Learn more about substance use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community members. LGBT community members may face discrimination and exclusion, and find that service providers don’t meet their needs. Open and caring communities can support all community members in their journey to wellness.
I’ve been giving awareness training on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities for Education Outreach Services at Qmunity, BC’s queer resource centre. I’ve led trainings for health care, social service and criminal justice workers, as well as students at colleges and universities.
In my 45 years of existence, sex between two men in Canada has gone from being a criminal offence and diagnosable mental illness to being an act that “consummates” a marriage recognized by society, government and some churches. Despite these legal, medical and social advances, the reality is that being gay and having a mental illness can result in delayed or inappropriate treatment. My story is a case in point.