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Our wonderful team of writers decided that November’s theme was going to be Mental Health. So we’ve lined up some interesting, informative interviews and features which we will published through out the month of November.

The sad fact is that mental health issues disproportionately affect the LGBT community. Studies show that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people are more likely to suffer higher levels of anxiety, depression and suicide. The reasons for these feelings range from a number of external factors including hostility, bullying, violence and prejudice, which is still rife today – even in one of the world’s most progressive countries like the UK. We need only look at Nick Griffin’s outburst last month in response to Michael Black’s and John Morgan’s discrimination case and win brought against Susanne Wilkinson, a B&B owner who refused them a bed on the grounds of her beliefs. Even though Nick may be a minority in his thoughts, his words will carry weight for some, and his call to intimidate the gay couple in their own home, will reverberate worryingly amongst many in our community.

One in four people will suffer some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year and British men are three times as likely to commit suicide than British women, most commonly men under the age of 35.

As the days get colder and shorter and as Christmas time approaches many lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people may find themselves in challenging situations, feeling mounting pressures and worried about their place in the world, but there is help available and we’re going to uncover options you may not have realise existed.

Also this month we’re very excited to welcome mega group Steps to our front cover. They’ve a new single, album, tour and fragrance out. When you couple this with interviews from Jo Caulfield, Pam Ann, Adi Nes and Stonewall Awards Nominee Tim Franks, you’ll find TheGayUK is bursting with goodness this November.

As always, TheGayUK is a community-led platform and we want you to get involved. If you’re affected by the theme and want to write an article, or contribute in whatever way you can. We encourage you to get in touch. We want to hear your stories.

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