Rainbow Network Online Community of Practice

Next Meeting November 9, 2-3:30pm

Community of Practice, AOD use

In this session we will focus on LGBTIQA+ young people and alcohol and other drug (AOD) use.

Rates of AOD use (including smoking) amongst LGBTQIA+ youth are higher than same aged non-LGBTQIA+ peers.

The teenage years can be the time when AOD use begins, but AOD services are often not set up well for queer young people, and specialised queer youth services may not have an AOD program.

What are some of the reasons that the LGBTIQA+ young people you work with are using AODs? How much does the club, party and bar scene which was a big part of queer youth culture pre-COVID, contribute to AOD use? And what role do normalised drugs such as cigarettes and alcohol play in young people’s lives compared to more stigmatised illicit drugs?

As part of this discussion, you will also have an opportunity to debrief and connect with peers.
This session will run for 1.5 hours.