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Mental Health

LGBTQ+ people may experience rejection, isolation, discrimination, harassment, and violence. It was only in 1973 when the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). LGBTQ+ people can struggle with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, suicide, gender dysphoria and substance use and abuse. It's important to recognize that LGBTQ+ individuals are resilient and diverse, and not all individuals within the community will experience mental health issues. However, addressing the mental health needs of LGBTQ+ people requires understanding and addressing the unique stressors and challenges they face due to societal marginalization and discrimination. Providing affirming and accessible mental health care can help LGBTQ+ individuals thrive and lead fulfilling lives. The first gay Alcoholics Anonymous group was the Pink Triangle group started by Jim Zipper at Lynn Hospital in 1983.

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I started drinking around age fourteen.

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There were a lot of drugs back then.

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I drank at lunchtime.

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I stopped drinking after my anxiety attack.

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I did more drugs than drinking.

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Thank God. I'm not crazy.

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That that makes me feel a little bit more hopeful.

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I went to detox in ninety six.

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I grew up thinking there's something wrong with me.

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They died from suicide or hormones.

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First suicide attempt

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Suicide

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It was a sickness and they locked you up.

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I understand what you are going through.

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I'd drive people to different detoxes,

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We were drunk and doing coke every day.

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At that time they locked up homosexuals.

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I'm so grateful to know that I was not alone.

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They all kind of shattered your sense of security.

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Students were in deep pain about being lesbian or gay.

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I decided to try a different drug.

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LGBTQ+ substance use.

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Guilt- ridden over being gay

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I drank to escape the pain

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My drinking days are over.

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Getting sober

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Afraid my father was going to kill me.

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Consciousness raising

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