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Loneliness is a common feeling, but everyone’s experiences of loneliness are different and unique to them. LGBTQ+ people are more likely to be lonely than cis-het people. This loneliness can stem from a variety of factors: we’re more likely to be disconnected from our families, or have problems finding other people like us who we can connect with. Older LGBTQ+ people may experience heightened loneliness and feelings of disconnection from a queer community that’s increasingly centered around young folks. While loneliness by itself isn’t a mental health problem, it can certainly take its toll on your mind and body. (See Family, Community and Belonging)

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