Advocate Poll: Has recreational drug use become a rite of passage for gay men and lesbians? Yes = 38.3%, No = 51.3%, Undecided = 10.4%. - June 30, 1976: A legacy of drugs. - Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Use in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Communities (Australia, 2009). - Substance Abuse: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Two-spirit, Intersex and Queer (LGBTTTIQ, Canada). - Facts on Lesbian & Gay Substance Abuse (2000). - Gay people & drugs (West Midlands, UK). - Addictions and Homosexuality: Research problems. (Social Action Project) - Lesbian & Bisexual Women and Substance Abuse (PDF Download, Alternate Link). - Consumo de drogas y alcohol en la comunidad GLTB: Estudio de CIPAC revela que literalmente nos estamos matando (2004). - Harm Reduction: Let's Stand Up For Queer Youth. - Social Risk Factors Associated with Substance Abuse Among Gay and Lesbian Youth. - What Is a Gay Friendly Alcohol Rehab? -Alcoholism Is a Disease in the the Gay and Lesbian Population Too. - 3 new studies cite HIV risk of meth use (2007): Number of Clinic clients seeking help for club drug abuse on the rise. - Gay Youth Report Higher Rates Of Drug And Alcohol Use - University Of Pittsburgh Researchers Report Findings In Journal Addiction (Meta-Analysis, 2008). - Dependência Química e Diversidade Sexual (2010) [Chemical Dependency and Sexual Diversity.] Google Translation.Online Paper: Alcoholism and addiction in homosexuals: etiology, prevalence & treatment (1995). (PDF Download). - Real World Chris and Alcoholism in the Gay Community (2002). - Drugs Taint an Annual Round of Gay Revels (1998). - Stopping Stereotypes: Gays, Lesbians & Alcoholism (2009). - Stopping Stereotypes: Gays, lesbians: Problem Drinking and Alcoholism (2009, PDF Download). - WOMONSPACE Our Voice in the Lesbian Community - Substance Abuse. - The Latest Breakthroughs in Recovery from Addiction: A Report from the Twelfth Annual Gay and Lesbian Addiction Studies Conference (1997). - Why Health is Larger than You and I (1999): "Furthermore, AIDS is not the only serious health concern among young gay men, as I personally know several young guys who are gay or bisexual and who have had their lives and health negatively affected by drug abuse." - Drinking Motivations Among Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual College Students (2006). - Disclosure of Sexual Orientation and Subsequent Substance Use and Abuse Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths: Critical Role of Disclosure Reactions (2009).
1999 Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey: "Sexual minority youth (those who identified themselves as gay/lesbian/or bisexual and/or who had any same-sex sexual contact) had higher rates of drug use than their peers, including higher lifetime rates of using marijuana (70% vs. 49%), cocaine (29% vs. 9%), methamphetamines (30% vs. 7%), and injected drugs (18% vs. 2%)." - Effects of Life Stressors on Substance Use Among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth. - Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) and Transgender (LGBT) Substance Abuse Issues: Are Substance Abuse Issues: Are They at Higher Risk for They at Higher Risk for Substance Substance Abuse (PDF Download). - Alcohol & Seniors: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults. - Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Problems & Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Individuals (PDF Download) by NALGAP. - Use of crystal methamphetamine and other club drugs among high school students in Vancouver and Victoria (Canada, 2006, PDF, Reference Page): The 2.5% of students who identified themselves as gay or bisexual had significantly elevated risk of previous year use of MA (odds ratio [OR] 26.28), ecstasy (OR 3.29),and ketamine (OR 8.26).
SIECUS Fact Sheet: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth N/A (Alternate Link): "A study of public high school students in the ninth to twelfth grades in the 1995 Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance found: Gay, lesbian, and bisexual orientation was associated with an increased lifetime frequency of use of cocaine, crack, anabolic steroids, inhalants, “illegal,” and injectable drugs Gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth were more likely to report using tobacco, marijuana, and cocaine before 13 years of age. (Reference: R. Garofalo, R. Cameron Wolf, S. Kessel, et al., 1998, “The Association between Health Risk Behaviors and Sexual Orientation among a School-based Sample of Adolescents. Pediatrics, 101(5): 895-902.” PubMed Abstract. - “It’s One of the Better Drugs to Use”: Perceptions of Cocaine Use Among Gay and Bisexual Asian American Men (2010).
Teen Assessment Project Executive Summary For the Community of Dover: Teen Assessment Project (TAP) (PDF Download): ""gay” (3%)". - Gay Teens in Upstate New York: A Study [TAP] of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Health Risk Behaviors (2001): "They are much more likely to: have tried to kill themselves; not feel safe in school; have sex several times a week; and never use condoms. In addition, these teens reported that they were much more likely to experience unwanted touching and sexual intercourse both by another teen and by an adult. They also indicated that they are many more times likely to be hurt at home, hurt by another teen, adult, or by boy/girl friend."
Drugs in the Gay Scene (The Stonewall Generation) (Alternate Link): "Drugs were part and parcel of the San Francisco experience, as well as the baby-boomer experience nationwide in the '70s... Especially in the heavy leather bathhouses, towards the time that they got shut down, they were mostly drug dens. It was very conducive to the kinds of things people were doing, but there was a lot of drugs. I remember at Animals, you could literally go up to the person running at the desk and say, "Okay, what room is the person selling in tonight?" And he'd go, "Oh, well, there's a store set up in room 12."" - Poppers – the Sweet Smell of Hypocrisy: Despite the massive amount of public resources being ploughed into safer-sex messages targeting Crystal-Meth users, binge drinkers and participants in other more well know high risk sexual behaviours, alarming research carried out by the Medical Research Council and the Terrance Higgins Trust has recently declared that poppers appear to be “the only drug associated with an increased risk of acquiring HIV” and concluded “if you sniff poppers there’s an increased risk of HIV transmission if you have unprotected sex”. In 2007 the Terrance Higgins Trust also released findings of a major new study which discovered 80% of HIV positive men used poppers compared to 58% who remained negative. The connection between HIV and poppers is indisputable.
Just Can't Get Enough (2001): "When it comes to discussing drug and alcohol use among gay men and lesbians, it’s easy to simply focus on the sexy stories most widely reported by the mainstream media... One thing that’s extremely common in the homosexual experience, however, is that gay and lesbian bars and clubs are often among the first places young queers feel comfortable with their sexuality. "Look at the community. It revolves so much around bars and clubs," says Fitzsimmons. "When you’re coming out, your self-esteem might be shaky, and drugs or alcohol is a good way to calm down. But it’s very easy to slip into a situation where that becomes an addiction or that use puts the user at risk."" - Jane Likes Girls - Television movie 'The Truth About Jane' depicts a gay teen coming out: "Substance abuse, especially, can become an easy coping strategy; Jane, for example, at one point sneaks out of her house to drink her frustrations away." - Sex and Living: London’s gay scene in crisis (2007).
Drug Abuse in Gay Males. - Drug and alcohol abuse as part of many problems facing GLB youth. (A part of document: "Health Concerns of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community" 2nd Edition, 1997: PDF Download) - Related Statistics for Youth. - Opinion: "Don't get me wrong; I have no problems with the clubs in Buffalo. I like to go out sometimes myself. The problems I have are all the people who go out there to just get drunk and do drugs. Too many times lately I've seen my gay friends drown their sorrows in a bottle of their favorite alcohol or just get drugged up to forget things." - A Dialogue with John Preston: "...alcoholism and drug abuse are clearly out of control problems in the gay community, No one gets a handle, comes close to, or wants to deal with them. Socially, the urban gay world continues to revolve around bars." Suddenly, Everybody's Talking About Crystal and Sex: (Alternate Link) "I believe we gay men have always used drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with the issues of gay oppression: we drink or take drugs because life is difficult, dating is dangerous, and relationships are frightening. And the drug that is most popular now, back from the 70s, is crystal, used among gay men as a sexual enhancement."
Party On: (PDF Download N/A) (Alternate Link) The party scene... The dancing, the community, the drugs... Columnist Alan Ilagan gives us some perspective on the scene and his opinions of it. "From the giddy Ecstasy-driven heights of raving youngsters to the depths of those drowning in the dreaded K-hole, casual drug use on the gay scene may have deeper repercussions than a bad trip or a speed-induced freak-out. In one sense, drugs have become just another mask that we as gay men put on in order to hide our true selves. Even though many of us have come out of the closet, we still sometimes feel the need to hide ~ from pain, from possible rejection, from life itself. What better way to do it than in an altered state, where we can always lay claim to the excuse that "we weren’t our real selves"? Of course, there is another contingent which believes that drugs such as Ecstasy and alcohol enable them to reveal who they really are uninhibited and honest in a way that is often forbidden in society." (Other Articles. - Alan's Web Site). - Foul shot (1999): Steroid use by gay males. - Steroids and Club Drugs (2010). - Gay men, sex and drugs: Steroids (2007). - UK Gays and Lesbians more likely to use Steroids than heterosexuals (2010).
out of control: "For some sex addicts, sex alone isn't enough of
a high. They turn to crystal meth, a form of speed that doubles as an aphrodisiac.
