Survey: More Than Half of Gay Men Are Unhappy with Their Bodies!

While most would agree that body image issues are a big problem in the LGBT community, a new survey has highlighted just how significant they truly are.

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For its February Body Issue, Attitude magazine conducted an extensive survey of gay men to find out how happy they are with their bodies.

Of the 5,000 participants polled, more than half said they were unhappy with how they looked, with 84% reporting that they felt intense pressure to have a good body.

In response to the question “How happy would you say you are with your body?,” 49% said they were unhappy while an additional 10% said they were very unhappy. Even as 23% said they were happy with their bodies, only 1% of respondents reported feeling very happy.

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The numbers are staggering and though this specific survey only received responses from gay men, it speaks to a truth long felt among many in the queer community—our bodies are not good enough.