Reading Roundup: Addiction and the LGBTQ community

Thursday, September 11, 8:07 PM written by About Face Theatre

uHwM258Hg_WC9Wk6yaPGC14pqIJucbRJTeiD6fQqApoFor many audience members, the trip down the rabbit hole in Steven Strafford’s “Methtacular!” may be their first introduction to the topic of addiction (and in particular abuse of meth) in the queer community, but this issue reaches far beyond Steven’s story and is a problem that has plagued our community for many years.

It is believed that a much higher percentage of LGBTQ people use alcohol and drugs than do heterosexual adults and while more and more resources are being created to address this issue, the problem remains that this and other gay health issues are not addressed at the level required to rectify the problem.

Below is a list of online reading that people interested in learning more on this topic will want to check out. For even more conversation on this issue, check out our panel discussion “After the Curtain Closes: A look at the road to recovery”.

After the Curtain Closes:
A look at the road to recovery

Date: September 14, 2014
Time: Immediately following the 4pm performance of “Methtacular!”
Location: Theater Wit | 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

Recommended Reading

Why the Gay and Transgender Population Experiences Higher Rates of Substance Use
A comprehensive brief put out by the Center for American Progress about the LGBTQ community and substance abuse.

Crystal Meth: How Gay Men Start Down the Long Road of Addiction
The first of a 3-part series written by Tweakers Project founder Jimmy Palmieri for

An article from the Council on Drug Abuse (CODA) that focuses on the risk for drug abuse and addiction among LGBTQ youth.

Center on Halsted: Resource List
A great list of LGBTQ community resources including recovery and substance abuse support in Chicago.