Despite major improvements in recent years, members of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community continue to face social stigma, discrimination, and a slew of other challenges every day. Many members of the LGBTQ community continue to live a “closeted” life, hiding their sexual identity for fear of rejection or discrimination. Still others face harassment and the threat of violence. Keeping this secret, living a double life, and constantly looking over your shoulder takes its toll. While some have developed positive coping methods, many others turn to alcohol, drugs, and other risky behaviors as they try to mask their feelings.
Alcohol addiction in the LGBTQ community is a major problem. Here are some of the reasons why, and options for finding help.