Published 27, Oct, 2014
Author // Guest Authors - Revolving Door

PositiveLite.com likes a brave and touching new video depicting how we in the LGBT community love, lose and support each other in the face of crystal meth addiction and recovery.


We at PositiveLite.com like this one a lot. Rather than editorialize, here’s what YouTube says  . .            

Falling, the third artistic and educational short in this series, created by Impulse Group (www.impulsegrp.org) and The Advisorie (www.advisorie.com), depicts how, in the gay community, we can both fall in love and fall apart.

According to recent studies, self-reported rates of methamphetamine use in Los Angeles by gay men have reached levels as high as 53%, and have not fallen below 11% in the past decade. Compared to non-users, users are more likely to report condomless anal intercourse and/or substance use during sex, both of which have been associated with increased HIV prevalence and/or transmission risk. As a result, HIV prevalence is significantly higher among gay men who report methamphetamine use. 

Our community gives us the opportunity to get ourselves in deep trouble, yet can also save us from complete destruction. Touching on the problem of crystal meth use and the fracturing of relationships, this film is thought-provoking, with a compelling and multifaceted story line.

Directed by John Saint-Denis, written by Ian Klein and Saint-Denis, produced by Chris Rallo and S.A. Bachman and filmed by Mimi Fuenzalida.

Starring Christopher Pelletier as Jonas, Peter Rothbard as Brian, Courtney Grant as Jeremy, and Namir Nasir as Billy.

The team’s first short, "Knowing" is a love story about a sero-discordant gay male couple. The film addresses knowing one's HIV status, communicating status, de-stigmatizing HIV, and choosing love. The response to the film was astounding. Critics and the targeted communities alike, gave the short wild praise for showing a realistic and provocative scenario without judgment or condescending tone.

The follow-up film, "Open", sought to look at the realities and ambiguities of the same sero-discordant couple when they open their bedroom to a third man. The film tackled the anxieties of getting tested, living with daily meds, and the complex, yet common realities of life as young gay men. In this film, the team decided to be more controversial, less obvious and less sentimental.

More info at www.impulsegrp.org

Notice: This video has been age-restricted by the uploader.

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Guest Authors - Revolving Door

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