Here is a snapshot of what that experience can be like..." - Crystal
Ball (2002): (Alternate Link) The party drug crystal meth is fueling a new epidemic of unsafe
sex - and, Ethan Brown reports, some experts fear the party's only just
begun. - The
sting (2000): Navy investigators seeking ecstasy dealing at Washington dance
clubs are accused of targeting gay sailors. Demon
Drugs (1999): "Danny Reese. He explored Ecstasy, nightlife, and sex as a part
of coming out, then left Vancouver's gay party scene after he decided his
drug use had become a problem." - Party Drug Use: - Overview. - Drugs, Doses & Effects. - Risks & Long-Term Effects. - Treatment & Prevention. - Party Drugs in Toronto's Gay Dance Club Scene: Issues for HIV Prevention for Gay Men (2004, PDF Download). - Gay men and the consequences of party drugs (Conference PPT, 2009).
The Queer Issue - The return of public sex (2002): "Insecurity has fueled the use of crystal meth and GHB. Both of these drugs, especially in combination, impart what Piel calls "that sense of erotic urges beyond your own control." Marathon sex sessions become uninhibited, athletic, passionate, transcendent—"better than any porno," says one 21-year-old tweaker. The rampant use of steroids, which are more readily available to gay men than ever before thanks to their potential to stave off AIDS wasting, adds to the feelings of power, sexual energy, and invulnerability. And as anyone who's seen a G fallout knows, drugs certainly inhibit the ability to negotiate safer sex." - Dutch to legalise gay sex in public park (2008). - On the beat: debate on public sex dividing the gay community (Australia, 2010). - Atlanta Police Chief Says Public Sex, Drugs Reason For Atlanta Bar Raid — Although None Were Found (2009). - Boston Cops Take on Vandalism, Assaults in Park... But ’Public Sex’ Makes the Headlines (2009). - Factors associated with sex in the context of methamphetamine use in different sexual venues among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (2010): For purposes of analysis, respondents were classified according to their preference of sexual venue: private (e.g., home), commercial (e.g., bathhouse), or public (e.g., public park or restroom).
New York City Department of Health Bureau of HIV Prevention Gay and Lesbian Health Report: Substance Abuse. (Alternate link) - GLB Youth And Drugs.- Of greater San Diego's 2.7 million people, approximately 10% are gay and lesbian. Of those, one third - 90,000 persons - are affected by alcoholism and/or drug abuse. - And Now, A Word From Your Mother.... Drug & Alcohol use and abuse in gay society N/A. - Sex for two days straight: Exploring the enduring appeal - and some of the risks - of ecstasy (1999). - Meth, Men, Myths: Increased Risk in the Gay Community N/A (1996). - In New York City, it is estimated that there are more than 300,000 of us who are having problems with alcohol and other drugs ...
Lesbians, Gays, and Alcoholism Treatment: Challenges to Recovery (Alternate Link). - Health
Concerns Among Gay Men (1998). - Correlations
between substance abuse and a history of violence among homosexual men
and women (1998). - Gays, Lesbians, Alcoholism Treatment. - A Safe Place for Recovering GLBTis. - Hi, my name is Mac and I am an Alcoholic:
"Due to the high incidence of alcoholism and drug addiction amongst
members of the gay community, I feel that I would like to share the
story of my own alcoholism and addiction. With it, I will also share
the story of the sometimes rocky road of recovery..." - Shift Peer Recovery Network: Supporting dynamic recovery paths by uniting our LGBTQ community to experience freedom through empowerment.
Institute, the nation's leader in providing addiction treatment for the
lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities, provides such an environment. - A
lifetime of lost weekends: Analysis / Programs targeting gay & lesbian
addicts help them keep clean (1999). - A drug rehab for the GLBT community. Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender
Recovery and Spirituality Sites on the Web. - Recovery
in the gay and lesbian community. - Gay Drug Rehab and Gay Alcohol Rehab Programs in Texas. - Drug Addiction and Alcoholism Treatment for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (GLBTQ) Population. - Options: Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Especially For Us. - Gay Drug Rehab Programs and Drug Rehab Programs; Is There a Difference? - Lesbian Alcohol Rehab Treatment. - LGBT Drug Rehab.
Soulforce: Drug Addiction, Loneliness, Self-Hatred, Guilt, and Fear:
- Substance Abuse in the Gay and Lesbian Community. - Getting Help For
Yourself or For Someone You Know. - A Wide Selection of Helpful Resources.
Gay/bi men & substance use (pt1. 1995). - Gay/bi men & substance use (pt2, 1995). - Lesbian Alcohol and Drug Support Group. - Living and Loving as a Clean and Sober Lesbian.ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Training): - Fact Sheet on Gay / Lesbian Substance Abuse N/A. - Gay/Lesbian Sensitivity Trainings for Substance Abuse Counselors N/A. - Drug Can Be Lethal If Taken With Alcohol N/A: "An increase in recreational use of gamma hydroxy butyrate, or GHB, among gay and bisexual men has resulted in an alarming rise in reported overdoses in recent weeks. Many of the dozen GHB overdoses reported in Ann Arbor and Ferndale were among gay and bisexual men." - Alcohol and Seniors: Alcohol Dependence and Misuse among Older Gay and Lesbian People (2006, Alternate Link). - Chicago Holds Forum on LGBT Substance Use Among Seniors (2006).
The APA Healthy Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students Project. - APA GLBT Publications & Resources. - Counseling & Treatment Issues: An Annotated Bibliography N/A.
Substance Use among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations (2000):
This session will investigate specific issues that are related to
substance use within the LGBT community, and will explore topics
relating to the assessment and delivery of substance use services to
LGBT populations. Structural and other barriers will be identified, and
recommendations will be outlined to improve access to service
deliver... Social identity and substance use in the lesbian community. - Risk and protective factors associated with substance use among gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents. - Substance use and high risk sexual behaviors among rural gay men. - Estimates of alcohol use and clinical treatment needs among homosexually active men and women in the U.S. population. - A challenge for managed care: Addressing addictive disease treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. - Lesbians, Gays, and Alcoholism Treatment: Challenges to Recovery.
Specialty Programs Impress Many at Facility for Drug Rehab in Florida (2007):
"After extensive research & experience in treating the GLBTQ
population, Lakeview’s medical staff began to see the impact
heterosexism, homophobia, prejudice and discrimination could have on
individuals. For this reason they developed Freedom Rings
a program for drug rehab in Florida based on the belief that the vast
majority of the GLBT community would derive greater benefit from a gay
friendly drug rehab program, one that incorporates quality drug
addiction treatment with “real world” interaction. Overall, for a
person to derive the greatest benefit out of a facility for drug rehab
in Florida, they must feel safe enough to be completely honest, secure
in not being judged and in an addiction treatment setting that
resembles the “real world”. For certain groups such as the Gay and
Latino community, this can prove extremely difficult in a drug rehab,
addiction treatment program or alcohol rehab that does not view sexual
preference and cultural differences as a priority..." - Lakeview
Health Systems Drug Rehab Center, Specializing in Gay Friendly
Addiction Treatment Programs, Launches New Comprehensive Website (2007).
NYC Alcoholism/Addiction and Gay-Related Link. - Prevline's Publications for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgendered Communities (Use Search). - Best Practices for Lesbian/Bisexual Women with Substance Use Disorders (2009). - Bridging the Gap: Alcohol Related Treatment and Lesbian Identified Persons (2010). - Lesbians’ Drinking Patterns: Beyond the Data (2003): Abstract.
Options Are Available For Substance Abuse (1999). - Why LGBT Treatment? - Help
for addicts (2001): "Aiming to provide better substance abuse treatment for
gay patients, the federal government in January issued a new guide to assist
in the development of culturally relevant rehabilitation programs for gays,
lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people." - Seattle's Drugs & Alcohol Resources.
Alcohol abuse and dependence in the gay and lesbian populations. - Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Problems & Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (Lgbt) Individuals.(PDF Download)
In July of 1979, the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Alcoholism Professionals - now the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals (NALGAP) - was formed to fight an epidemic: alcohol and other drug addiction in the gay and lesbian communities and homophobia in the alcoholism and drug addiction treatment fields. - NALGAP Web Site: "Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Problems & Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Individuals" provides an overview of of LGBT substance abuse issues (PDF) - LGBT Populations: Substance abuse statistics. - Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth / Adults [& Substance Abuse] N/A: "Research has found that gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans are at increased risk for alcohol and other drug problems. Although this audience comprises more than 10 percent of people at risk for problems, alcohol and other drug programs generally do not address their prevention needs."At the Pacific Research and Training Alliance N/A: "We established the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Technical Assistance Project in 1995, with additional funding from the California Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs. This project became one of the first programs in the country to offer training, program assessments, and information on the problems of substance abuse in the LGBT community. In 1998 the project expanded into tobacco education and research with additional county and state grants, and co-produced Practical Guidelines When Considering Tobacco, Alcohol and Pharmaceutical Funding. The year 2000 saw funding levels doubled and continued growth in the project." - The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Technical Assistance Project. - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender LGBT Substance Abuse (2002).
for Addiction and Mental Health: Gay Males, Lesbians, Bisexual People. - CAMH: Rainbow Services:
"provides counselling to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
transsexual people who are concerned about their use of drugs and
alcohol. Our services are available to individuals with a variety of
goals, including those who want to try to quit, cut down, or who would
just like to gain more awareness about their drinking or drug use. Our
programs are specialized to take into account the unique needs and
issues that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual people
face..." - Substance
Use: Issues to consider for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered,
transsexual, two-spirit, intersex and queer communities.
