Thurs 5th April, 6pm Central London
Sex and drugs have a long and complex relationship with our communities – impacting on both individuals and their social networks in different ways. There has been little research or public discussion about the patterns of drug use and mis-use among Black gay men in the UK, while anecdotal evidence suggests that illicit drug use and sex (chemsex) has become a problem for many.
BlackOutUK and 56 Dean Street are working together to create spaces where Black gay men and those supporting their health can discuss the implications of chemsex in our lives and co-create solutions that support men in making better-informed choices. With the UK Premiere screening of parTy boi: black diamonds in ice castles we are kicking off a series of events focused on the experiences of black queer men with chemsex, thanks to welcome support from our friends at Prepster.
The documentary parTy boi: black diamonds in ice castles focuses on methamphetamine addiction among LGBTQ people of colour in the US. It explores a drug epidemic that is effecting the lives of Black and Latino gay millennials at an alarming rate. parTy boi: black diamonds in ice castles features real stories of people who are thinking about using methamphetamine, dealing with the effects of usage, and surviving addiction.
In the past five years, crystal meth has spread through communities in New York City like wildfire. While the drug has gained newfound popularity with people of colour in larger cities, smaller towns are also being disproportionately devastated by the impact of ‘Tina’.
This independent film, directed by Micheal Rice, and produced by Rice Creative, is an untold tale from an urban perspective. It aims to change perceptions, spark debate, and educate LGBTQ youth around the world about crystal meth and drug addiction.
The screening will be followed by a Q+A with the film’s creator, Micheal Rice, with input from UK based experts and community voices.
Free tickets are available for students, unwaged and volunteers. Others are asked to make a small donation. Priority will be given to those who identify as black gay/bi/SGL/queer men and those who work to support their health.