Concern at drug use in Brighton's gay community

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Charity workers say they are “deeply concerned” about the high amount of drugs taken by members of Brighton and Hove’s gay community.

Researchers at the University of Brighton discovered 33% of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community interviewed in a survey had used cannabis, while 24% had used ecstasy.

These figures compared to the national average of 8% for cannabis use and 1.6% for ecstasy.

A total of 22% of the 819 people who took part in the study had also taken cocaine, compared to the national average of 2.4%, according to figures compiled by the British Crime Survey.

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, said it is concerned that LGBT people are more likely to take drugs than the population in general.

Brighton researchers carried out the study as part of a community university partnership project called Count Me In Too, which explored the views and experiences of LGBT people in Brighton and Hove.

It focused on a range of issues including drugs and alcohol, mental health, domestic violence and abuse.

Dr Kath Browne, who assisted in carrying out the research, said it had helped to gain information that could be used to affect social change for the LGBT community.

She said some of those interviewed, who were between the ages of 16 and 75, took drugs as a way of fitting into the LGBT scene.

She said: “There was an association of drugs and alcohol with principal forms of socialising and with social support.

“Some people may use them as a way of easing into the LGB community because they have experienced rejection in the past.

“It is a broad issue that has yet to be fully tackled to understand why people are engaging in these behaviours.”

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s head of policy and research, said: “It is not clear why LGBT people are more likely to take drugs than heterosexual people. It might be because there are very few alternatives for meeting other gay people except the scene.

“Stonewall is deeply concerned that LGB people are using drugs at a much higher rate than heterosexual people.

“Of greater concern however, is that gay people aren't seeking help. A fear of discrimination means that LGB people are less likely to go to their GP. If you are not telling your doctor the whole truth, then how can they help you?”

Graham Stevens, co-ordinator of the Brighton and Hove Drug and Alcohol Action Team, said measures are being put in place to help people who are using drugs.

He said: “The survey indicates that there is a higher proportion in the LGBT community than in the general population of people using certain illicit drugs and some evidence that drug - and alcohol - use are associated with feeling socially included in the gay scene.

“The team is actively working collaboratively with the LGBT community and is committed to ensuring that information and advice on substance misuse services are readily available.”

He added that funding has been agreed by NHS Brighton and Hove for two part-time LGBT community link workers to help substance misusers.

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10:12am Mon 24 Aug 09

Jay Mollison says...

It's tragic, perhaps the police need more powers to crush this growing trend.
It's tragic, perhaps the police need more powers to crush this growing trend. Jay Mollison
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10:33am Mon 24 Aug 09

n01d says...

This is not a LGBT issue; this is an issue which effects everyone in society. It seems to me that trying to tackle it as a lesbian and gay issue is pointless.

Maybe they are more likely to be drug users than others, maybe ginger people are more likely to be involved in car crashes... so what?

People of all ages, gender, class and sexual preference use drugs.
This is not a LGBT issue; this is an issue which effects everyone in society. It seems to me that trying to tackle it as a lesbian and gay issue is pointless. Maybe they are more likely to be drug users than others, maybe ginger people are more likely to be involved in car crashes... so what? People of all ages, gender, class and sexual preference use drugs. n01d
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10:43am Mon 24 Aug 09

Fercri Sakes says...

Wouldn't the figures be pretty much the same for straight people in Brighton and Hove?

Half the people you see in town late on a Friday night have had a little more than booze during their night out.
Wouldn't the figures be pretty much the same for straight people in Brighton and Hove? Half the people you see in town late on a Friday night have had a little more than booze during their night out. Fercri Sakes
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12:06pm Mon 24 Aug 09

The ghost of Osama bin there says...

Fercri Sakes wrote:
Wouldn't the figures be pretty much the same for straight people in Brighton and Hove? Half the people you see in town late on a Friday night have had a little more than booze during their night out.
I agree. They are not comparing like with like.
It's not right to compare B&H's gay community with the straight community of the whole country. The comparison, if it is to have any value at all, needs to be with B&H's straight community. I bet there would be very little difference in the amount of drug taking.
I have to take issue with one thing.
"A fear of discrimination means that LGB people are less likely to go to their GP", says the Stonewall spokesperson.
What, in BRIGHTON?
I doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]Fercri Sakes[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't the figures be pretty much the same for straight people in Brighton and Hove? Half the people you see in town late on a Friday night have had a little more than booze during their night out.[/p][/quote]I agree. They are not comparing like with like. It's not right to compare B&H's gay community with the straight community of the whole country. The comparison, if it is to have any value at all, needs to be with B&H's straight community. I bet there would be very little difference in the amount of drug taking. I have to take issue with one thing. "A fear of discrimination means that LGB people are less likely to go to their GP", says the Stonewall spokesperson. What, in BRIGHTON? I doubt it. The ghost of Osama bin there
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1:00pm Mon 24 Aug 09

Whitedot says...

