Chemstory is a podcast series created by gay, bisexual and queer men and non-binary people who share their experiences related to chemsex*.

Chemstory puts forward the voices of people with chemsex experience (recent or long-standing) to stimulate nuanced and compassionate conversations about the relationship between drugs, sex, harm and pleasure. Since each episode is produced by a different member of the community, you can listen to them in any order you like. 

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If you feel the need for support after listening to this podcast...

PARTICIPANTS WANTED Join the Chemstory Podcast on CHEMSEX/PNP!

Would you like to share your story and make your own podcast? We are looking for :

  • men (cis or trans) or non-binary people,
  • 18 years of age and older,
  • who have lived experience with chemsex (recent or past),
  • living on Canadian territory.

Participants will take part in podcast training (3 x 90-minute workshops) to create their podcast (in French and/or English). Voices can be modified to help promote anonymity. Financial compensation of up to $250 is available.

Throughout the project, participants will receive technical and technological support as needed to help them produce their podcast. Whether it's developing creative ideas, recording audio or editing, the team is there to support them and make the task easier.

"My participation in Chemstory allowed me to take time to reflect on my drug use in relation to my sexuality. It allowed me to take stock of the experiences I had had and it was very eye-opening to have a context to talk openly about it with others. I really enjoyed my experience of participating in this project!"

- Testimonial from a participant

Some photos of the Chemstory launch on June 1, 2023 at Café SAT

Photos : Maxime Leduc

We're in the news! (In french for the moment)


Principal Investigator
Olivier Ferlatte

Research Agent
Patrice St-Amour

Research Assistant
Maxim Gaudette

Maxime Blanchette, Jorge Flores-Aranda, Katherine Frohlich, Mathieu Goyette, Daniel Grace, Phillip Joy, Eric Mykhalovskiy and Travis Salway

Knowledge users
Alexandre Dumont-Blais (Rézo), Marianne Palardy (Association des intervenants en dépendance du QC) and Ben Klassen (Community-Based Research Centre)

Oh Mon Doux

Theme music
Tristan Alantar

Chemstory Chemstory has been approved by the Université de Montréal ethics committee (CERSES-20-157-D) and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The testimonials expressed in this podcast reflect individual experiences and personal opinions. Your own experiences and opinions may differ from those depicted.

* "Chemsex" is a contraction of the words "chemical" and "sex". Chemsex is the use of illicit drugs with the intention of having sex with these communities. It is also known as Party 'n' Play (PnP).