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NALGAP Letter to DHHS Secretary Thompson
In a May 1, 2003 letter to Tommy Thompson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the NALGAP board expressed "deep concern" about reports that DHHS is attempting to censor funding applications to remove words like "homophobia" and "transgender."
Read letter. (PDF File, 26KB)

About LGBT Persons and Addiction...
NALGAP's document Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Problems & Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Individuals for an overview of of LGBT substance abuse issues (PDF File, 200KB)

NALGAP’s Position Statement on Reparative or Conversion Therapy
(PDF File, 233KB)

Policy Statement
NALGAP 1994 Prevention Policy Statement & Prevention Guidelines (PDF File, 128KB)

Training Curriculum
Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Individuals

A Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals (SAMHSA)

GAY COMMUNITY: High and at Risk

By Patrick Moore
Next weekend's gay pride festivities in Los Angeles are likely to be the usual rollicking celebration of battles won and hardships overcome. The gay community is rightfully proud of its response to the first decades of the AIDS epidemic. And we have reason to rejoice in ongoing civil rights advances. But, as we celebrate, there is still a vexing problem we need to come to terms with: the centrality of drugs and alcohol to gay culture. (Full article available and reprinted with permission of author.)

Finnegan, Dana G. & McNally, Emily B. (2002). Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Substance Abusers: Dual Identities. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc.

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) says lesbians and gay men should discuss substance use, alcohol and tobacco with their physicians or other health care providers. The recommendations come from a survey of GLMA members that produced lists of 10 health care concerns for the two groups. Read the recommendations for gay men and lesbians on the GLMA web site.

An LGBT Companion Document (PDF File, 3MG) to the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services’ national health objectives for the next ten years, Healthy People 2010, presents 120 lgbt-specific objectives, including sections on tobacco (PDF File, 255KB) and on substance abuse (PDF File, 232KB). This landmark project of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) involved several NALGAP members and other lgbt health professionals and advocates.

A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals (2001), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, DHHS, 192 pages. Printed copies may be ordered as Inventory Number BKD392 from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information (NCADI), toll-free, 1-800-729-6686, or from Download, print, or view a copy with Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF File, 590KB).


The Department of Public Health, Seattle & King County, under a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, has developed a web site related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender health. This site includes pages on Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and many other LGBT health topics.

GayHealth, a commercial website, has demonstrated its concern for lgbt substance abuse with the online archiving of numerous related articles and also offers files of the GLMA “LGBT Companion Document to Healthy People 2010.”


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