From Prevline: Resource Guide: Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transgender Populations.N/A. - A Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Individuals (PDF Download) (Related Information). - Celebrating the Pride and Diversity Among and Within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations: Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Issues N/A. - 5 Key Facts N/A. - Prevention Primer: Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Youth/Adults N/A SAMHSA. "...alcohol and other drug programs generally do not address their prevention needs. "Proceedings, The Research Symposium on Alcohol and Other Drug Problem Prevention Among Lesbians and Gay Men. California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (1991). - Prevention Resources N/A. - Treatment & Recovery Resources N/A. - Club Drug Scene Quiz N/A. NOTE: Fed LGBT website erased by Bush drone (Posted by Sheelzebub January 23, 2006 in Bush Admin): "Reader Andy of Eleventh Avenue South shot me an email to answer the question that I posed in an earlier post, How long before a Bush drone puts a stop to this? The answer is 12 days, friends. That’s how long it takes for a Bushie to scrub a government web site of gay-positive content. The URL: http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/features/lgbt/ used to go to the “Celebrating the Pride and Diversity Among and Within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations” section (Google cache of the yanked page here) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s web site. Surfing there today, you receive the following message..." - SAMHSA Move Against Gay References Sparks Outcry. - Deleted Webpages from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (N/A, Related). - Substance Abuse: Prevention & Treatment Issues N/A. - Specialized Treatment Programs Sparse for Gay and Lesbian Clients, SAMHSA Says (2010).
Queer Youth: "Life on
the streets may involve the use and/or abuse of alcohol and drugs, criminal
activity, survival prostitution, violence, dropping out of school, and
exposure to HIV and other infections. Durby states that drug use 'is almost
routine among homeless youth.'" - Street
of Broken Dreams: "What led you to start tricking? D: Drugs. I didn't
know how to support my drug habit, and I didn't want to steal money from
my family, so I came to the boulevard. David, so you do it for the drugs?
Are most of the hustlers doing it for the drugs? D: Yeah, most of them
are. The ones that are not doing it for the drugs are the lucky ones. They
can get out quicker..." - Young, homeless, gay and on meth (2007). - Advocacy groups call for action on homeless gay youths (2007):
" Once homeless, the report says, these young people are more
vulnerable than their peers to mental health problems, substance abuse,
and sexually transmitted diseases. The report's lead author, NGLTF
policy analyst Nicholas Ray, said about one third of homeless gay
youths engage in ''survival sex''—exchanging sex for money, food,
clothes, or drugs." - Homeless Queer Youth (2006): PDF Download.
Health Concerns of the Transgender Community: "Many members of the transgender/transsexual community rely on prostitution as one of the few available work options. As the evidence from interviews and observations suggests, this is particularly a risk for transgenders who come from low income and minority communities. Transgenders who are involved in sex industry work are especially at risk for alcohol and intravenous drug abuse... Both alcohol and drug use, often rooted in feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, are common in the transgender community as a whole, not just among sex industry workers. Drugs used by transgenders include crack and heroin; methods of use include snorting, free-basing, and injecting. Although accurate statistics on drug and alcohol use are scarce, there is substantial evidence in the published literature and from interviews in Boston that such use is widespread and significant. A study of transgender prostitutes in two areas of Atlanta, Georgia found the rate of crack use to be 71% and 56.3% respectively. The MDPH/GISST study estimated that at least 80% of Boston's transgender population has a drug and/or alcohol problem."
Gender Identity 101: A Transgender Primer.(Alternate Link) "As with the general population, transgender persons of color are more likely to be economically disadvantaged and face disproportionately higher rates of victimization, unemployment, substance abuse, HIV infection, prostitution, and other difficulties. Transgender persons of color also report a loss of community identity when their gender identity becomes known. In African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, or Latin American contexts, for example, heterosexual males and females commonly stereotype gay males and lesbians as no longer a part of their ethnic community because they assume that all people of color are or should be heterosexual. This ostracism carries over to transgender individuals (Source: Israel & Tarver, 1997). " - Building culturally sensitive substance use prevention and treatment programs for transgendered populations (2000). - Engaging Transgender Substance Users in Substance Use Treatment (2006). - Healthy People 2020 Transgender Health Fact Sheet (2010).
abuse counsellor's attitudes regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered
clients (2000). "242 substance
abuse counselors in Iowa completed mail-in questionnaires... The counselors
reported very little formal education regarding the needs of these clients,
and nearly half had negative or ambivalent attitudes. Respondents had the
greatest negativity regarding transgendered clients and reported
knowing the least about this group. Counselors frequently lacked knowledge
about the legal issues of these clients, the concepts of domestic partnership
and internalized homophobia, and family issues." - GLB
Issues; What you need to know (APA). - Treating substance abuse in sexual minorities: Providing appropriate services (2007, PPT).
Launch of Healthy People 2020, USA (2010): Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health:
Goal - Improve the health, safety, and well-being of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. - Overview - LGBT
individuals encompass all races and ethnicities, religions, and social
classes. Sexual orientation and gender identity questions are not asked
on most national or State surveys, making it difficult to estimate the
number of LGBT individuals and their health needs. Research suggests
that LGBT individuals face health disparities linked to societal
stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights.
Discrimination against LGBT persons has been associated with high rates
of psychiatric disorders,1 substance abuse,2, 3 and suicide.4
Experiences of violence and victimization are frequent for LGBT
individuals, and have long-lasting effects on the individual and the
community.5 Personal, family, and social acceptance of
sexual orientation and gender identity affects the mental health and
personal safety of LGBT individuals.6.
Temoshok LR, Wald RL (2008). Integrating multidimensional HIV prevention programs into healthcare settings. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70(5): 612-9. PDF
Download. Abstract. "HIV risk behaviors are much more common among persons with mental illness (68–73) and active substance abusers (74–79). Additionally, increased levels of transmission risk behaviors are found among individuals with severe social needs, such as homelessness (68,80), domestic and/or intimate partner violence (81–83), and juvenile delinquency (78). These findings suggest that, rather than conceiving of HIV transmission risk as a specific behavioral problem requiring narrowly targeted services, it is important to recognize the role of a broad range of social, psychological, and medical services in promoting and enhancing HIV secondary prevention. Importantly, receiving treatment for mental illness was found to reduce transmission risk behaviors in active drug users (84). Housing programs, social work services, and general mental health care may all indirectly reduce transmission risk behaviors among HIV-positive individuals; thus, they represent critical components of HIV primary care."
Alcoholism & Addiction in the Gay Community
(2008): For more than 25 years, conventional wisdom has held that
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are much
more likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs than are their
heterosexual counterparts. But recent efforts to clarify and quantify
the prevalence of drug and alcohol use within the LGBT community have
cast doubt on the veracity of this long-held belief. There is little
argument that individuals in some subcategories of the LGBT community
are at higher risk for abusing certain substances. For example, the
early 2000s saw a dramatic spike in crystal meth use among sexually
active gay men. But the tenet that all LGBT persons are at
significantly greater likelihood of abusing alcohol or other drugs has
come under increased scrutiny in recent years....
meth is an intensive stimulant with disinhibitory qualities (2007): "Once
very big amongst some of the US gay community but now spreading fast into
mainstream culture, meth was originally used by bikers and truckers to
stay awake on long journeys." - Crystal Meth in New York: A Serious Problem for the Gay Community (2010). - Crystal
Meth & Sex: What's love got to do with it? - tweaker.org:
"This website contains information for gay and bisexual men who use methamphetamine.
We in no way promote or encourage the use of this controlled substance.
Instead, we seek to help individuals minimize the harms associated with
use of methamphetamine. Because of our harm reduction goals, some language
and imagery may not be suitable for individuals under 18 years of age." - GLMA Report Finds Meth Addiction Among Gay and Bisexual Men is Treatable (2006). - The trouble with Tina (2003): Experts say crystal meth is worst ‘club drug’ addiction to kick. - Meth group's Degan praised by national treatment center (2008). - The New Plague: An Epidemic Swallowing Gay America (2002, Alternate Link). - Crystal addict must hit bottom first: experts - Patience advised for family, friends often manipulated by meth abusers (2003).
CRISSY Campaign. Make Room for the New Girl in Town - CRISSY has Arrived! New STOP AIDS Project campaign talks about the relationship between sex, crystal meth (speed) and HIV (1997). - Who's that girl? Crissy is the new meth in your neighborhood (1997). - Making Everything Crystal Clear. - Tina Rules (1997): "Easy as it may be to say that crystal is a problem that belongs solely to the circuit crowd, it's actually far more insidious and is used by gays of all socio-economic levels." - From the LGBT Health Channel: Party Drug Use (2001). - crystalneon.org: "This website contains information for gay and bisexual men who use methamphetamine." - crystalneon.org's resources. - Is L.A.'s gay community suffering a crystal epidemic? It depends on who you ask (1999). - Crystal Meth and the Gay Community (2006). - The Gay Community's New Epidemic (2001): "the epidemic of drug use in the gay clubs. The use of the drugs is so tied to the place they are consumed that they have been nicknamed "club drugs." Among the favorites are crystal, GHB, ketamine and ecstasy." - Methamphetamine and HIV (2004). - Unknown odds: Mixing party drugs & HIV cocktails (1999).
