This page brings together CBRC’s work and other useful resources related to the intersection of sex and drugs, with a particular focus on Party and Play (PnP) or chemsex subcultures within some 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities.
CBRC’s National PnP Project
In 2022, CBRC received funding through the Substance Use and Addictions Program to bring together community members, service providers, researchers, and policy makers to share knowledge and best practices related to PnP. The project also aimed to expand the Peer N Peer program, a peer-led queer substance use and sexual health program started by the Queer and Trans Health Collective (QTHC) in Edmonton and MAX Ottawa, to two new organizations AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia (ACNS) in Halifax and the Sexuality Education Resource Centre in Winnipeg.
Rooted in harm reduction principles, Peer N Peer meets people where they are at on their substance use and sexual journeys. Supports and services offered by the Peer N Peer team include: access to harm reduction supplies, peer support, education and outreach, and referrals to wrap-around services. Whether folks are looking to use substances more safely, change how substance use impacts their sex life, or stop using substances, Peer N Peer is there to offer culturally-competent, non-judgemental support to 2SLGBTQ+ folks who party.
Regional PeerNPeer Programs
PNP-related Projects and Resources
T4PnP: A Quick and Dirty Guide to Party ‘N Play Harm Reduction by and for Trans Folks
CBRC conducted interviews with some trans and non-binary folks across the country who PnP. This resource brings together tips, tricks, and perspectives on party ‘n play from trans and non-binary folks who have been there, done that.
“People have an impression about what these parties are which is so far from the truth”: Conversations with PnP harm reduction leaders
CBRC connected with some leading voices in the PnP response to take stock of interventions, identify needs and gaps, and find out what services could look like and how they should be coordinated. This is what they said.
Crystal Meth Project Report
This report provides an initial overview of results from the Crystal Methamphetamine Project. The aim of this project was to examine the experiences of sexual and gender diverse men, including trans-men and non-binary people related to crystal methamphetamine and related services and supports.
Webinar: Poppers – The Ban on Alkyl Nitrites in Canada
This webinar uses a harm reduction informed, sex positive lens to investigate the following: what poppers-related health problems are relevant to gay men in Canada, what impacts has the poppers ban had, and how can we respond as stakeholders in the community?
Response to Health Canada’s Policy on Poppers
CBRC’s key messages related to the ban on poppers in Canada.
Improving Substance Use Related Policies for Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Men
A brief submitted to the Standing Committee on Health for the Committee’s study of LGBTQ2 Health in Canada.
Substance Use Among GBT2Q
In 2021, the Sex Now survey asked GBT2Q people across Canada about how they chose to use substances and how our communities could be best supported. Over 3,800 people responded to these questions, and this is what we learned.