The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community faces mental health conditions at a rate almost 3 times higher than that of the general population.
The fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities, can lead to depression, post traumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse.
However, because of societal stigma or potential rejection,these adolescents may face various challenges during their adolescent years and are at greater risk for substance abuse, depression, suicide, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than their peers who are heterosexual."Bimm" translates to bisexual married male; "m4m" translates to "married male for married male." Yesterday at a.m., AOL's chat room listings included rooms such as "Bi Curious Married Men" (36 people there), "dallas bimm4bimm" (36 there, too), and "Bostonbimm4bimm" (another 36). It's a difficult life."Steve, who lives in New York, has been married for 27 years, a "great father," he says, to his two preteen boys.Hook-up ads (sex ads) such as this one in the "Casual Encounters" section of Craigs read: "Traveling to Reston area for business. His wife knows of his ongoing affair with a 47-year-old teacher.The practitioner's knowledge and sensitivity regarding sexuality issues strongly influences the patient's comfort level in seeking optimal health care in the future.In the 1950s, Kinsey conducted the first modern sexuality studies.He concluded that by the time an individual is aged 20 years, nearly 28% of young men and 17% of young women had at least one homosexual experience.