Shame is the feeling that lodges in a young man’s stomach when he searches his parent’s faces for acceptance, only to realize they made up their minds about gay people years ago.
Shame is the red fire of embarrassment on a teenage girl’s face when she’s called a dyke in the hallway at school for the first time.
Shame is the feeling that thousands of men and women feel when they are turned away from courthouses and forced to lie on their tax returns, all because their relationships are not valid in the eyes of the law.
To the outside observer, this shame is nothing more than an embarrassment for the LGBT community.
But according to Joseph Amico, president of the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies, this culture of shame is much more than embarrassment, though. In fact, it is the leading cause of addiction, and it is the reason why drug and alcohol abuse is higher in the LGBT community that it is among heterosexuals.
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