Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to abuse substances and experience mental illness, according to a report from the Department of Health’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Nearly 40 percent of those who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) claimed to have used illicit drugs in the past year, compared to 17 percent of those who identify as straight. LGB adults also reported higher rates of drinking and cigarette use and were “more than twice as likely as sexual majority adults to have experienced any kind of mental illness in the past year” . . .
“Organizations have already started addressing this issue by calling for more research and more education for healthcare providers,” Dr. Yarbrough said. “Addressing health-related issues that affect the LGBT community is not really taught in medical school or in residencies. Sometimes all you get are two hours of training and that’s it. At the very least, healthcare providers must graduate with a high level of education on these issues.”
Interesting statistics given that the LGB lifestyle is now accepted by the MSM and Federal and state and local government.