In other news, concern is growing over claims the Pope is Catholic.
In other news, concern is growing over claims the Pope is Catholic. Whitedot
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1:25pm Mon 24 Aug 09

S.T. Rewth says...

EVERYONE suffers the same problems not just part of the community. My guess it is another way to divert funding into one area. Help all those affected.
PS Lots of people in B&H have been taking drugs for years. Nothing new.
EVERYONE suffers the same problems not just part of the community. My guess it is another way to divert funding into one area. Help all those affected. PS Lots of people in B&H have been taking drugs for years. Nothing new. S.T. Rewth
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2:26pm Mon 24 Aug 09

BN1 says...

Lettuce Gherkin Bacon & Tomato community takes drugs?
Lettuce Gherkin Bacon & Tomato community takes drugs? BN1
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3:11pm Mon 24 Aug 09

salty_pete says...

n01d wrote:
This is not a LGBT issue; this is an issue which effects everyone in society. It seems to me that trying to tackle it as a lesbian and gay issue is pointless. Maybe they are more likely to be drug users than others, maybe ginger people are more likely to be involved in car crashes... so what? People of all ages, gender, class and sexual preference use drugs.
Isn't this comment just trying to deflect the results of research. Every time an issue is identified as being more prevalent in the LGBT community, there is a rush of people to explain that it's not just 'them' but everybody else as well. But it normally turns out that it is just 'them.'
[quote][p][bold]n01d[/bold] wrote: This is not a LGBT issue; this is an issue which effects everyone in society. It seems to me that trying to tackle it as a lesbian and gay issue is pointless. Maybe they are more likely to be drug users than others, maybe ginger people are more likely to be involved in car crashes... so what? People of all ages, gender, class and sexual preference use drugs.[/p][/quote]Isn't this comment just trying to deflect the results of research. Every time an issue is identified as being more prevalent in the LGBT community, there is a rush of people to explain that it's not just 'them' but everybody else as well. But it normally turns out that it is just 'them.' salty_pete
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4:21pm Mon 24 Aug 09

snerper says...

Pull out all stops now, quickly send in big cash injections, these poor souls, how they must be suffering! We must lay on teams of counselling experts, oh dear, this is worse than the threat of swine flu, call in the World Health Organisation now, this can't be allowed to happen to our gay Icons, what is Brighton to?
Well have street muggings next!
Pull out all stops now, quickly send in big cash injections, these poor souls, how they must be suffering! We must lay on teams of counselling experts, oh dear, this is worse than the threat of swine flu, call in the World Health Organisation now, this can't be allowed to happen to our gay Icons, what is Brighton to? Well have street muggings next! snerper
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4:25pm Mon 24 Aug 09

snerper says...

snerper wrote:
Pull out all stops now, quickly send in big cash injections, these poor souls, how they must be suffering! We must lay on teams of counselling experts, oh dear, this is worse than the threat of swine flu, call in the World Health Organisation now, this can't be allowed to happen to our gay Icons, what is Brighton to? Well have street muggings next!
That should say, What is Brighton coming to?
We'll have street muggings next!
I was so upset by this article I just couldn't think straight!
[quote][p][bold]snerper[/bold] wrote: Pull out all stops now, quickly send in big cash injections, these poor souls, how they must be suffering! We must lay on teams of counselling experts, oh dear, this is worse than the threat of swine flu, call in the World Health Organisation now, this can't be allowed to happen to our gay Icons, what is Brighton to? Well have street muggings next![/p][/quote]That should say, What is Brighton coming to? We'll have street muggings next! I was so upset by this article I just couldn't think straight! snerper
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4:37pm Mon 24 Aug 09

The ghost of Osama bin there says...

