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Mental Health

LGBTQ+ people may experience rejection, isolation, discrimination, harassment, and violence which can be a factor in mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, suicide, and substance use and abuse.

In December of 1973 the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. In our interview, Kathy Clay describes how homosexuals were locked in mental institutions and medicated.

The first gay Alcoholics Anonymous group was the Pink Triangle group started by Jim Zipper at Lynn Hospital in 1985.


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I'd drive people to different detoxes,

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

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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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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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At that time they locked up homosexuals.

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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 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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