Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Sep 24, 2019

Last week, Jonathan Van Ness, star of Queer Eye, came out with his memoir and an interview with NY Times about life managing HIV, sexual abuse, and drug addiction. They are all pressing issues in the queer community and in this episode, we dive into drugs.
Whether we like to admit it or not, drugs are all around us. They are at parties, festivals, and even the bars we frequent. Both legal and illegal drugs are being used and abused and for us to build a more mature relationship with it - it is to talk about them openly.
In this episode, we cover:
  • Why are drugs prevalent in gay and Asian culture?
  • History of drug use in gay culture
  • Prevalence of drugs on gay dating apps
  • Chemsex culture
  • Drawing the line between personal responsibility and encouragement
  • The G epidemic in gay culture
  • A look into drug consumption worldwide
  • The opioid epidemic in the US
  • Drug laws and regulations across Asia
  • Impact of drug liberalization
  • How to manage drug culture when it is around us
LGBTQIA Resources:
  • LGBTQIA Youth Talkline (ages 23 and under)
    • 1-800-96-YOUTH
    • Mon–Sat, 9.30 pm–12 am EST
    • Tue, 7 pm–12 am EST
  • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Youth Hotline (ages 23 and under)
    • 1.800.773.5540
    • Mon–Fri, 12 pm–8 pm EST
  • Gay and Lesbian National Hotline
    • 1-888-843-4564
    • Mon–Fri, 4 pm–12 am EST
  • Trans Lifeline
National Hotlines:
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
  • Trevor Suicide Prevention Line
    • 1-800-850-8078
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • HIV/AIDS/STD Line
    • 1-800-342-2437
  • HIV/AIDS Treatment Info Services
    • 1-800-448-0440
    • TDD: 1-888-480-3739
    • Mon–Fri, 12 pm–5 pm EST
  • Covenant House’s Nine Line (a crisis line for youth and their families)
    • 1-800-999-9999
  • National Runaway Switchboard
    • 1-800-231-6946
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline
    • 1-800-HIT-HOME
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Hotline
    • 1-800-821-4357
  • Alcohol Hotline
    • 1-800-252-6465
  • Drug Abuse Hotline
    • 1-800-888-9383
Show References:
If you have any topics you’d love to hear covered, you can email me at
So much love for you and I’ll talk to you later. Ciao. ♥️
You can follow me at: