Anti-gay discrimination and stigma may increase GLBT drug use
|March 13, 2012||Posted by BPSTherapy under All Topics, Gay and Lesbian Couples, GLBT, LGBT, Relationships, Therapy|
Facing undue stress in life can lead to many things. As a minority group, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) group faces great disparities in the United States and throughout the world. The way in which one copes with stress varies from individual to individual.
In the GLBT community, resources are sometimes limited and some research is indicating that anti-gay discrimination may actually increase the likelihood a gay or lesbian person will turn to drugs in times of anxiety and stress.
Some research indicates that as many as 20-30% of the GLBT population is actively abusing some sort of drug. In a research brief released by the Center for American Progress, some findings indicate the following:
“the stress that comes from daily battles with discrimination and stigma.”
“In order to lower these rates, our health care system needs to better meet the needs of gay and transgender people, and our government needs to advance public policies that promote equality for this population,”
Some ways to decrease the incidence of anti-gay discrimination and stigma include creating safe schools, communities, and legislation for the GLBT community. Educating the community at large can increase the comfort level of gay and lesbian people in the United States.
Programs that consider how discrimination and stigma impact people in their sexual development from an early age will also facilitate an increase in self-confidence in the GLBT community and a decrease in drug abuse as a coping mechanism. What can be done in your community?
Source: The Advocate