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Out in TimeThe Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation$
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Perry N. Halkitis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190686604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190686604.001.0001

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Party and Play

Party and Play

(p.147) Chapter 8 Party and Play
Out in Time

Perry N. Halkitis

Oxford University Press

Substance use, often in combination with sex, referred to as “party and play (PNP),” defines lives of gay men across generations and across all stages of life. Alcohol and drug use among gay men is precipitated by psychosocial burdens such as loneliness and diminished self-worth, the mental health difficulties experienced within the population, and the physical challenges associated with sex itself. The reliance on drug use is catalyzed by the homophobia of American society, but is also normalized within the community itself. The use of alcohol and other drugs also is intimately linked to the expectations of masculinity within the gay population, the drive for physical and sexual perfection, and the racism and discrimination experienced by gay men both within and outside the gay community. Ultimately, drugs serve as facilitators for the fantastical sex sought by many gay men and thus use of noninjection drugs that are hypersexualizing, such as methamphetamine and inhalant nitrates, has been implicated in the ongoing presence of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the gay population.

Keywords:   alcohol and drug use, drug-sex link, community norms, mental health, masculinity, party and play, HIV, STIs

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