“Whenever we speak about or hear about sexualized drug use, it’s always negative.
People have an impression about what these parties are which is so far from the truth.”
Folks party and play (PnP) for a lot of reasons, many of which have to do with pleasure and connection. But a lot of the standard responses to PnP have been fear-based and stigmatizing. We see this in the media, in our communities, and in community-based organizations as well.
There are currently only a handful of harm reduction services across the country that are designed to meet the needs of two-spirit, gay, bi, trans, and queer men who have sex with men (2SGBTQ MSM) who party. Recognizing the importance of these services, CBRC connected with some leading voices to take stock of interventions, identify needs and gaps, and find out what services could look like and how they should be coordinated.
In the following article we explore key themes and lessons that came from these interviews. Read on to find some fresh takes on drug policy and decolonization, destigmatization, engaging peers, and creating programming that better serves the diverse needs of 2SGBTQ MSM who PnP.