How Drug Use Disproportionately Affects the LGBT+ Community
People within the LGBT+ community find themselves dealing with a level of discrimination, hate, and even violence that heterosexual people can only imagine. Some of them deal with extra disdain and discrimination from the people who should be there for them the most; their own families.
While LGBT+ youth make up just 7% of the population, they account for around 40% of the homeless population; generally as a result of being kicked out of their own homes by their parents. Additionally, the number of hate crimes committed against them has increased exponentially over recent years. Transphobic criminals killed 29 transgender people in 2017 alone.
Given the terrifying reality that the LGBT+ community lives with, it’s hardly surprising that they are also more likely to develop substance abuse problems. Many people who identify as anything other than hetero or cis use alcohol and drugs to cope with the hatred and bias they deal with on a daily basis.