Singing Through the Silence of Crystal Meth Addiction (2009). - Life or Meth. - The
AIDS epidemic is soaring in the gay community, blamed this time on drug
abuse. Crystal meth is behind the rise in HIV infection. - Crystal Meth, HIV and the Gay Community (2004). - Crystal meth threat growing: Gays' use in N.E. fueling HIV fears (2005). - Speed Nation: Methamphetamine, HIV and Hepatitis (2005). .- Crystal Meth and HIV/AIDS: The Perfect Storm? (2007) - Back
from the brink: crystal meth has destroyed the lives of countless gay
men. Yet the courageous survivors are fighting to stay clean and start
new lives (2005).
Drugs and Alcohol: Use or Chemical Dependence? (1997) - Risky Business (2006). - Party drug use (2001). - Club Drugs (2004). (Alternate Link)- Worrying About the Dark Side of 'Circuit Parties'. - Circuit party planners meet to discuss unsafe sex, drugs (1997). - As New Years' weekend approarches... (1998): "Gay City is concerned about how little information is available to gay and bisexual men on the risks associated with the combination of certain common club drugs. To respond to this problem, Gay City is launching a new media campaign to address the use of recreational drugs among Seattle's gay and bisexual men." - Gay City urges Gay and Bisexual men to party smart for New Year’s Eve (2000): "'Obviously the most healthy choice is for people not to use party drugs,' said John Leonard, Gay City executive director. 'But for many in the Gay community, drug use is a big part of our culture.' - Why? "It was about 4:00am, January 1, 1990. I was reeking of alcohol..." - The Alcohol and Drug Wildcard: Substance Use and Psychiatric Problems in People with HIV (2000).
GLMA N/A (1999): methamphetamine use has been a particularly destructive problem for members of our community for quite some time. An analysis of 2,300 "speed" clients seen by providers of direct drug treatment services in San Francisco in 1994-95 demonstrated that 39 percent of them were LGBT and 37 percent were HIV positive. - Celebrating Difference? Recreational Drug Use in Manchester's "Gay Village (2000)." - Westside / Cover Story, Positively Risky; Sex-Enhancing Drug May Expose New Generation of Gay Men to AIDS (1995). - Ninety Gay Minutes in the Life of Rufus Wainwright (2007): ...And perhaps most notably, he's a gay musician who is utterly frank about his sexuality, his troubled past, and his opinions. And yes, people still buy his records... Many celebrities wouldn't hold up to – let alone stand for – an unfiltered look at the ins and outs of their professional and private lives. But Wainwright has been an uncommonly candid figure since the beginning, speaking publicly about both family struggles (his parents' divorce; his issues with his father) and his battles with drug addiction, both of which also became catalysts in his songwriting..." - Relations lesbiennes et beaucoup de drogue pour Lindsay Lohan N/A (Related).
Meth Use Among Gay Men Decreasing; Other Drug Use Holding Steady (2007). - The Gay Community's New Epidemic N/A: "the epidemic of drug use in the gay clubs. The use of the drugs is so tied to the place they are consumed that they have been nicknamed "club drugs." Among the favorites are crystal, GHB, ketamine and ecstasy." The ABC’s of X K & G: "The drug 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), most fondly known as ecstasy, XTC, X, or Adam, is one of many designer drugs who's use runs rampant in the gay community. Ecstasy is a type of amphetamine (speed) and shares properties of both amphetamines and hallucinogens. The increasing use of ecstasy is related to an undeserved reputation for safety, affordability, and the effects of benevolence and emotional bonding that ensues. Touted as a drug that enhances sexual libido, more accurate accounts describe sensations of "loving everything and everyone around you", and enhancing empathy, introspection, and communication." - New Data Reveals Shifting NYC Meth Demographic (2010): Almost a decade later, the attention once focused on meth in the gay population of New York City has greatly diminished. Some would have us believe that this is because the drug is no longer abused, and that their peers have ostracized those few who are still using the drug. The latter may be true and likely the result of effective media campaigns, but this remains an area of speculation without the evaluation research to support it. The former is completely false. A stroll of any Internet site geared at sexual hook-ups will prove quite the contrary, especially as the clock approaches midnight and the night turns into day.So why have we stopped paying attention to the meth problem? .
Healthy and Gay (2001): In this, the last of our "Party People" series, I wanted to wrap up and draw some closure to the topic of party drugs before moving on to discuss other gay related health issues. Over the past three months we have focused primarily on the three "newest" of the popular party drugs. It is important to remember that these are certainly NOT the only drugs on the scene. Reports show that in the gay community use of ecstasy, special K, and GHB is higher than ever; but our community is also still frequently using drugs like cocaine, crystal meth, LSD ("acid"), rohypnol ("roofies"), Viagra, and poppers." - Risky sex, drugs: circuit party norms? - Dangerous Liaison: Club Drug Use and HIV/AIDS (2002). - Gay Men May Take Health Risks At 'Circuit Parties' (2001): "He and his colleagues surveyed nearly 300 gay and bisexual men in the San Francisco area... Most of the men reported using at least one recreational drug when attending an out-of-town circuit party, Colfax and his colleagues report, with 80% taking Ecstasy, 66% taking ketamine, 43% crystal methamphetamines, 29% the so-called 'liquid Ecstasy' GHB, 14% taking the impotence drug Viagra, and 12% taking amyl nitrates, also known as 'poppers.' (Related 2001 Research Paper) - Rise in Viagra Abuse Spells Trouble: Gay men mixing erectile drug with illegal substances, health officials say. - Viagra Use Among American Gay Men Cause for Concern (2002).
and Viagra heady, deadly combo (2001): "The study also confirmed the experts'
suspicions -- the connection between gay men, Viagra, combination drugs
and unsafe sex. While most experts agree that the popper/Viagra combination
is dangerous and lends to unsafe sexual environments, it is not usually
lethal. Still, the link between Viagra and illicit drugs has sparked other
studies since the 1999 circuit party study." - Gay
Community Meets to Discuss Viagra Danger N/A: "Viagra is said to counteract
temporary impotency induced by the use of cocaine, methamphetamine (crystal),
ketamine (special k), and other illegal substances such as ecstacy." -
mixed up N/A (Google): "Viagra, ecstasy, crystal, ketamine, and poppers each has
its own dangerous effects. But taken together, they create drug combinations
that can kill." - Drug
& Alcohol Facts. - Rapid Review Response – Impact of Methamphetamine and Poppers on Sexual Risk Taking (2009).
Club Drug Use and Dependence Among Young Adults Recruited Through Time-Space Sampling (2009, New York, Full Text).
Though participants reported using an array of club drugs, almost all
participants (90.0%) were cocaine users. Although there were several
sexual orientation and gender differences in recent drug exposure,
patterns of use (measured in days) were fairly similar across gender,
sexual orientation, and age. Finally, a majority of individuals (58.5%)
met or exceeded criteria for club drug dependence, with most (61.7%)
indicating cocaine was the one drug causing them significant problems.
Club Drug Use in Los Angeles Among Young Men Who Have Sex With Men (2007, Full Text).
Little is known about young men who have sex with men's use of club
drugs and the risk factors associated with such use. A structured
survey was administered in 2005 to 496 young men who were 18-22 years
old (40% were 18-19 years old); self-identified as with a same-sex
sexuality (83%), bisexual (16%), and/or had had sex with a man (97%);
Caucasian (35%), African American (24%), and Latino of Mexican descent
(40%). Subjects were recruited from gay-identified venues in Los
Angeles... Regression analyses revealed risk factors associated with
recent club drug use, including place of residence, religiosity,
disclosure of sexuality to family, frequency of attendance at
bars/clubs, and involvement in sexual exchange and street economy.
Sexual marathons and methamphetamine use among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (2009, Full Text).
A sexual marathon is defined as prolonged sexual activity over hours
and even days. This exploratory study examined the phenomenon of sexual
marathons in a sample of 341 HIV-positive methamphetamine-using men who
have sex with men (MSM) in San Diego, CA. Eighty-four percent of the
sample reported engaging in marathon sex while high on
methamphetamine... Men who engaged in marathon sex used significantly
more illicit drugs, were more likely to use sildenafil (Viagra) and
amyl nitrates, and scored higher on a sexual compulsivity scale
compared to men who did not engage in marathon sex.
Consistency and Change in Club Drug Use by Sexual Minority Men in New York City, 2002 to 2007
(2010). We used repeated cross-sectional data from intercept surveys
conducted annually at lesbian, gay, and bisexual community events to
investigate trends in club drug use in sexual minority men (N = 6489)
in New York City from 2002 to 2007. Recent use of ecstasy, ketamine,
and Y-hydroxybutyrate decreased significantly. Crystal methamphetamine
use initially increased but then decreased. Use of cocaine and amyl
nitrates remained consistent. A greater number of HIV-positive (vs
HIV-negative) men reported recent drug use across years. Downward
trends in drug use in this population mirror trends in other groups.
