June is pride month, which typically means a month of celebration amongst the LGBTQ+ community. While pride is (and should be) a massive party honoring the progress, visibility and diversity within the community- it can also be a struggle for those who don’t drink alcohol.
The pride movement itself has been historically rooted in drinking culture. Pride is celebrated in June because the month falls on the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings, which stemmed from a bar raid after police in New York started to crack down on gay bars in the city. These bars served as community centers early on, and evolved from underground venues to now mainstream nightlife.
Queer bars continue to serve to the masses, but there are downsides to drinking within the LGBTQ+ community. The community faces a higher likelihood of substance abuse disorders and a greater rate of binge drinking than the general population.
'Alcohol abuse can be amplified by stress and stigma, as well as from limited resources and discrimination (though if you do need help, here’s a great place to start). Yet festivals like pride are often viewed as big day parties, with parades and parties all weekend long.