“It is a poignant alignment that Loneliness Awareness Week falls within PRIDE month every year, June 12 – 18. While loneliness impacts people of all ages and groups, it’s, unfortunately, something that the LGBTQIA+ community is especially familiar with. Cindy Jordan shares some tips on how to deal with this silent health crisis.
As a gay teenager growing up in the 1980s, I dealt with intense loneliness which any closeted person can relate to (and the situation was not easy to overcome even after coming out).
Moreover, loneliness impacts nearly half (49%) of the community over the age of 65, compared to 35% of non-LGBTQIA+ adults in the same age group. Meanwhile, LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults in general face serious social roadblocks, new hurdles in accessing gender-affirming care, and a troubling lack of access to mental healthcare…”