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  1. Robert
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    It is the disgusting conservative right-wing christian cult leaders like James Dobson, Franklin Graham, Mike Huckabee and other religious cults around the world who lie about Gay people to make money and build support for their scum bag lies!!!

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  2. Lee
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    this article should be used in countries that are ignorant to this information, but then, would they want to believe it instead of their religious books written over 2000 years ago ? Hmmm, but they have the technology of today and wouldn’t be without it, but when it comes to sexuality, so many still want to believe thousands of years ago writings? I wish there is some way this can become pubic knowledge and available for all but know there are governments and religious groups who don’t want the true facts as prefer to keep people ignorant so they can control them

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  3. Frank McMullan
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    3. Yes. Homosexuality isn’t the cause of economic problems, but the ways LGBTI people are treated has a real effect on the economy! Societies that embrace difference thrive economically in ways that those that don’t don’t. Here are two of the ways this is easiest to grasp: frightened people cannot contribute economically to their fullest; and there’s a huge economic downside – because disease spreads faster – when we make healthcare inaccessible to men who have sex with men. Hatred has a huge economic cost, to the detriment of all of society.

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    1. Derek Williams
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      ​This makes sense. The state invests heavily in the education, housing, feeding and clothing of young people, as do the parents. The net cost of raising a child to age 17 is anywhere between $US170,000 and $390,000 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_raising_a_child). No financial return by way of labour and taxes can be forthcoming until the child has reached 18, or older if a university education is embarked upon, and the young adult has thereafter commenced gainful employment.

      Discrimination against minorities costs the state significantly, in a number of ways:
      1. Zero labour and tax return to the state when the LGBT or other minority member suicides early in life, or is killed in a hate crime, without having had the cost of their upbringing recouped
      2. Reduced tax revenues if the minority member is permanently disabled by injuries from a hate crime, or leaves school prematurely to flee bullying by peers, and thus works below par, earning less and thus paying less tax into the exchequer
      3. Health and welfare costs including those of the NHS for those with concomitant mental health issues such as compensatory substance abuse, or unemployment benefit paid to those who have been disabled, or have been forced to leave school prematurely without any qualifications

      It’s relatively straightforward to measure this on the basis of known statistics, for example we can make a small case study out of LGBT youth made homeless by their parents. Out of America’s 2.6 million homeless youth, over 40% are LGBT, of which over 60% attempt suicide within the first year of homelessness. So we can apply a known average to the number of LGBT youth known to be homeless x their investment cost = 2,600,000 x 40% x $220,000 = $228.8 billion lost to unrecouped child rearing expenses.

      Now to tax revenues lost: average annual salary in the US is $50,000, of which a mean of 20% is tax = $10,000 per annum. Multiply that by 1,040,000 homeless (40% of 2,600,000), unemployed from LGBT youth alone, and there’s another $10.4 billion per annum not being earned in tax, totalling $416 billion in tax revenue lost from LGBT youth alone over what could have been a 40 year working life. Now, we need to add in the cost of healthcare and welfare from all these LGBT people who don’t earn for one reason or another either through suicide or injury and I think one could conservatively estimate the cost of anti-LGBT discrimination to exceed $700 billion approaching or even exceeding $1 trillion allowing for future inflation.

      Bear in mind I haven’t added in revenues lost from Sales Tax that would have been raised from LGBT spending, or the actual spending that LGBT will do with the other $40,000 per annum of what would have been their salaries over 40 years = $1.6 trillion, and that’s assuming no-one gets a pay rise in 40 years.

      These figures are just a small case study based on existing statistics of homeless LGBT youth in the USA. It is therefore manifestly not in any state’s fiscal best interests to allow members of minorities like LGBT to have their lives ruined or cut short. The same applies to children of gay parents who suffer bullying just as bad as gay kids do.

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  4. Derek Williams
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    These are all very important points. Also worth noting is that fact that the most prosperous countries on Earth are also the ones with the most stable and egalitarian governance and the most liberal laws for LGBT minorities, including same-sex marriage and full rights to housing and employment.

    If religious folk want to say God sends punishments, then explain why the most homophobic countries are the ones getting all the plagues, natural disasters and violent wars, along with corrupt and unstable governance? If God is punishing people, then it obviously has nothing to do with homosexuality, since the anti-gay people drown in floods along with the gay people, and wouldn’t an all-powerful god just rid the Earth of gays? Why drown the anti-gay people too?

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