By: Guest Writer Steven Haden
June 1, 2022
While Pride season is a time of expressing one’s authentic self and celebrating one’s LGBTQ+ identity, it can also be a challenging time for queer folks in recovery or struggling with substance use. There are endless parties, drink specials galore, and many Pride events are sponsored by alcohol, cannabis, and tobacco companies looking to cash in on a fabulous time. While I don’t begrudge anyone from enjoying a substance-fueled celebration (I gladly attended many myself before getting sober), if you are a person who is concerned about your relationship with drugs or alcohol or just someone who wants to experience various events with a clear head, Pride can be a triggering or even dangerous set of events.