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Intersectionality: people from the LGBTQIA+ community who use drugs

In this video Ruod Ariete from the Philipines speaks about the intersectionality of drug use among members of the LGBTQIA+ community

You might know harm reduction mostly as an intervention with people who use drugs. But many programmes working with other marginalised and criminalised communities, such as sex workers and the LGBTQIA+ community, also identify themselves as harm reduction programmes.

In this video you will hear from Ruod Ariete from the Philippines about the intersectionality of the LGBTQIA+ community that uses drugs. The Philippines is a conservative country with very punitive laws and a raging war on drugs.

He and his colleagues constantly face the harsh reality with their organisation NoBox, as they bravely try to convince their government to start an honest conversation about drugs and the ongoing discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ community.

In the video you will learn more about influencing policies throughout this course. Ernst will touch upon this in the step: “Including harm reduction into health policies” and the third week of this course is fully dedicated to advocacy and policy influencing.

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