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Calif. Lesbian, Gay And Bisexual Students More Likely To Feel Depressed, Abuse Substances Than Straight Peers

Rates of drug and alcohol abuse among LGB youth were also double that of their straight peers, and more than 60 percent reported feeling consistently sad for two weeks or more. “California is lucky to have the strongest statewide LGBT civil rights protections in the country but we know that that doesn’t necessarily translate to full, lived equality and that too many members of the LGBTQ community in California have unfortunately been left behind,” said Samuel Garrett-Pate, spokesman for Equality California.