Tuesday June 25, 2019

LGBT-Identifying Females are at Increased Risk of Substance Use, Claims Study

Early adolescence is a critical period for prevention and intervention efforts

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The pattern of increased substance use for youth who identify as sexual minorities is magnified significantly for females. Pixabay

Females who identify as sexual minorities may face an increased risk of substance use that shows up as early as age 13, researchers said.

The pattern of increased substance use for youth who identify as sexual minorities is magnified significantly for females, according to a study published in the Journal of LGBT Youth.

“We saw this striking difference in substance use at age 13 and there was rapid increase in the rate of cigarette and alcohol use over time,” said study lead author Sarah Dermody, Assistant Professor in Oregon State University in the US.

The researchers also noted that early adolescence is a critical period for prevention and intervention efforts.

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Females who identify as sexual minorities may face an increased risk of substance use. Pixabay

For the study, 2,200 urban girls (heterosexual as well as those identifying as lesbian/gay or bisexual) were studied for substance use from age 13 to 20.

The researchers found that disparities in substance use between heterosexual and sexual minority girls were already present at age 13 and the difference in substance use increased as they entered their 20s.

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“The findings suggest that early prevention and intervention efforts may be needed to reduce initial use and slow the escalation of substance use among the population,” Dermody said. (IANS)

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Several Western Diplomats Attend Gay-Pride Parade in Kyiv

Organizers of the "March of Equality" have said that they expect 10,000 people to participate in the event on June 23

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Organizers of the "March of Equality" have said that they expect 10,000 people to participate in the event on June 23. RFERL

Thousands of supporters of LGBT rights are doing a gay-pride parade in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv under a heavy police presence.

Organizers of the “March of Equality” have said that they expect 10,000 people to participate in the event on June 23. Several Western diplomats are also attending the event.

​Police said that nine people were arrested on suspicion of preparing provocations against participants in the Kyiv Pride event.

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Gay Pride Procession. Pixabay

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Organizers have said that their goal is to promote “full respect” for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) minority.

The Pride parade has been held in Kyiv since 2016 amid protests by opponents, including right-wing activists and representatives of religious organizations. (RFERL)