Straight jacket: How to be gay and happy by Matthew Todd

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Club Soda members say:

“Just read this. Amongst other things, it talks about why and how addiction starts (booze, drugs etc), particularly in gay people where it is very prevalent, but also how it can be conquered. It’s fascinating and sometimes hard to read, with many examples of how people have overcome their own addictions. I kept thinking ‘yep that was me’ or ‘oh yes I did that too’… Give it a go… you don’t even need to be gay to read it. I won’t tell!” Richard

Amazon says:

Written by Matthew Todd, editor of Attitude, the UK’s best-selling gay magazine, Straight Jacket is a revolutionary clarion call for gay men, the wider LGBT community, their friends and family. Part memoir, part ground-breaking polemic, it looks beneath the shiny facade of contemporary gay culture and asks if gay people are as happy as they could be – and if not, why not?

In an attempt to find the answers to this and many other difficult questions, Matthew Todd explores why statistics show a disproportionate number of gay people suffer from mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts and behaviour, and why significant numbers experience difficulty in sustaining meaningful relationships. Bracingly honest, and drawing on his own experience, he breaks the silence surrounding a number of painful issues


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