Multivariate modeling of club drug use initiation among gay and bisexual men (2008). This paper documents patterns and sequence of initiation of club drug use in a sample of 450 gay and bisexual men in New York City. Quantitative and qualitative baseline data from a year-long longitudinal investigation conducted between 2001 and 2005 were analyzed. The study focused on the use of five club drugs-cocaine, GHB, ketamine, ecstasy, and methamphetamine-using self-reported indications of use for a period of 4 months prior to assessment. Patterns of club drug use among gay and bisexual demonstrated that poly-club-drug use is common, and that patterns of use can be differentiated along the lines of age, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation, with those who are older, Black, and bisexual, reporting less club drug use. The majority of the men initiated use of the five club drugs as follows: (a) cocaine, (b) ecstasy, (c) ketamine, (d) methamphetamine, and (e) GHB. Variations in patterns were related to both age and level of poly-club-drug use.
Health: Your Top Ten List (2001):
Link)"This isn't the only report of its kind. According to the new
book, Addictions in the Gay and Lesbian Community, "recreational drugs,
used as part of weekend and night 'life' are particularly popular.
In recent years these so called 'club drugs' have become a regular part
of many gay men and women's social life." Ecstasy, GHB and Special
K all fall under the umbrella of club drugs."
Sexual minority adolescent girls: A population at risk? A secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (2000): "The sexual minority girls report smoking, drinking, using illegal drugs and contemplating suicide all significantly more often than did the heterosexual girls... it appears that external stressors play a significant role in sexual minority girls' placing themselves at risk." - Understanding Differences in Substance Use Among Bisexual and Heterosexual Young Women (2008).
nature and predictors of substance use among lesbians. "Two hundred
sixty-three lesbians completed a self-report questionnaire as part of a
larger study. Neither high rates of heavy drinking nor drug use were found
in this sample. Among those who did drink excessively, it was associated
with avoidant coping. Perceived stress and social resources did not differ
significantly from the general female population. Levels of stress, social
support, and coping style were not predictive of problematic substance
tobacco and illicit drug use amongst same-sex attracted women: results
from the Western Australian Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health and
Well-Being Survey (2009, Full Text).
The prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use has been
reported to be higher amongst lesbian and bisexual women (LBW) than
their heterosexual counterparts. However, few studies have been
conducted with this population in Australia and rates that have been
reported vary considerably... LBW appear to use alcohol, tobacco and
illicit drugs at higher rates than women generally, indicating that
mainstream health promotion messages are not reaching this group or are
not perceived as relevant. There is an urgent need for public health
practitioners working in the area of substance use to recognise that
drug consumption and use patterns of LBW are likely to be different to
the wider population and that special considerations and strategies are
required to address the unique and complex needs of this population.
Use of alcohol among lesbians: research and clinical implications (1997). "A review of the literature on the prevalence of alcohol use and problems among lesbians reveals that the few studies yielding information on this population are beset by design and methodological problems. Those factors possibly associated with higher risk status of lesbians are identified..." - Differences in club drug use between heterosexual and lesbian/bisexual females (2006). - The prevalence of alcoholism and feelings of alienation in lesbian and heterosexual women (2000).
Women who have sex with other women: HIV seroprevalence in New York State counseling and testing programs (1996). "HIV seroprevalence in women sexually active exclusively with women in this sample was calculated at 3.0%, at 4.8% in women sexually active with both women and men and at 2.9% in women sexually active exclusively with men. According to the self-reported data in this study, injecting drug use is, by far, the predominant risk factor for seropositive WSW. Significant HIV-related public health/preventative implications for WSW and their service providers are suggested by this data, including the need for prevention education targeted to WSW who are IDUs..."
seroprevalence and risk behaviors among lesbians and bisexual women in
San Francisco and Berkeley, California (1995). "A total of 498 lesbians
and bisexual women was sampled from public venues in San Francisco and
Berkeley, Calif, during 1993. The overall HIV seroprevalence was 1.2%.
Ten percent of participants reported injecting drugs since 1978." - HIV Prevalence, Risk Behaviors, and High-Risk Sexual and Injection Networks Among Young Women Injectors Who Have Sex With Women (2003).
Out of It: The Results of DIVA's Lesbian Drug Survey:
In an online survey, DIVA asked lesbians and bisexual women to tell us
about their drug use. Almost 2,000 of you responded, of whom 36% said
that you currently take illegal drugs on a regular basis. A further 45%
told us that they had taken illegal substances in the past but no
longer did. These figures reflect the findings of Stonewall’s
Prescription for Change report, published last year. According to this
groundbreaking research into lesbian and bi women’s health and
wellbeing, drug use is far more prevalent amongst lesbians than women
generally. In fact, we are five times more likely to have taken drugs
at some point in our lives than our straight sisters.
Staddon, Patsy (2005, Word Download, Abstract). Labelling Out: the personal account of an ex-alcoholic lesbian feminist:
In this paper, I look at my past alcohol dependency from a political as
well as personal perspective. I consider the problems caused in my life
and that of other lesbians by alcohol abuse, outdated treatment methods
and self help organisations such as AA, which misrepresent social
factors leading to alcohol abuse. I focus on a series of themes: the
personal and political; lesbian bar styles; alternative realities;
lesbian problem drinking; problems facing lesbians in treatment and
engaging with Alcoholics Anonymous; treatment as it often is and
treatment as it should be.
Drug Use and the Gay Men Project - Issue Papers, July 1999 (Australia) (PDF Download):
(Alternate Link): Issue
Paper 1: The Social Construction of Risk and Control - Issue
Paper 2: Drug Using Networks in Inner Sydney - Issue
Paper 3 Injecting Drug Use and Risk - Issue
Paper 4: Sex, Drugs and Risk - Issue
Paper 5: Drug Use amongst Gay Men in a Large Regional Town in NSW. -
Changing community, changing practice? Young gay men, HIV and gay
community (Australia, 2004: Reference. PDF Download). See Section "Drugs: Drugs and safe sex, Drugs and gay community. - The Health in Men and
Positive Health cohorts: A comparison of trends in the health and
sexual behaviour of HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men, 2002-2005. National Centre in HIV Social Research.(2006, PDF
"Table 4.1a shows that, at every round of data collection, about 70% of
the HIV-negative men reported having used at least one party drug in
the six months prior to interview..." - Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Use in LGBTI Communities: Linking sexuality and gender identity with drug, alcohol and tobacco use.
Sydney Gay Community Periodic Survey: February 1996 to February 2006. (National Centre in HIV Social Research and National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, The University of New South Wales (2006, PDF Download, Alternate Link): "In February 2006 about 47% of the respondents reported having used ecstasy in the six months prior to the survey (see Table 7). Other drugs used by a sizeable proportion of participants were marijuana (38%), amyl/poppers (42%) and speed (26%). Special K, Viagra, cocaine and crystal meth were also used by about 20% of the men surveyed.". - Drugs, Space, and Sociality in a Gay Nightclub in Sydney (2004). - Gay Community Periodic: Quuenland, 2006 (PDF Download): "Based on responses to Question 53, about 60% of the respondents had used one or more of the drugs listed in the questionnaire during the six months prior to the survey... Participants were also asked about smoking cigarettes, pipes or other tobacco products and 45.1% of the men responded that they had smoked tobacco products..." - A History of Peer-Based Drug-User Groups in Australia (1993).
Project: Cocaine Use and Risks for HIV/HCV Transmission among IDUs in the Sydney Party Subculture (1999 - 2000). - Alcohol and other drugs - are trends changing? - ALSO and ADF Project on Alcohol and Drug Use. - Issues Paper Drugs & alcohol use within GLBTI communities (PDF Download N/A): Now part of a report: .PDF Download. PDF Download.
Releases Study of Gay Teens (1999): "Nearly half (49.1 per cent) had had a session of binge drinking
(defined as five or more drinks on one occasion for boys and three or more
for girls) in the previous two weeks. Self-identified gay male teens were
twice as likely as their heterosexual peers to have three or more binge
drinking sessions, and the girls were also more likely, although less markedly,
the report says. Only 2.1 per cent of all students had injected drugs,
but gay male teens were four times more likely to have tried it, and same-sex-attracted
girls three times as likely." (PubMed
Research in Australia: Gay community periodic surveys (Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Canberra). - The role of drugs during group sex among gay men in Australia (2009).
Beyond Perceptions: A report on alcohol and other drug use among gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer communities in Victoria (June 2000: PDF Download. Web Page for Download) (PDF Download): "In 1998 the questionnaire was distributed to members of GLBQ communities throughout Victoria. A total of 518 (37%) were returned. The findings were compared to the 1998 National Drug Household Survey after appropriate statistical adjustments had been made. The questionnaire formed the basis of the quantitative analysis... Male respondents in the younger category (20-29yrs) had the highest rates of alcohol and other drug use in the last month (see table A). The most common were alcohol (93.5%), tobacco (34.8%), volatile nitrates (30.4%) followed by marijuana (23.9%) and ecstasy (23.9%). Heroin use was reported by 2.2% of this group. Those aged 30-39 years had the highest percentage reporting recent use of volatile nitrates (36.4%), marijuana (27.3%) and LSD (5.7%)... the level of use for most drugs in the present sample is substantially higher. For example 76% of younger people (20-29) in this GLBQ sample compared to 20% in the NHS had ever used amphetamines. Overall the alcohol and other drug use within the GLBQ communities is two-to four-fold higher than in the broader community. In this survey men were up to twice as likely to report having ever used any particular drug, compared to women.
