LGBTQIA+ still face unique challenges
June is LGBTQIA+ Pride month.
It’s a time to celebrate members of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as to shed light on the unique challenges that this community has faced over the years.
We too easily brush the past under the rug and forget that there are members of the LGBTQIA+ community who still face discrimination and violence every single day.
In 2020, the Human Rights Campaign recorded the most deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people of any year since they began tracking in 2013, in total they have documented more than 200 deaths due to violent homicide.
Two-thirds of these known victims have been Black women, and 37 of those deaths occurred in 2020.
So, fly your progressive pride flag high, tell someone you know in the LGBTQIA+ community that you love and support them, change your company logo to show support, go to pride events, and if you see someone who is struggling, reach out — not only this month — but every month.
Of those LGBTQIA+ individuals surveyed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 18.3% had a substance use disorder and 47.4% had a mental illness.
The LGBTQIA+ community is still suffering from the lasting effects of years of oppression and discrimination.
And due to this oppression, there is limited access to services and treatment for many LGBTQIA+ individuals.
New Choices Recovery Center seeks to close this gap in access and decrease these statistics by providing accessible treatment for all.
Dakota Torales Maxwell
The writer is a prevention coordinator at the New Choices Recovery Center.
Help others and keep the world safer
The United States alone could pay for vaccinating the entire world by cutting 10% of the corporate-greed-driven war budget this year.
What would make us safer? Sharing vaccines with the poor of the world (and stopping covid) or feeding war-profiteering corporations?
Imagine if we were a Christian nation. “Feed the poor.” “Help the sick.” “Shall not kill.” Imagine if our mostly corporate-owned politicians read the teachings of Jesus (or Buddha). Should we send them an audio book of the New Testament?
Let’s love and help the people, not deadly corporate greed. We would all be safer.
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