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.
A powerful and potent new documentary 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 in to the dark underworld of modern, urban gay life.
I am particularly lucky that I have avoided the whole chem scene in my own little gay world – although, I see it all over the place and know many, many guys who have (or are) struggling with it. But, I am not immune. Years ago, during a business trip to New York City, I met someone at the Eagle NY who invited me to a party at his place where I slammed meth (intraveneously) for the first (and last) time. I have to admit that it was kickass and fortunately I was able to walk away from the scene the next day. With feelings of dread and guilt, I went on with life and happily avoided a similar scene again. It is easy to see why we get hooked.
It is jarring to be a close friend to someone and then not to see them for 8 months as they disappear into this world. But, friends who have conquered their own demons and returned to life are some of the strongest people I know.
VICE has been working on a documentary about lives affected by chemsex and the trailer is below. The film will debut in the UK on December 4.
Gus Kenworthy is the shit. This is tremendous news. Welcome to the team!
Olympic athlete and top-ranked, 24-year-old freeskier Gus Kenworthy is on the cover of ESPN and he’s telling the world finally that he’s gay. He’s the face of the X Games and is considered the “top freeskier on the planet.” He won Olympic silver at Sochi, but that didn’t mean that Kenworthy felt confident that his teammates or others would support him.”I never got to be proud of what I did in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn’t do,” Kenworthy says. “I didn’t want to come out as the silver medalist from Sochi. I wanted to come out as the best freeskier in the world.”Although he says that he’s known he was gay since he was 5, he only started coming out to his friends and family two years ago, according to the story.”I was insecure and ashamed,” he says. “Unless you’re gay, being gay has never been looked at as being cool. And I wanted to be cool.”Kenworthy says he was always asked about girlfriends and part of the stress was that he wanted a “TV boyfriend, explaining: “That’s actually something I want so bad — a TV boyfriend.”(We also remember when he adopted those cute puppies, and everyone wanted to be his friend.)It turns out this story by Alyssa Roenigk is part of ESPN’s ongoing series exploring what it means to be an openly gay athlete at the moment and will include stories focused on Derrick Gordon, Megan Rapinoe, Chris Mosier, and others. ESPN The Magazine’s “Being Out” issue on newsstands Oct. 30.
via Olympic Freeskier Gus Kenworthy Comes Out | Out Magazine.
He ain’t bad looking, either.