Hillier L, et al. (2005). The association between drug use and sexual orientation in young women. Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University. PDF Download. "9260 women, aged 22 to 27 years, of whom 8409 were heterosexual and 797 were non-heterosexual... After adjusting for age, region of residence, and father's occupation, non-heterosexual women were more likely to be current smokers (OR 3.18, 95% CI 2.61-3.89); consume alcohol at high risk levels (OR 2.50, 95% CI 1.68-3.72); have used illicit drugs the last year (OR 5.50, 95% CI 4.51-6.71); and, to have injected illicit drugs (OR 12.26, 95% CI 8.53-17.63). Use of marijuana, amphetamines, LSD, ecstasy/designer drugs, tranquilisers, natural hallucinogens, cocaine, inhalants and barbituates were elevated in non-heterosexual women and these effects remained even after adjusting for age, region of residence and father's occupation."
Drugs & Alcohol, Know the Score...A Guide for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People (UK, PDF Download). - Party Drug Dependence Higher Among Gay Men, Expert Warns, UK (2010). - Major study reveals gay men remain UK's top drug abusers (2010). - Methamphetamine use among gay men across the UK (2010). - The lonely drug: crystal meth in the UK (2010). - Methamphetamine used by 10% of gay men in London, higher level of use seen in HIV-positive (2006). - A Gay Man Speaks Out on Partying, Party and Club Drugs, and HIV.
The Gay Scene:
London, Manchester, Brighton and Birmingham all have vibrant and lively
gay scenes. The venues are close together in areas known as 'gay
villages'. - Sex, drugs, alcohol and the scene: Even though it can be
great fun, the scene is not always a friendly, welcoming place. It may
not be the best place to make new friends. Instead the scene is often
about sex, alcohol and recreational drugs. That can be a dangerous mix,
leading to risky sexual behaviour and problems related to alcohol and
drugs. Drugs and alcohol can make you more likely to do things you
wouldn't normally do. That includes having sex in ways that could put
you at risk of picking up or passing on HIV or other sexually
Lesbians, Gay Men and Alcohol Conference Report
(UK, May 2001) Introduction & Discussion - Maeve Malley, Deputy
Director, Alcohol East, and Jan Bridget, Lesbian Information Service. PDF Download.- Sigma Research: Gay and bisexual men HIV related journal articles.
Hickson F, et al. (2010). Tactical dangers: Findings from the United Kingdom Gay Men’s Sex Survey 2008. UK: Sigma Research. (PDF, Download Page) "This
report outlines the main findings of Vital Statistics 2008 - our
twelfth annual national Gay Men’s Sex Survey (GMSS). The
community-based survey targeted gay men and bisexual men living in the
UK and Ireland, and concerned HIV infection, sex between men, HIV
prevention needs and service uptake.
Hickson F, et al. (2009). Tactical dangers: Findings from the United Kingdom Gay Men’s Sex Survey 2008. UK: Sigma Research. PDF. Download Page.
Hickson F, Weatherburn P, Reid D, Jessup K, Hammond G (2007). Consuming Passions: Findings from the United Kingdom Gay Men's Sex Survey 2005. UK: Sigma Research. PDF
Ford Hickson: HIV Transmission during sex between men: who’s failing, what’s failing?
CHAPS 12th Annual Conference Plenary Address, Brighton, March 2009. "A
lot of suppressed mood requires a lot of mood enhancement. Gay and
bisexual men are adept at selfmedication with alcohol and drugs. There
is an ever expanding market in the supply of drugs on the gay scene
with new letters being added frequently. The sexual market place is
commercially dependent on them and taking them is normative. Anxiety at
being in the sexual market place is a major driver of alcohol and drug
consumption.9 Substance use is what might be called a second tier HIV
risk behaviour. You cannot get or pass on HIV by drinking, eating or
smoking drugs, no matter how much you consume. However, substance use
can undermine prevention needs. Substances disinhibit and our culture
excuses risk taking under the influence, so whether causal or not,
drink and drugs often precede risk."
Keogh P, et al. (2009). Wasted opportunities Problematic alcohol and drug use among gay men and bisexual men. UK: Sigma Research. UK: Sigma Research. PDF
Download. Download Page. - Alcohol And Drug Support Needed
(2009): A new report released by Terrence Higgins Trust and Sigma
Research states that more needs to be done to develop effective alcohol
and drug support services for gay men.
Meads C, Pennant C, McManus J, Bayliss S (2009). A systematic review of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health in the West Midlands region of the UK compared to published UK research. West Midlands: West Midlands Health Technology Assessment. Collaboration: Unit of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The University of Birmingham. PDF Download. See Section: "Illegal/recreational drug use – general".
Gay Men's Health N/A (UK): Drugs & Alcohol: "Recreational drugs and alcohol play an important part in the lives of many gay people. Although drugs and alcohol are often used responsibly and do no serious harm to an individual, this is not always the case. There are numerous related issues, such as legality, impact on sexual health, and the dangers of date-rape drugs. Our section drug information provides details on individual drugs, including cannabis and ecstasy, and gives often-used slang or alternative names. Those living with HIV need to be especially aware of the potential effects of using recreational drugs. see our section on "drugs and HIV". We also have a short guide to how drug and alcohol use could affect your sexual behaviour. In June 2005 Gay Men's Health launched Outing Drugs, a report giving the findings of its drugs and alcohol needs assessment. The report is available in PDF format here. - Drugs & Alcohol, Know the Score...A Guide for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People (UK, PDF Download). - Party Drug Dependence Higher Among Gay Men, Expert Warns, UK (2010). - Major study reveals gay men remain UK's top drug abusers (2010).
Sexual uses of alcohol and drugs
and the associated health risks: a cross sectional study of young
people in nine European cities (2008, Full Text. Full Text).
Finally gay and bisexual users of alcohol or cannabis were more likely
to use such drugs to facilitate sexual encounters and heterosexual
users were less likely to use cocaine to enhance sensations and
arousal... Along with being single, male and gay/bisexual, having been
drunk in the past four weeks, and regular cocaine use were
significantly associated with having had five or more sexual partners
in the past 12 months. Of these, regular cocaine use and being
gay/bisexual were the strongest predictors of multiple sexual partners.
Gay/bisexual participants were four times more likely to have had five
or more partners in the previous 12 months, and at similar increased
odds of exchanging sex for drugs, compared with heterosexuals...
Along with being single, male and gay/bisexual, having been drunk in
the past four weeks, and regular cocaine use were significantly
associated with having had five or more sexual partners in the past 12
months. Of these, regular cocaine use and being gay/bisexual were the
strongest predictors of multiple sexual partners. Gay/bisexual
participants were four times more likely to have had five or more
partners in the previous 12 months, and at similar increased odds of
exchanging sex for drugs, compared with heterosexuals. .. hus, cocaine
and ecstasy users aged 26–35 appear more likely to use in order to
enhance sensations and arousal, but only for cocaine is such behaviour
disproportionately higher amongst gay and bisexual individuals ..
Alcohol/Drug Misuse by Jan Bridget (UK, Lesbian Information Centre, Word Download).
Tobacco use high in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (2010). - Tobacco industry targeting of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community: a White Paper (2007, Alternate Link). - HHS Tobacco Strategic Plan Launch: Eyewitness Account & LGBT Inclusion Details (2010). - Cigarette smoking among lesbians, gays, and bisexuals: how serious a problem? (United States, 2004). - A Qualitative Exploration
of the Tobacco Control Needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT) Community in Colorado. - With
one of the highest rates of smoking among minority populations, the lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is also one of the most
underserved in terms of research and programs (Word Download). - Smoking Among Lesbians,
Gays, and Bisexuals: A Review of the Literature (American
Journal of Preventive Medicine 2001; 21-2) (PDF
Download) - National LGBT Tobacco Control Network.
Tobacco as a Substance of Abuse (2009): Tobacco Use Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth:
Studies show that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth are
significantly more likely than heterosexual youth to engage in
high-risk behaviors (such as fighting, substance use, and alcohol use).
26, 27 Adolescents who report same-sex attraction or activity were 2.5
times as likely to smoke at least weekly compared with heterosexuals;
bisexual/lesbian girls were 9.7 times more likely. 28 Ryan et al 29
found that 59% of teenagers who classified themselves as lesbian, gay,
or bisexual reported using tobacco (compared with 35% of heterosexual
teenagers), and almost half tried their first cigarette before 13 years
of age. Lesbian and gay teenagers are also 4 times more likely than
their heterosexual counterparts to use smokeless-tobacco products.
