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  • June is celebrated as LGBTQ+ Pride Month ahead of the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots.
  • In a panel addressing LGBTQ+ mental health, Drag Race contestant Gigi Goode spoke about her own struggles and journey.
  • LGBTQ+ people, especially youth, are disproportionately likely to have considered suicide in the past year.

“Talking about mental health makes it seem less threatening, and a bit more normalized – it’s so important for people to accept that they might have some issues to work through without any shame,” said Goode, whose legal name is Samuel Geggie, in a release. “I haven’t really been able to speak on mental health since having a public platform, and a lot has changed in terms of the help I’m getting and the way I treat myself.”

The runner up on season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race spoke with the medical director and a therapist at All Points North Lodge, a treatment center for mental health conditions, about the unique mental health issues the LGBTQ+ community faces amid continued stigma and discrimination.


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Goode, who is nonbinary, is also working on a new project with I-Heart Radio in collaboration with HBO Max's new show, "Generation," breaking down the queer experience for youth today. Suicide rates are especially high among LGBTQ+ youth, specifically transgender and gender-nonconforming youth, and the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the problem. The Trevor Project estimates that at least one LGBTQ+ person between the ages of 13 and 24 attempts suicide every 45 seconds, and more than 1.8 million LGBTQ+ youth seriously consider suicide each year. 


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At the same time, lawmakers across the country are targeting transgender and gender-nonconforming youth and their access to potentially lifesaving health care. But through digital technology and even artificial intelligence, advocates are trying to meet this need. 

“Kids are so often denied proper mental health services due to societal and family pressures. Having gone through a similar issue, I believe mental health information needs to be more accessible – not only for parents to understand, but kids as well. I am looking forward to sharing my story in the hopes that it helps others from suffering in silence. If my journey can have an impact on just one person that would bring me so much joy,” said Goode in a release. 


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Published on Jun 22, 2021