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ACT UP NY Meth Group Film Screening: Crystal City

July 13, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

The ACT UP NY Meth Group in collaboration with the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, is proud to bring you a special screening of the documentary Crystal City. It will be followed by a panel and Q&A with director Terrence Crawford, Dr. David Fawcett and others. On Saturday July 13, 2019, from 6 to 10 PM in room 301 at the Center.

Synopsis:

Some call the 21st century the post-AIDS years, thanks to activism and new medications. New York and other centers of gay life have new generations of LGBTQ people who feel free and safe. Over the years, however, another ravaging threat has continued to rise: crystal meth, a synthetic drug that found quick and willing harbor in the gay dance and sex club scene. Delivering a manic rush to intensify physical and sexual activity, addiction is almost instantaneous. This frightening but hopeful documentary explores the myriad causes and effects of crystal meth addiction, charting the long (and sometimes agonizing) path to recovery. The stories bravely told by these men, either recovering or currently using, are raw, shocking, and honest. Both a warning siren and a beacon of hope, CRYSTAL CITY focuses on LGBTQ people even though this crisis touches everyone. After surviving AIDS as a powerful and joyful culture, the gay community must once again unite against a new killer.

Terrence Crawford is a documentary filmmaker who began his career directing short films in the San Francisco Bay Area. Terrence has worked as an assistant editor on “Queer Eye” for Netflix and as producer on Dan Rather’s “Fail State” for STARZ. Terrence received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from New York University

ACT UP NY Meth Group

Food and refreshments will be served. While this is a free event, RSVP is required.

The Meth epidemic follows the road laid down by the HIV epidemic working in synergy, and like HIV, Meth now threatens the most vulnerable among us. We recognize how powerful the Methamphetamine addiction is. For gay men, it is a drug intimately connected with sexual pleasure. It is introduced without warnings, in the bedroom when 2 or more gay men meet, to engage in what will be a nightlong sexual party and play orgy fueled by Meth, Tina or Crystal.

While when people become addicted is debatable, the desire for Meth can be triggered by anything sexual, anything or anyone connected with the use, any comments that has a sexual connotation, any image that provokes desire, by any desire. All that is happening while there is no efficient pharmacological treatment approved to treat meth addiction or the politically corrected meth use disorder. Yes, like cocaine, there is no treatment for meth. People are left to their own determination to quit it and the support of people like Dr. David Fawcett and places like the Center, which offers the support that people struggling with meth need to quit or take control of their lives back.

The ACT UP Meth Group mission is to raise community awareness about the meth epidemic, identify needs and offer resourses, based on a harm reduction philosophy, in an environment that is safe and free of shaming.