By Mica Moeller, ASAC Prevention Specialist
The month of June is a celebratory month for the LGBTQ community. June is the chosen National Pride Month because of the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Since the Stonewall Riots, many organizations have been created to support the LGBTQ community. National Pride Month is a movement that celebrates diversity. It promotes self-affirmation, dignity, equal rights, and increases the awareness of issues the LGBTQ community faces. Here at ASAC, one of our values is accommodating individuals of all cultures and backgrounds.
The LGBTQ community is at a greater risk for substance use disorders. Twice as many members of the LGBTQ community reported to have used illicit drugs in the past year than heterosexual adults. About one-third have used marijuana in the past year and 10% have misused prescription pain medication (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2015). The LGBTQ community is more likely to have co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Some of the most common co-occurrence is substance use disorders with depression, suicidality, self-harm, or eating disorders. (Gonzales G & Henning-Smitch C, May 2017).
This year, CRPrideFest will be on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Newbo City Market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa! Mark your calendars to celebrate the LGBTQ community and visit ASAC’s table! Here are some pictures from last year’s festivities!
Gonzales G, Henning-Smith C. Health Disparities by Sexual Orientation: Results and Implications from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Community Health. May 2017.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Substance Use and SUDs in LGBT Populations September 2017