This timely, shocking and important documentary explores the increasing popularity amongst gay men of using libido-enhancing drugs during sexual encounters. The practice is seen as a significant factor in the rise of HIV diagnoses in London, while its presence on the gay party scene is becoming more and more widespread thanks to the use of online hook-up apps such as Grindr.
“Vulnerable gay men with issues around sex, new drugs that tapped into that problem and changing technology. What they call the perfect storm”
Chemsex: the name given to the rising phenomenon which refers to the use of drugs in a sexual context. Often referring to group sex that can last for days, the allure of chemsex has lead to many young men being trapped in a vicious circle of sex, addiction and dependence.
This powerful and potent film tells the stories of gay men whose lives have been affected by the crisis; from self-confessed ‘slammers’ to sexual health workers, from those who deny there’s a problem to those who ‘got out alive’.
Offering unprecedented access, CHEMSEX is a brave and unflinching journey into the hidden world of modern, urban gay life.
Please note the is an 18 Certificate film
This is a community engagement event with Barking & Dagenham's LGBT Community that live and work in the borough. We are also hoping that the film screening will increase the knowledge and understanding of a range of professionals in particular health and substance workers.
This is a partnership event between LB Barking & Dagenham; BD CVS; The Broadway, Barking; Rainbow Redbridge; Terrance Higgins Trust; Positive East; Dean Street Wellbeing Programme and Peccadillo Pictures.
Please remember to print your ticket off as this can be redeemed against a complimentary soft drink on arrival at the theatre
Light refreshments will be available
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