Happy Pride Month! June was created to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people have had on the world. LGBTQIA + groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for people lost to hate crimes and HIV / AIDS, and other group gatherings. It is also important to recognize that the LGBTQIA + community has been impacted by a variety of mental health issues, including problem gambling. Problem gambling is any time a person’s life is negatively affected by their gambling habits. It could be financial difficulties, relationship or partner issues, conflicts with work and school, and even result through criminal behavior.
Unfortunately, research on the prevalence of gambling addiction within the LGBTQIA + community is limited. However, the information available suggests that there is a correlation between problem gambling and those who identify as gay, bisexual and transgender. A 2006 US study reported that 21% of 105 men seeking treatment for problem gambling identified as gay or bisexual. This percentage is seven times higher than the (reported) rate of gay and bisexual men in the general population (21% vs. 3%), raising the possibility that gay / bisexual men are at increased risk for problem gambling ( Grant, JE, and Potenza, MN, 2006). Additionally, a 2015 Australian study reported that 20.2% of 69 LGBT participants met the DSM V criteria for gambling disorders. Pub / slot games (58%) and scratch games (43%) ) were most common among LGBTI populations. The amount spent ranged from $ 1,000 to $ 3,000 per month. The reasons were “because it’s fun” and “because I love the feel”.