as active LGBT members.


CDC report that shows that gay men have higher STD rates.


The CDC discusses suicide risk factors.


Jame McGraw study shows lower suicidality among LDS LGBT than non-LDS LGBT.

Mar 2021

JK's study finds that religiosity was protective against suicidality for sexual minorities at BYU.

Apr 2021

GTL, et. al., produce a meta-analysis of the relationship between mental health and religiosity for LGBT individuals.

Apr 9, 2021

General Psychiatry review that shows that people with AIDS have higher suicide rates.

Jul 27, 2021

BYU study finds LGBQ LDS youth show lower suicidality than their non-LDS counterparts.


BYU study finds LGBQ LDS youth show lower suicidality than their non-LDS counterparts (online version.)

May 25, 2023

William Justin Dyer et al., publish an article that reviews studies on Latter-day Saints and mental health 2005-2022.