Given that these youth are at considerable risk of tobacco use,
population-specific tobacco-prevention and -cessation strategies are
California Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender (LGBT) Tobacco Use Survey – 2004 (2005). - LGBT Surveillance and Data Collection: Briefing Paper: Why capture LGBT smoking data? (2007). - Sexual Identity and Tobacco Use in a Venue-Based Sample of Adolescents and Young Adults (2008, PDF). - Cigarette Smoking Among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Residents of the Inland Empire (2007). - Disparities in Smoking Between the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Population and the General Population in California (2007). - Does Tobacco Industry Marketing Excessively Impact Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Communities? (2007) - Inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in tobacco use-related surveillance and epidemiological research.(2008, PDF). - Intention to quit smoking among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender smokers (2009, PDF). - Preventing tobacco use among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths (2005, PDF). - Queer Quit: Gay smokers’ perspectives on a culturally specific smoking cessation service (2009). - Report on Tobacco Consumption Among Hispanic Latino LGBT Population (2010).
use, drug use and alcohol-related problems among men who have sex with
men: the Urban Men's Health Study (2001): "Men who identified as being
gay or bisexual or who reported sex with another man in the prior 5 years
were included in this analysis (n = 2172)... A probability telephone sample
of MSM was taken within Zip Codes of four large American cities (Chicago,
Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco) estimated to have total
concentrations of at least 4% of all households with one resident ... Both
recreational drug (52%) and alcohol use (85%) were highly prevalent among
urban MSM, while current levels of multiple drug use (18%), three or more
alcohol-related problems (12%), frequent drug use (19%) and heavy-frequent
alcohol use (8%) were not uncommon."
use among men who have sex with men: comparison with a national household
survey (2001). "Compare substance use among men who have sex with men
(MSM) at high risk for
HIV infection to a nationally representative sample of heterosexual men... Drugs with the highest relative risks were "poppers" (21.6 [15.2-30.8]), sedatives (6.98 [2.46-19.8]), hallucinogens (6.14 [4.61-8.17]), tranquilizers (4.99 [2.96-8.42]), and stimulants (4.47 [3.58-5.58]). RR was higher for weekly use of poppers (33.5 [12.5-89.6]), stimulants (2.75 [1.79-4.22]), marijuana (2.37 [1.93-2.92]), and cocaine (2.24 [1.32-3.79]); and for daily use of marijuana (1.49 [1.08-2.05]). - Sex, Alcohol and Other Drugs: More from SUMS (2001, the Seropositive Urban Men's Study).
Hustlers and dealers get gate at gay spa: Spa managers and police sources deny rumours of police surveillance inside the popular bathhouse (2000): "One of Toronto's leading bathhouses is barring hustlers and dealers after complaints from high-profile members of the gay community, tub sources say. According to some observers, it's the latest example of a gay haunt that tolerates open sexuality being forced to tone it down."
Boys and Needles: A Closet Within A Closet: Injection Drugs, HIV &
Gays (2001): "To this day, none of Michael’s other friends or his male
partner of 7 years know that he became HIV infected not through unprotected
sex, but while sharing syringes. “Nick” is still protecting his lost friend
through concealing their identities in this story.As a former injection
drug user and HIV prevention worker, he knows the importance of guarding
secrets... A “nice boy” persona, narrowly defined images of those most
at risk for HIV, profound losses from the AIDS epidemic, and, to a certain
extent, prejudice toward and within the gay community all contribute to
a “closet within a closet” when in comes to needle use among same-sex loving
persons... Gay men who inject are 20 times as likely to acquire HIV then
their non-gay counterparts and three times as likely to acquire HIV as
gay men who do not inject... 'And, in this instance, why is it that even
those members of the gay, white community feel compelled to keep secrets?'"
Victimization and substance use disorders in a national sample of heterosexual and sexual minority women and men (2010). - Individuals who are victimized - especially in childhood - likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs
(2010): The research sample was nationally representative and consisted
of 34,653 adults aged 20 years and older. They responded to questions
about their use, abuse and dependence on 10 substances, such as
alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and pain medications. Researchers compared
victimization experiences with four sexual identity subgroups
(including "not sure") separately for men and women. Lesbian and
bisexual women were more than twice as likely as heterosexual women to
report any victimization experiences, the findings show. Three times as
many lesbians as heterosexual women reported childhood sexual abuse,
but researchers attribute this, in part, to lesbians' greater
willingness to acknowledge and report this experience. Gay men also had
high prevalence rates of victimization with about half of them
reporting any victimization experiences in their lifetimes. They
reported significantly higher rates of childhood sexual abuse,
childhood neglect, partner violence and assault with a weapon than
heterosexual men. Men and women who reported two or more victimization
experiences had higher odds of alcohol and other drug dependence,
indicating a cumulative effect of multiple victimization experiences,
the researchers said. The findings also indicate that gay, lesbian and
bisexual youth may use substances to cope with adverse psychological
and interpersonal effects of victimization, thus increasing the risk
for further victimization from others.
The relationship between discrimination and substance use disorders among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults in the United States
(2010). More than two thirds of LGB adults reported at least 1 type of
discrimination in their lifetimes. Multivariate analyses indicated that
the odds of past-year substance use disorders were nearly 4 times
greater among LGB adults who reported all 3 types of discrimination
prior to the past year than for LGB adults who did not report
discrimination (adjusted odds ratio = 3.85; 95% confidence interval =
1.71, 8.66). Health professionals should consider the role multiple
types of discrimination plays in the development and treatment of
substance use disorders among LGB adults.
Responses to Discrimination and Psychiatric Disorders Among Black, Hispanic, Female, and Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals
(2010, Full Text). The sample included respondents in the 2004–2005
National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (n = 34
653). We analyzed the associations between self-reported past-year
discrimination and past-year psychiatric disorders as assessed with
structured diagnostic interviews among Black (n = 6587); Hispanic (n =
6359); lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB; n = 577); and female (n = 20
089) respondents. Black respondents reported the highest levels of
past-year discrimination, followed by LGB, Hispanic, and female
respondents. Across groups, discrimination was associated with 12-month
mood (odds ratio [ORs] = 2.1-3.1), anxiety (ORs = 1.8-3.3), and
substance use (ORs = 1.6-3.5) disorders. Respondents who reported not
accepting discrimination and not discussing it with others had higher
odds of psychiatric disorders (ORs = 2.9-3.9) than did those who did
not accept discrimination but did discuss it with others. Black
respondents and women who accepted discrimination and did not talk
about it with others had elevated rates of mood and anxiety disorders,
respectively. Psychiatric disorders are more prevalent among
individuals reporting past-year discrimination experiences. Certain
responses to discrimination, particularly not disclosing it, are
associated with psychiatric morbidity.
in HIV seroprevalence and risk among gay and bisexual men who inject drugs
in San Francisco, 1988 to 2000 (2001, Full Text). "Trends in HIV infection and risk
behaviors were calculated for gay/bisexual ( n = 1594 interviews) IDUs
in 26 semiannual cross sections from 1988 to 2000... HIV seroprevalence
among gay/bisexual IDUs decreased from the range of 35% to 45% in 1988/1989
to 25% in 1996 and then began to increase, reaching 42% in 2000. In contrast,
HIV prevalence among heterosexual male IDUs remained stable during the
study period. For gay/bisexual IDUs, injection and sex-related HIV risk
behaviors declined modestly throughout the study period. As of the last
cross section (July 2000), however, over a third of respondents reported
recent syringe sharing or unprotected anal sex."
HIV infection, sexual risk behavior, and substance use among Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender persons (2008, Full Text). Drug use and more education were positively correlated and greater age was negatively correlated with unprotected anal intercourse. Heavy alcohol drinking and use of drugs remain a significant public health problem in this population. Drug use was more closely linked to HIV sexual risk behaviors than was heavy drinking.
Assessing the feasibility of harm reduction services for MSM: the late night breakfast buffet study (2006).
Despite the leveling off in new HIV infections among men who have sex
with men (MSM) in San Francisco, new evidence suggests that many recent
HIV infections are linked with the use of Methamphetamine (MA). Among
anonymous HIV testers in San Francisco, HIV incidence among MA users
was 6.3% compared to 2.1% among non-MA users. Of particular concern for
prevention programs are frequent users and HIV positive men who use MA.
These MSM pose a particular challenge to HIV prevention efforts due to
the need to reach them during very late night hours. - Queer Practices for Harm Reduction: Inviting Lesbians, Gays, and Takatapui to be part of alcohol and drug harm reduction.
Overdosing among young injection drug users in San Francisco (2001). "Their median age was 22, and their median number of years of injecting was 4. About 48% reported at least one overdose, with a median of two overdoses reported. Overdosing was associated with injecting "speedballs" (i.e. mixtures of heroin and cocaine), with borrowing syringes, and (with P-values of borderline statistical significance) with heroin injection and with gay or bisexual behavior. It was not associated with age, sex, years of injecting, or frequency of injecting. In multivariate analysis, only borrowing syringes and gay or bisexual behavior were independent statistically significant predictors, probably because gay and bisexual subjects were more likely to be heroin or "speedball" injectors."
use among gay and lesbian adolescents. "Surveys at a Massachusetts
high school used multiple items to identify gay, lesbian, and bisexual
teenagers. Students with consistent homosexual preferences had greatly
elevated rates of substance use. Those who displayed a homosexual preference
but answered less consistently also had somewhat higher rates of substance
use but were closer to heterosexual youths than to more consistent homosexual
youths. The differences in substance use were least for alcohol use and
greater for "hard" drugs." - Riding
the Rave scene: "In warehouses and stadiums across the country,
gay youth have found an open, accepting, albeit chemically enchanced, place
to be out..."
