June is Pride Month in the United States. It’s a time when many LGBTQIA+ community members gather to celebrate their experiences, support one another, and advocate for equal rights and opportunities.
While there has been significant progress in promoting LGBTQIA+ rights and acceptance, LGBTQIA+ people continue to cope with stigma and discrimination.
Experiencing stigma, discrimination, and other sources of sexual and gender minority stress can take a toll on LGBTQIA+ community members’ mental health and well-being.
Substance abuse is also a significant problem among members LGBTQIA+ community. Statistics show that LGBTQIA+ adults are more than twice as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to use illicit drugs and almost twice as likely to suffer from a substance abuse disorder.
For LGBTQIA+ community members who face discrimination and social isolation, Pride events offer important opportunities for connection, support, and belonging. So let's support the LGBTQIA+ community and Celebrate Pride!