Proud and Out: Sexuality and Mental Illness

Creative Support stood proud last weekend at the Manchester Pride festival!

Pride is about raising awareness and celebrating the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community, and this year we did both!

Only 46 years ago it was a criminal offence to be homosexual, but now many LGBT people are ‘out’ and their social visibility has increased. The marriage act has gone through, which is a vital step towards total inclusion, but many still face discrimination, rejection, bullying and exclusion.

The parade through the city centre was an explosion of colours, sounds and euphoria for LGBT rights, with rainbows lighting up the city until the sun went down on Monday evening.

Amidst the celebrations was the Can You Hear Me event at the LGF (Lesbian and Gay Foundation), in conjunction with Time To Change.

This thought-provoking event aimed to “challenge the stigma faced by lesbian and bisexual women, living with a mental illness”. It featured kitchen installations designed by lesbian and bisexual women living with a mental illness. It showed people that mental illness can happen to anyone, anywhere and at anytime and reminded us to get talking about mental illness!

Evidence suggests that LGBT people have a higher risk of experiencing suicidal feelings, self-harm, drug or alcohol misuse and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. As with any socially excluded minority group, discrimination can fuel mental health problems.

But this weekend, Manchester worked hard to smash the stigma of LGBT mental illness and showed our true colours with gusto!

by Natasha Bolton, Marketing and Events Intern




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