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LGBT people are prone to mental illness. It’s a truth we shouldn’t shy away from | Alexander Leon

We should be defiant in our acceptance of mental health problems in the same way that we would about our sexuality or gender identity. The thing is, in many cases, mental illness and being queer go hand in hand. It’s an uncomfortable but important reality that LGBT youth are four times more likely to kill themselves than their heterosexual counterparts. More than half of individuals who identify as transgender experience depression or anxiety. Even among Stonewall’s own staff, people who dedicate themselves to the betterment and improved health of our community, 86% have experiencedmental health issues first-hand. It’s a morbid point to make, but it makes perfect sense that we, as a community, struggle disproportionately.

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