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Gay psychotherapist helping white gays deal with discrimination says they are becoming protected class

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

 

NEW YORK, April 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - A prominent psychotherapist today said that a growing number of whites in the LGBTQ community may incidentally reduce the power of those in protected groups as the community continues to strive for equal rights.

New York physiatrist Nick Fager told Redding News Review it is "true" the rise of white LGTBQ people will decrease other protected group coalitions.

"The group is getting very very small it seems," Fager told Redding News Review.

Fager was profiled in leading gay magazine "Out" for trying to foster better relationships between gay men due harmful emotional isolation discrimination that many whites often experience for the first time after going public with their sexuality.

Out magazine reported: "emotional isolation that Fager thinks is unique to the queer community. 'Generally speaking, most minorities have had people around them to prepare them for the discrimination they’re going to face,' he says. 'We typically don’t have that. We tend to keep everything inside and figure everything out ourselves, and that’s really bad for mental and medical health.'”

Fager, who cautioned against divisive identity politics, told Redding News Review that lots of "interesting research" is still being conducted in the area of if blacks getting the "prep for systemic racism" at birth possibly makes them better equipped at facing discrimination after coming out as gay.

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Statistics on how many whites who are actually in the LGBTQ community are not known, possibly given the stigma of being out and the classifications of gay versus bisexuality. It, however, has been reported that black and Latino men are more likely to identify as being gay, according to the most recent statistics.

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