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Alcohol is Still a Drug-LGBTQ Substance Misuse


What would a night at the club or a day at the softball field be without a few drinks? Due to many factors, LGBTQ people use alcohol and other drugs at rates 2-5 times higher than cisgender heterosexual peers. Internalized stigma, minority stress, and trauma all play a role, but a central factor is that the social spaces where LGBTQ people gather are uniquely designed for heavy drinking. Bisexual, Pansexual, and Queer women are particularly susceptible to binge drinking and alcohol overuse.

This webinar will explore the ways that alcohol has shaped the landscapes of LGBTQ lives and present practical intervention strategies to support sexual and gender minority people who want to change their relationship with drinking.


  • Explore the prevalence and dynamics of alcohol use within LGBTQ communities.
  • Describe substance use screening instruments and best practices for brief intervention with those who wish to address drinking behaviors in their lives.
  • Develop a toolbox of skills, tools, and affirming attitudes to support LGBTQ people in all stages of substance use recovery.


Kate Bishop headshotKate Bishop, MSSA, the Education Coordinator at the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton, is a seasoned professional development trainer with expertise in working with LGBTQ populations, sexual and reproductive health care, adolescent development, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. She is certified as a trainer through GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) as well as SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Before joining the Chase Brexton team, she developed the capacity-building program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine‚Äôs STAR TRACK Adolescent HIV program, providing cultural responsiveness trainings for agencies that serve sexual minority youth of color. Ms. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from Hiram College and a Master in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.

Starts: Aug. 24, 2022 1:00 pm
Ends: Aug. 24, 2022 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
August 24, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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