salty_pete wrote:
n01d wrote: This is not a LGBT issue; this is an issue which effects everyone in society. It seems to me that trying to tackle it as a lesbian and gay issue is pointless. Maybe they are more likely to be drug users than others, maybe ginger people are more likely to be involved in car crashes... so what? People of all ages, gender, class and sexual preference use drugs.
Isn't this comment just trying to deflect the results of research. Every time an issue is identified as being more prevalent in the LGBT community, there is a rush of people to explain that it's not just 'them' but everybody else as well. But it normally turns out that it is just 'them.'
But we don't know, because the comparison offered of straight people from the whole of the UK versus gay people from Brighton is meaningless statistically.
It's just bad research.
[quote][p][bold]salty_pete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]n01d[/bold] wrote: This is not a LGBT issue; this is an issue which effects everyone in society. It seems to me that trying to tackle it as a lesbian and gay issue is pointless. Maybe they are more likely to be drug users than others, maybe ginger people are more likely to be involved in car crashes... so what? People of all ages, gender, class and sexual preference use drugs.[/p][/quote]Isn't this comment just trying to deflect the results of research. Every time an issue is identified as being more prevalent in the LGBT community, there is a rush of people to explain that it's not just 'them' but everybody else as well. But it normally turns out that it is just 'them.' [/p][/quote]But we don't know, because the comparison offered of straight people from the whole of the UK versus gay people from Brighton is meaningless statistically. It's just bad research. The ghost of Osama bin there
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6:50pm Mon 24 Aug 09

lachrymatory says...

Nice to see there isn't a lot of homophobic comments in response to this article.

Heterosexual or homosexual almost everyone I know in Brighton has or does take drugs on occasion. I can probably think of one or two people have a problem with drugs but the majority of people I know use drugs now and again and no one has a problem with them. When people don't want to take drugs then they don't take them.

Let's see the statistics for the entire population of Brighton and Hove otherwise it's a gay issue for the sake of being a gay issue. At the end of the day that's pretty pointless, isn't it?
Nice to see there isn't a lot of homophobic comments in response to this article. Heterosexual or homosexual almost everyone I know in Brighton has or does take drugs on occasion. I can probably think of one or two people have a problem with drugs but the majority of people I know use drugs now and again and no one has a problem with them. When people don't want to take drugs then they don't take them. Let's see the statistics for the entire population of Brighton and Hove otherwise it's a gay issue for the sake of being a gay issue. At the end of the day that's pretty pointless, isn't it? lachrymatory
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9:23pm Mon 24 Aug 09

TheInsider says...

All rather pointless as it does not explain why this group possibly has more users.
Perhaps its because they have more readily available income, are less likely to have dependents and therefore don't have to get home of a night or get up early to see to the baby, so have all the free time in the world to get off their heads. The culture for many gay people is clubbing and pubbing into a much older age range than probably the straight scene where the drug scene is a big part in gay and straight worlds.
If I went into a club in West Street as a 42 year old straight man, I would be a sad, dirty old man. I have gay, male friends in their 40s who club all the time and its not seen as unusual.
Come on Dr Browne (not a real doctor as she probably can't give me heart bypass surgery), you may has well have said that English people like their tea served hot.
Another waste of research time. Good work if you can get it.
All rather pointless as it does not explain why this group possibly has more users. Perhaps its because they have more readily available income, are less likely to have dependents and therefore don't have to get home of a night or get up early to see to the baby, so have all the free time in the world to get off their heads. The culture for many gay people is clubbing and pubbing into a much older age range than probably the straight scene where the drug scene is a big part in gay and straight worlds. If I went into a club in West Street as a 42 year old straight man, I would be a sad, dirty old man. I have gay, male friends in their 40s who club all the time and its not seen as unusual. Come on Dr Browne (not a real doctor as she probably can't give me heart bypass surgery), you may has well have said that English people like their tea served hot. Another waste of research time. Good work if you can get it. TheInsider
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10:32pm Mon 24 Aug 09

stan bailey says...

lachrymatory wrote:
Nice to see there isn't a lot of homophobic comments in response to this article.

Heterosexual or homosexual almost everyone I know in Brighton has or does take drugs on occasion. I can probably think of one or two people have a problem with drugs but the majority of people I know use drugs now and again and no one has a problem with them. When people don't want to take drugs then they don't take them.

