JULY 17: Chemsex Town Hall

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Chemsex, which involves using drugs as part of a sexual routine, is prevalent in the gay community and is often referred to as PnP (party and play). This practice includes using methamphetamines in conjunction with sexual activities, posing risks such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, and potentially fatal overdoses.

The fentanyl crisis has increased the dangers, with many overdoses in LA County involving both methamphetamine and synthetic opioids. Approximately half of the total accidental overdose cases in the county involve these substances.

The town hall will take place on Wednesday, July 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046.

The forum aims to provide a non-judgmental, drug-forward, and sex-positive space for discussion.

 

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hifi5000
hifi5000
3 days ago

Not mentioned in this article if the town hall will be steamed.If this will be on WeHo TV, the local cable service channel,it should be on Youtube as well.

Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
Harambe's Vengeful Ghost
5 days ago

Being judgmental saves lives. Absolutely shame people for this.

Edwin Sanchez
Edwin Sanchez
5 days ago

Hi there, I would love to attend this but would like to know who’s the narrator or who is leading?

West
1 day ago
Reply to  Edwin Sanchez

Selma Snakeoil of the Sidewalk Project is the guest speaker. Her many years of on-the-ground experience is fascinating, agree with her policy prescriptions or not. Generally, I support harm reduction and destigmatization efforts like The Sidewalk Project— the issue is when harm reduction is over-emphasized while more substantive prevention efforts go unaddressed. There’s big reasons why the addiction crisis persists; Big-Pharma’s grip on care ‘solutions’ (sans liability), historical State-facilitated drug trafficking, economic decay and stagnated upward social mobility… not to mention the spiritual demoralization that accompanies it. RFK Jr, for example, has proposed a comprehensive national plan to reform regulatory… Read more »

WestHoBornRaised
WestHoBornRaised
6 days ago

what is the point of this? having a town hall is not going to stop gay men from partying, we’ve been doing it since the 70s, the drugs just change.

a better use of resources would be perhaps to take up as space on bill boards jn the city with in your face add & pics and a number for help?

inviting people to come to a park and chat is akin to a CMA meeting and that is self identified and offers a solution. a chat doesn’t go far enough but good luck…

BloodshotEyedGuy
BloodshotEyedGuy
6 days ago

Being non-judge mental is great, but I hope this event encourages the community to abstain from and renounce the use of hard drugs. Otherwise, such events risk normalizing harmful behavior. For instance, a prominent gay club in L.A. once considered naming a weekly event “Addicted.” Thankfully, other gay men in that circle intervened, and the name was changed. While “sex sells,” we should strive to eliminate the association between drugs and sexy advertising or events. (No offense to the great My Chemical Romance, which was named after the Irvine Welsh book “Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance.”) 🎶

Last edited 6 days ago by BloodshotEyedGuy
Ken Howard, LCSW, CST

It is great that this event is taking place! We need many resources in the community for those in recovery and those at risk. Helping gay men in recovery has been a huge part of my very long, 32 years, career as a gay men’s specialist psychotherapist in West Hollywood and broader Los Angeles County. There are many physical, psychological, relational, and social aspects to these challenges. I hope this is the first of many new and refreshed resources for community support.

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