...wasn't the Christian protesters. It was seeing so many young queers—and so many old ones—puffing away on cigarettes. Seattle Center was so fucking smoky you would've thought the Space Needle was on fire. Pathetic:
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are among the biggest users of tobacco, according to a recently released report. The American Lung Association's latest health disparity report, Smoking Out a Deadly Threat: Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community, examined the trend of higher tobacco use among the LGBT community and the need for additional research specific to that demographic. The study indicates the LGBT population smokes at a higher rate than the general public. Data show that gay, bisexual and transgender men are up to 2.5 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual men. Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are up to twice as likely to smoke as straight women.
- It's a Nice Thought...
Society really fucks with our heads, I realize, and gay people don't raise ourselves to hate ourselves. But it would be nice if, as folks came out, they worked to shed the self-destructive bullshit—drug abuse (not to be confused with responsible drug use), drowning themselves in booze (not to be confused with a refreshing dip now and then), insane amounts of promiscuous and often unsafe sex (not to be confused with sane amounts of promiscuous and safer sex), and cigarettes (don't be confused: there's no reason to smoke cigarettes at all, ever)—along with the shame.
But way too many don't.