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LGBT communities + substance use

Same But Different

Health professionals who work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clients suggest that LGBT people use more of all substances than the general population.1-2 And, current research suggests that about 30% of the LGBT population abuse substances, while only about 12% of the rest of the population does.1-2

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LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people often face prejudice, discrimination and isolation. Now imagine the doubly stigmatizing effect of being LGBT and having a mental illness or substance use problem. These added stresses can lead, in part, to higher rates of mental health and substance use problems. But how do you talk about sexual orientation or gender with your service provider?  What happens when your service provider says that your sexual orientation or gender identity are the cause of your mental health problems? Through the words of our passionate and courageous writers, learn how others found wellness and resilience through supportive and loving families, spirituality and knowledgeable service providers. Join us as we explore the relationships between sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health and substance use.

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