My fabulous friend Emily sent me this.
Interestingly, queer teens who are sexually active have higher rates of pregnancy than their straight peers. The researcher, Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc (who I can only assume is AWESOME) comments on why it’s hard to determine the cause:
There are a lot of different factors that help explain the pregnancy risk, and I really cannot say which one is the most common or more likely, because in part some of those questions are not asked on large population surveys. So we didn’t ask, what was your sex education like, or did you even have any. We don’t ask about how stigmatized do you feel as an LGB youth. We don’t ask why you got pregnant. So for a lot of those kinds of things, we can’t see how common those are. We’ve got ideas and plans of what we’d like to study. You know, how we’d like to answer those questions.
I especially like how she discusses the need to do further research on sexual violence.
For the record, I haven’t actually read the study. I’m going to try to find it and do a follow-up post.