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Why Oneness is Not Incompatible with Identity Politics

In this article, we take a closer look at some of the implications of the argument that identity politics are antithetical to psychedelics’ teaching of “oneness.” We outline some of the potential harm in holding oneness as the ultimate psychedelic experience on which all healing depends, hypothesize that oneness may be a privileged and intrinsically heteronormative experience, and show that, even if oneness is indeed the ultimate truth revealed by psychedelics, it is not in fact incompatible with identity politics. To be clear, some people, including queer and trans people, have powerful and healing psychedelic experiences of oneness. We celebrate that. Our hope is that this article will help legitimize other kinds of experiences, encourage research on the LGBTQIAS2+ community and psychedelics, and debunk claims that focusing on identity and equity means one has not understood that “we are all one.”

Psychedelics and the Queer Art of Survival

At the beginning of this article, the author opens up about their traumatic history and how they sought the wisdom of psilocybin mushrooms to catalyze their healing process. Post-psychedelic experience, the author juxtaposes spirituality, mainly Christianity, with their belief of ‘queerness is that ability to survive in the midst of hell’ and calls for queer individuals to embrace entheogens as a sacred Eucharist.

Coming Out in Jamband Communities: A Queer Psychedelic History

Wednesday, August 26th from 12-1:30pm PST Featuring Steve Silberman in conversation with Jesse Jarnow  REGISTER HERE The communities of fans that grew up around improvising...

Where are all the Queer People?

Gregory Wells has been out of the closet since he was 16, but the process of coming out, he says, is never really over....

A Homosexual Marriage Experience in Santo Daime

Five years ago, we got married in Rio de Janeiro in a religious ritual of Santo Daime. Recently, Shelby Hartman published an article in...

10 Calls to Action: Toward an LGBTQ-Affirmative Psychedelic Therapy

Combating Heteronormative Paradigms in Psychedelic Science To my friends in the psychedelic community: we have rainbow skeletons in our closet. Many people do not realize...

I have HIV and ayahuasca and psilocybin have saved me

While I was in the jungle seeing if plant medicines could help my diagnosis, I remember my maestra asking me, “Well, how did you catch it?”...

Queer Voices Speak to the New Psychedelia

We listened to a critique of the limitations of mystical experience definitions when they are done solely through the lens of being white, straight,...

What can we learn from studying psychedelics in special populations?

Are gay people, women, and people of color so different that psychedelics would have such dissimilar action on them that it would warrant separate...

Why LGBTQI+ Members are Creating Their Own Ayahuasca Circles

In recent years, there’s been a growing conversation in the psychedelic community about how to make psychedelic spaces more inclusive. Last year, the Multidisciplinary Association...
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