Let's see the statistics for the entire population of Brighton and Hove otherwise it's a gay issue for the sake of being a gay issue. At the end of the day that's pretty pointless, isn't it?
I don't have any friends who take drugs, they only occasionally drink and never smoke. They worry about vine weevil and the large number of slugs snails. Yobs kicking off wing mirrors, being burgled etc
[quote][p][bold]lachrymatory[/bold] wrote: Nice to see there isn't a lot of homophobic comments in response to this article. Heterosexual or homosexual almost everyone I know in Brighton has or does take drugs on occasion. I can probably think of one or two people have a problem with drugs but the majority of people I know use drugs now and again and no one has a problem with them. When people don't want to take drugs then they don't take them. Let's see the statistics for the entire population of Brighton and Hove otherwise it's a gay issue for the sake of being a gay issue. At the end of the day that's pretty pointless, isn't it?[/p][/quote]I don't have any friends who take drugs, they only occasionally drink and never smoke. They worry about vine weevil and the large number of slugs snails. Yobs kicking off wing mirrors, being burgled etc stan bailey
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10:57pm Mon 24 Aug 09

snerper says...

lachrymatory wrote:
Nice to see there isn't a lot of homophobic comments in response to this article. Heterosexual or homosexual almost everyone I know in Brighton has or does take drugs on occasion. I can probably think of one or two people have a problem with drugs but the majority of people I know use drugs now and again and no one has a problem with them. When people don't want to take drugs then they don't take them. Let's see the statistics for the entire population of Brighton and Hove otherwise it's a gay issue for the sake of being a gay issue. At the end of the day that's pretty pointless, isn't it?
Truth to tell, I for one am sick of 'gay rights' this and 'gay rights that! Before you fly into a rage let me say,I'm definately not homophobic, a lot of my work mates are gay, but, and this is my point, they DON'T scream it out from the roof tops like a lot on here do! I would like to start my own little party and call it 'straight rights'. I want equal respect for us straights, married or unmarried, I want to hold hands with someone of the opposite sex to me without raising any eyebrows as we walk down the street! And be allowed to bring chaos to the traffic in Brighton for one whole weekend every year and also take over places like Preston park and cause aggro for the locals, + snarl up the casualty units of the local hospital etc.! As for your comment 'almost everyone I know in Brighton has or does take drugs on occasion' then I rest my case! You must have some very dodgy mates, or live in a very closed environment, because almost everyone I know has the sense to NOT need to do drugs! And yes, I agree with that last comment of yours, as a gay issue for the sake of being a gay issue, yes it is pretty pointless!
[quote][p][bold]lachrymatory[/bold] wrote: Nice to see there isn't a lot of homophobic comments in response to this article. Heterosexual or homosexual almost everyone I know in Brighton has or does take drugs on occasion. I can probably think of one or two people have a problem with drugs but the majority of people I know use drugs now and again and no one has a problem with them. When people don't want to take drugs then they don't take them. Let's see the statistics for the entire population of Brighton and Hove otherwise it's a gay issue for the sake of being a gay issue. At the end of the day that's pretty pointless, isn't it?[/p][/quote]Truth to tell, I for one am sick of 'gay rights' this and 'gay rights that! Before you fly into a rage let me say,I'm definately not homophobic, a lot of my work mates are gay, but, and this is my point, they DON'T scream it out from the roof tops like a lot on here do! I would like to start my own little party and call it 'straight rights'. I want equal respect for us straights, married or unmarried, I want to hold hands with someone of the opposite sex to me without raising any eyebrows as we walk down the street! And be allowed to bring chaos to the traffic in Brighton for one whole weekend every year and also take over places like Preston park and cause aggro for the locals, + snarl up the casualty units of the local hospital etc.! As for your comment 'almost everyone I know in Brighton has or does take drugs on occasion' then I rest my case! You must have some very dodgy mates, or live in a very closed environment, because almost everyone I know has the sense to NOT need to do drugs! And yes, I agree with that last comment of yours, as a gay issue for the sake of being a gay issue, yes it is pretty pointless! snerper
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12:53am Tue 25 Aug 09

Stu says...

lachrymatory wrote:
Nice to see there isn't a lot of homophobic comments in response to this article.

Heterosexual or homosexual almost everyone I know in Brighton has or does take drugs on occasion. I can probably think of one or two people have a problem with drugs but the majority of people I know use drugs now and again and no one has a problem with them. When people don't want to take drugs then they don't take them.