Sexual orientation and adolescent substance use: a meta-analysis and methodological review (2008).
Several decades of research have shown that lesbian, gay and bisexual
(LGB) adults are at high risk for substance use and substance use
disorders (SUDs). These problems may often start prior to young
adulthood; however, relatively little is known about risk for substance
use in LGB adolescents. The primary aims of this paper were to conduct
a meta-analysis of the relationship between sexual orientation and
adolescent substance use and a systematic review and critique of the
methodological characteristics of this literature... he odds of
substance use for LGB youth were, on average, 190% higher than for
heterosexual youth and substantially higher within some subpopulations
of LGB youth (340% higher for bisexual youth, 400% higher for females).
Causal mechanisms, protective factors and alternative explanations for
this effect, as well as long-term substance use outcomes in LGB youth,
remain largely unknown.
Sexual orientation disparities in longitudinal alcohol use patterns among adolescents: findings from the Growing Up Today Study (2008. Full Text).
Compared with heterosexual participants, youth reporting any minority
sexual orientation reported having initiated alcohol use at younger
ages. Greater risk of alcohol use was consistently observed for mostly
heterosexual males and females and for bisexual females, whereas gay
and bisexual males and lesbians reported elevated levels of alcohol use
on only some indicators. Gender was an important modifier of alcohol
use risk; mostly heterosexual and bisexual females exhibited the
highest relative risk. Younger age at alcohol use initiation among
participants with minority sexual orientations significantly
contributed to their elevated risk of binge drinking. Our findings
suggest that disparities in alcohol use among youth with a minority
sexual orientation emerge in early adolescence and persist into young
adulthood. Health care providers should be aware that adolescents with
a minority sexual orientation are at greater risk of alcohol use.
Sexual orientation and drug use in a longitudinal cohort study of U.S. adolescents
(2010). Age was also an important modifier of risk; differences in drug
use between minority sexual orientation and heterosexual youth were
larger during adolescence (12-17 years) than during emerging adulthood
(18-23 years). Research must focus on identifying reasons why minority
sexual orientation youth are at disproportionate risk for drug use.
Such information is essential for developing interventions that are
critically needed to reduce drug use in this population. Efforts need
to begin early because large sexual orientation disparities in drug use
are evident by adolescence.
Sexual orientation and substance use trajectories in emerging adulthood
(2010). Data were drawn from a longitudinal study of incoming
first-time college students at a large public university (n = 3720)...
Sexual minority and majority individuals exhibited differences in SUBs
during emerging adulthood, especially when using self-identification to
define sexual orientation. Individuals who endorsed a sexual minority
self-identification at the onset of emerging adulthood, as opposed to 4
years later, evidenced exponential increases in rates of drunkenness
and cannabis use. These results support that the timing of assessment
is important and that some trajectories of sexual minority SUBs are
non-linear during this developmental period.
Health Differences between Young Adults with and without Same-Sex
Contact: A Simultaneous Examination of Underlying Mechanisms
(2010). Previous research has documented that sexual minorities are
more likely than heterosexual people to experience mental health
problems, but little is known about how these disparities emerge.
Analysis of data from Miami-Dade County, Florida, shows that young
adults reporting same-sex contact have higher levels of depressive
symptoms and drug use than those without such contact, but that
different processes explain the disparities in the two outcomes. A
substantial portion of the gap in depressive symptoms is explained by
sexual minorities’ higher levels of stress exposure and their lower
levels of family support and psychological resources. The gap in drug
use is not explained by these processes, but is partially explained by
self-exploratory attitudes and permissiveness of drug use in social
survey re-prioritizes Gay and Lesbian health concerns (2001):
"Although HIV and AIDS ranked #1 as the most pressing health concern for
self-identified Gay men, who accounted for 64 percent of all respondents,
mental health/depression ranked at #2. Depression was the most pressing
concern for 36.3 percent of Gay men and for 58.7 percent of Lesbians...
Still, he found one finding particularly encouraging: 40 percent of Gay
men said they never used party drugs, nor was it found in their close circle
of friends. 'There’s a perception for a lot of people that all Gay men
do drugs," he said. "People make assumptions, but we need facts more than
Intimate Partner Abuse among Gay and Bisexual Men: Risk Correlates and Health Outcomes (2007).Depression and substance abuse were among the strongest correlates of intimate partner abuse.Special Issue: Addictions in the Gay and Lesbian Community - Abstracts (Journal Of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 3-3/4, 2000): Substance Abuse, Internalized homophobia, and Gay Men and Lesbians: Psychodynamic Issues and Clinical Implications by Robert Paul Cabaj. - The Prevalence of Alcoholism and Feelings of Alienation in Lesbian and Heterosexual Women by Carrie Jaffe, Pauline Rose Clance, Margaret Nichols, James Emshoff. - Gay Men, Lesbians and Substances of Abuse and the “Club and Circuit Party Scene:” What Clinicians Should Know by David McDowell. - Treating Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Professionals with Addictive Disease by Penelope Ziegler. Gay Teens and Substance Use Disorders: Assessment and Treatment by Eva Olson. - The Importance of Specialized Treatment Programs for Lesbian and Gay Patients by Daniel Hicks. - A Memoir of Homosexuality, Psychiatry, Chemical Dependence, Depression and Recovery: Confessions of a Social Activist by Anonymous. - Sex Like You Can’t Even Imagine: “Crystal”, Crack and Gay Men by Jeffrey R. Guss. - Psychoanalytic and Behavioral Approaches to Drug-Related Sexual Risk Taking: A Preliminary Attempt at Conceptual and Clinical Integration by David Ostrow, R. Dennis Shelby. - Sexual Compulsivity in Gay Men from a Jungian Perspective by John Gosling. - Reification and the ecstasy of the Chelsea boy by Stephen Hartman. Do specialized services exist for LGBT individuals seeking treatment for substance misuse? A study of available treatment programs (2007): "In a recent search of SAMHSA treatment listings, 11.8% (N=911) of substance user treatment programs (including residential, outpatient, and partial hospitalization) in the United States and Puerto Rico indicated that they offer specialized services for LGBT clients. However, a telephone survey we conducted in 2003-2004 revealed that 70.8% of these "LGBT" programs were no different from services offered to the general population, and only 7.4% could identify a service specifically tailored to the needs of LGBT clients..." - Substance abuse treatment providers' explicit and implicit attitudes regarding sexual minorities (2007).
National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism (2002+). Module 10G: Sexual Orientation and Alcohol Use Disorders: Participant Handout. Full
"Researchers disagree as to the exact number of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgendered (LGBT) individuals living in the United States and
other countries (Berger & Kelly, 1995). Furthermore, considerable
disagreement persists about the prevalence, causes, and consequences of
alcohol use and abuse among LGBT persons. Based on early and
methodologically unsound studies, reports of alarmingly high rates of
alcohol and other drug use within the LGBT population were published.
More recent investigations have revealed lower rates of heavy drinking
and fewer differences in patterns of use between LGBT and heterosexual
groups. Whether they drink more, the same, or less than heterosexuals,
LGBT persons are subject to many of the same risks and consequences of
use. In addition, they also encounter population-specific risks. When
addressing alcohol use/abuse prevention and treatment issues, LGBT
individuals deserve the same compassionate, informed responses as those
given to other populations or groups. The goal of this module is to
increase social workers' understanding of, and responsiveness to, the
unique characteristics and concerns of LGBT individuals in relation to
alcohol use, prevention, and treatment..."
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"Much of the research on alcohol use among sexual minorities has
focused on White, middle-class, and well-educated lesbians and gay men.
There is a clear need for more research with bisexual women and men and
with sexual minority members of color. Longitudinal studies, including
those that focus on treatment effectiveness, are particularly
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The development of these GLBT information web pages were made possible through the collaboration of Richard Ramsay (Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary) and Pierre Tremblay (independent researcher, writer, and GLBT children and youth advocate) who both recognize that often needed social changes occur as the result of knowledge availability and dissemination. Additional Information at: Warning, Acknowledgments, Authors.
These GLBTQ Info-Pages were located at the University of Southampton from 2000 to 2003, this being the result of a collaboration with Dr. Chris Bagley, Department of Social Work Studies, University of Southampton.
Graphics are compliments of Websight West. The Synergy Centre donated computer/Internet time to facilitate the construction of this GLBT information site. Both are owned by a Chris Hooymans, a friend, and former publisher of a gay & lesbian magazine in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Chris continues to offer his expertise whenever needed and he has supplied, free of charge, the hosting of the site - Youth Suicide Problems: A Gay / Bisexual Male Focus - where a smaller - GLBTQ Education Section - and the Internet Resource Page for this subject (http://www.youth-suicide.com/gay-bisexual/links8b.htm) is located.
Computer time was also supplied by Rick Reist & Glenn Lynas, and Glenn also supplied other forms of assistance.
Many thanks to Wendy Stephens from The Department of Communications Media, University of Calgary. She communicated with publishers of many academic journals (an ongoing time-consuming process) for permission to reproduce abstracts from papers and studies on these GLBT information web pages.
The information made available on this web page does not represent all the relevant information available on the Internet, nor in professional journals and in other publications.
This web page was constructed to supply a spectrum of information for individuals seeking to understand one or more of the many gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender issues.