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Gay Teens Get Pregnant More Than Straights Do

"Gay teens have higher pregnancy rates than their straight peers." That's the headline in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reporting on findings by a non-profit focused on teenage sexual health. How does that work, you ask?

In this context, "gay" is a catchall term encompassing the entire LGBTQ community. Oh yeah. We just keep tacking new letters on there. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and now the marvelously nebulous category of "questioning" all share the same treatment in these findings. So a girl who identifies as bixsexual, and gets pregnant by a boy, affects the numbers we're looking at.

Naturally, gay activists have jumped on the findings to further build their rhetorical victim status. From the Tribune:

Struggles with mental health, homelessness, substance abuse and sexual violence were described by pregnant youths interviewed by researchers for Rainbow Health Initiative.

The environment in schools or at home also can play a significant role, said John Azbill-Salisbury, director of programs at Minneapolis-based Rainbow Health Initiative.

“You know, if you’re being told all day long that how you think about yourself is wrong, or that it doesn’t fit into the environment that you’re in, that has a negative effect on all of those things, including risk behaviors that would lead to pregnancy,” he said.

Here's a much simpler explanation. If you're a teenager with a professed sexual orientation, it's probably because you're having sex. Indeed, the Tribune acknowledges this point on the next page, even while overlooking its significance.