Let's see the statistics for the entire population of Brighton and Hove otherwise it's a gay issue for the sake of being a gay issue. At the end of the day that's pretty pointless, isn't it?
Never taken drugs, neither do I socialise with anybody who does. I guess it depends on what kind of people you hang around with.

Nice to be tarred with the same brush though Mrs Argus reporter.
[quote][p][bold]lachrymatory[/bold] wrote: Nice to see there isn't a lot of homophobic comments in response to this article. Heterosexual or homosexual almost everyone I know in Brighton has or does take drugs on occasion. I can probably think of one or two people have a problem with drugs but the majority of people I know use drugs now and again and no one has a problem with them. When people don't want to take drugs then they don't take them. Let's see the statistics for the entire population of Brighton and Hove otherwise it's a gay issue for the sake of being a gay issue. At the end of the day that's pretty pointless, isn't it?[/p][/quote]Never taken drugs, neither do I socialise with anybody who does. I guess it depends on what kind of people you hang around with. Nice to be tarred with the same brush though Mrs Argus reporter. Stu
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9:52am Tue 25 Aug 09

adam1234 says...

Wake up people and get into the real world!
We are talking mostly about recreational drugs and party people - not scagheads.
I would much rather be in the company of gay guys and girls off their head on e being warm and happy - than with a load of straight guys and girls off their head on stella looking for a fight.
Wake up people and get into the real world! We are talking mostly about recreational drugs and party people - not scagheads. I would much rather be in the company of gay guys and girls off their head on e being warm and happy - than with a load of straight guys and girls off their head on stella looking for a fight. adam1234
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12:44pm Tue 25 Aug 09

stan bailey says...

adam1234 wrote:
Wake up people and get into the real world!
We are talking mostly about recreational drugs and party people - not scagheads.
I would much rather be in the company of gay guys and girls off their head on e being warm and happy - than with a load of straight guys and girls off their head on stella looking for a fight.
I don't want to be with either group
[quote][p][bold]adam1234[/bold] wrote: Wake up people and get into the real world! We are talking mostly about recreational drugs and party people - not scagheads. I would much rather be in the company of gay guys and girls off their head on e being warm and happy - than with a load of straight guys and girls off their head on stella looking for a fight.[/p][/quote]I don't want to be with either group stan bailey
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12:44pm Tue 25 Aug 09

stan bailey says...

adam1234 wrote:
Wake up people and get into the real world!
We are talking mostly about recreational drugs and party people - not scagheads.
I would much rather be in the company of gay guys and girls off their head on e being warm and happy - than with a load of straight guys and girls off their head on stella looking for a fight.
I don't want to be with either group
[quote][p][bold]adam1234[/bold] wrote: Wake up people and get into the real world! We are talking mostly about recreational drugs and party people - not scagheads. I would much rather be in the company of gay guys and girls off their head on e being warm and happy - than with a load of straight guys and girls off their head on stella looking for a fight.[/p][/quote]I don't want to be with either group stan bailey
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3:54pm Tue 25 Aug 09

RickH says...

stan bailey wrote:
adam1234 wrote: Wake up people and get into the real world! We are talking mostly about recreational drugs and party people - not scagheads. I would much rather be in the company of gay guys and girls off their head on e being warm and happy - than with a load of straight guys and girls off their head on stella looking for a fight.
I don't want to be with either group
@Adam - couldn't agree more and recall that someone who is door security commented on the Lancing Cannabis Cafe story that he'd rather deal with a bunch of stoners than a bunch of people Stella'ed out of their heads any day

@SB - pretty sure the feeling is mutual
[quote][p][bold]stan bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adam1234[/bold] wrote: Wake up people and get into the real world! We are talking mostly about recreational drugs and party people - not scagheads. I would much rather be in the company of gay guys and girls off their head on e being warm and happy - than with a load of straight guys and girls off their head on stella looking for a fight.[/p][/quote]I don't want to be with either group[/p][/quote]@Adam - couldn't agree more and recall that someone who is door security commented on the Lancing Cannabis Cafe story that he'd rather deal with a bunch of stoners than a bunch of people Stella'ed out of their heads any day @SB - pretty sure the feeling is mutual RickH
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3:30am Wed 26 Aug 09

another 1 says...

