Transphobia and Addiction

Transphobia refers to having irrational fear, negativity or hostility toward transgender individuals or transgender people as a whole. Transphobia is intolerance to gender diversity, and the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that comprise transphobia are incredibly dangerous because they can influence…

The Problems of Relying on Bars for Socializing

Dealing with homophobia and heterosexism during childhood and puberty often cause low self-esteem, internalized homophobia and other issues for LGBT individuals. Many LGBT individuals learn negative stereotypes and opinions of homosexuality before they become aware of their own sexuality, which…

Gay Men and Inhalant Use

Gay men may use inhalants such as poppers to relax or enhance sexual activity. Poppers are recreational drugs that may have a relaxing euphoric effect and may be common in some urban gay communities. Some common brand names for poppers…

Coping with Hate Messages

Hate messages are more than harmful words, especially when members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are attacked solely because of their sexual orientations. Well-publicized hate crimes, such as the murder of Matthew Shepard that led to…

Coming Out and Staying Sober

“Coming out” describes an individual’s disclosure of his or her sexual orientation and/or gender identity. People of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are often hesitant to openly come out and express their sexual identity, because it goes…

What Drugs Are Most Commonly Used by LGBT Individuals?

Substance abuse and addiction are considerably higher within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community than in the population at large. Addiction is a problem for LGBT individuals regardless of whether drug use is the result of the cultural…

Dealing with Discrimination without Drinking

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals face discrimination on a regular basis. The frustration of constantly having to deal with discrimination can be a powerful incentive to seek escape and comfort in alcohol. Prejudice and Alcohol Use It is…