What are chemical practices?
Chemical practices are the use of chemicals (or substances, drugs, etc.) to transform or enhance aspects of our sexual and gendered experiences. While the use of chemicals to achieve normal functioning is widely accepted, investigating these practices in the context of sexuality and gender variance potentially offers unique insights into the broad range of chemical practices and the significance of these practices for bodies.
LGBTQ cultures are concerned with pleasure, risk, care and intimate experimentation, and the proximity of these concerns offers the opportunity to generate new ways of thinking about the place of drugs in social life. By considering together substances that, because of their varying legal status, are rarely recognised as linked, this project will generate new perspectives on how risk, care and pleasure can inform and/or interfere with each other across a range of different settings.
Aims of the study
To investigate the factors associated with different chemical practices in a broad sample of LGBTQ people in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (VIC).
To explore the effects that LGBTQ people value in their chemical practices.
To describe how people learn about drugs and drug effects.
To describe the ways in which people procure the drugs they consume.
To investigate the factors associated with different chemical practices in a broad sample of LGBTQ people in Victoria and NSW.
Mapping and analysis of programs and policies that address LGBTQ chemical practices.
Qualitative interviews with service providers & policy-makers in NSW & Victoria
In-depth, qualitative interviews with LGBTQ drug consumers in NSW & Victoria
An online survey with LGBTQ drug consumers in NSW & Victoria
Who funds us?
This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The ARC is a legally constituted entity, independent of government. It runs a competitive grant scheme called the Discovery Program. Applications to this scheme take the form of original research proposals which are assessed by academic experts in the relevant fields of study.
This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committees (HREC) at the University of Sydney (project number: 2017/735), and also the ACON Research Ethics Review Committee, and the Victorian AIDS Council’s Research, Promotion and Ethics Committee.