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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can be at higher risk of some mental health problems and alcohol and substance misuse. This can be related to the discrimination and lack of understanding they face in society.

Coming to terms with an identity that is different to that of most of your peers, or coping with ignorance, prejudice and discrimination, can be confusing and distressing. People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are at greater risk of experiencing mental health problems .

“The damaging part of learning to live your life in two parts , whether in reality or fantasy, cannot be underestimated. It is an infectious skill that you learned, one that would eventually spread beyond the bedroom of your life. Life wasn't ever what it seemed on the surface. Nothing could be trusted for what it appeared to be. After all, you weren't what you appeared to be. In learning to hide part of yourself, you lost the ability to trust anything or anyone fully. Without knowing it, you traded humane innocence for dry cynicism.” 

― Alan DownsThe Velvet Rage

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