Suicide Tuesday: Gay Men and the Crystal Meth Scare

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Crystal methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth,” has rocked national news headlines as the often deadly party drug of choice for gay and bisexual men. The recent media blitz around the so-called “AIDS supervirus” was only one of virtually thousands of earlier stories that laid the blame for an outbreak of new HIV transmission among gay men on impaired judgment brought about by crystal meth use. The low-priced stimulant—which can be snorted, smoked, ingested, or injected—increases its user’s heart rate, blood pressure, and stamina, while decreasing the need for food and sleep. Health experts estimate that 22 percent of all gay men have tried crystal meth at least once. Heterosexuals, including teenage girls, have also joined the millions of crystal meth users and addicts.

In Suicide Tuesday, Duncan Osborne, the leading journalist on the topic of gay men and crystal meth, offers a critical, clear-eyed look on the history of crystal meth, its effect on gay men, its alleged link to HIV transmission, the gay community’s response to the reported epidemic, as well as the media’s role in fostering public awareness but also sex panic among gay people.

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"A beautiful and provocative book. Doyle convincingly argues that visual culture is inherently sexed and that the study of images tells us something crucial about how we inhabit the world." - Amelia Jones, author of Self/Image

"Like a brassy fag hag crashing a gay sex party, Jennifer Doyle mixes it up here with a queer lot. Whether she's just watching or actively participating, whether turned on or bored, thinking or crying, or most likely all of these at once, Doyle shows us how crucial a queer feminist perspective is to understanding the erotics of art." -- Douglas Crimp, author of Melancholia and Moralism

About the Author:

Duncan Osborne is the leading journalist reporting on the topic of crystal meth in the gay community. He is a contributing reporter to Out and The Advocate as well as serving as Associate Editor for Gay City New. His first story on meth was published in 2000 and since then has written a great deal about the drug, the community and law enforcement responses to meth, and the drug's connection to HIV and AIDS. He is also a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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