Firstly, I don't quite understand why the gay community has been focussed on when drug use is common regardless of sexuality.

Secondly, you can guarantee that Gay clubbers are alot more friendly than the nightlife on west street with fights breaking out constantly. Surely the clubbers on West Street are the real issue, so why not focus on how to solve that instead of labelling the gay community as druggies?

Let me guess, it's easier to accuse a happy smiley gay guy of breaking the law because he's taken recreational drugs than it is to stop the pikeys attacking everyone in sight on west street...
Firstly, I don't quite understand why the gay community has been focussed on when drug use is common regardless of sexuality. Secondly, you can guarantee that Gay clubbers are alot more friendly than the nightlife on west street with fights breaking out constantly. Surely the clubbers on West Street are the real issue, so why not focus on how to solve that instead of labelling the gay community as druggies? Let me guess, it's easier to accuse a happy smiley gay guy of breaking the law because he's taken recreational drugs than it is to stop the pikeys attacking everyone in sight on west street... another 1
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6:30pm Wed 26 Aug 09

lachrymatory says...

Obviously it's the people I hang around with. And they're all well functioning individuals. I wasn't saying everyone in Brighton takes drugs.
Obviously it's the people I hang around with. And they're all well functioning individuals. I wasn't saying everyone in Brighton takes drugs. lachrymatory
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6:34pm Wed 26 Aug 09

lachrymatory says...

As I'm in my early twenties that's also probably got a lot to do with it. A lot of my mates are probably a lot younger than the people on here saying that none of their mates take any drugs at all ever.
As I'm in my early twenties that's also probably got a lot to do with it. A lot of my mates are probably a lot younger than the people on here saying that none of their mates take any drugs at all ever. lachrymatory
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4:15pm Thu 27 Aug 09

scoomber says...

another 1 wrote:
Firstly, I don't quite understand why the gay community has been focussed on when drug use is common regardless of sexuality. Secondly, you can guarantee that Gay clubbers are alot more friendly than the nightlife on west street with fights breaking out constantly. Surely the clubbers on West Street are the real issue, so why not focus on how to solve that instead of labelling the gay community as druggies? Let me guess, it's easier to accuse a happy smiley gay guy of breaking the law because he's taken recreational drugs than it is to stop the pikeys attacking everyone in sight on west street...
There's no such thing as a "gay pikey" then? (BTW Pikey is a disgusting racist term) and you really think gays never venture into West Street? Not every one out in the town is out for a fight and not all gays are pink and fluffy!
[quote][p][bold]another 1[/bold] wrote: Firstly, I don't quite understand why the gay community has been focussed on when drug use is common regardless of sexuality. Secondly, you can guarantee that Gay clubbers are alot more friendly than the nightlife on west street with fights breaking out constantly. Surely the clubbers on West Street are the real issue, so why not focus on how to solve that instead of labelling the gay community as druggies? Let me guess, it's easier to accuse a happy smiley gay guy of breaking the law because he's taken recreational drugs than it is to stop the pikeys attacking everyone in sight on west street... [/p][/quote]There's no such thing as a "gay pikey" then? (BTW Pikey is a disgusting racist term) and you really think gays never venture into West Street? Not every one out in the town is out for a fight and not all gays are pink and fluffy! scoomber
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7:50am Sun 30 Aug 09

David Panter says...

For once, this is not about labelling the gay community with nasty names. The rising drug use on the scene is of great concern. It wouldn't be so bad if we were just talking about E. Things like GHB and coke are much more dangerous and destructive. Possibly it is because of of the social culture. I suspect it is also because homophobia and isolation cause many gay people to bury themselves in drugs to numb their feelings. I am lucky because I work in a job where it is ok to be gay, my family are ok with my sexuality and I have lots of supportive friends. Sadly this is not the case for everyone - in fact, I am starting to realise that it is pretty rare.
For once, this is not about labelling the gay community with nasty names. The rising drug use on the scene is of great concern. It wouldn't be so bad if we were just talking about E. Things like GHB and coke are much more dangerous and destructive. Possibly it is because of of the social culture. I suspect it is also because homophobia and isolation cause many gay people to bury themselves in drugs to numb their feelings. I am lucky because I work in a job where it is ok to be gay, my family are ok with my sexuality and I have lots of supportive friends. Sadly this is not the case for everyone - in fact, I am starting to realise that it is pretty rare. David Panter
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