Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, San Francisco, California

June 1 and 2 2019, 9 am to 6 pm

This 2-day conference is part of Chacruna’s Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities speaker series. It highlights the voices of queer visionaries within the psychedelic community as well as examines the history of psychedelics from queer and non-binary perspectives. As the so-called psychedelic renaissance reaches a pivotal moment of mainstream interest and regulatory legitimacy, it is vital that traditionally under-represented communities share a seat at the table and have their voices heard so as to ensure access to all the benefits that psychedelics and plant medicine offer. Additionally, it is vital that queer spaces be established for exploring the unique needs, gifts, and strengths that LGBTQI communities bring to psychedelics and psychedelic medicine. 

Promotion: Chacruna 

Co-Sponsor: MAPS and Soltara


– 2 Day Full Conference Ticket: $165
– 1 Day Pass (Saturday or Sunday) Ticket: $90
– Student Discount Ticket: $80
– Scholarship Tickets Available – Please apply!

More speakers and registration soon!

Scholarship Tickets Available:

Chacruna reserves a selection of scholarship tickets for those with limited financial means. For Queering Psychedelics, priority is being given to queer people of color, however everyone is encouraged to apply.  If you would like to apply for a scholarship ticket, please send us a brief statement (250 words max) describing your interest in attending the conference and why you should receive a scholarship ticket. We will begin reviewing all applications after the deadline on April 15th and will notify those who have been awarded scholarship tickets on May 1st. 

Deadline To Apply: April 15th, 2019
Notification of Award: May 1st, 2019

Please email your application statement to: Jae Sevelius – by April 15th, 2019.


Jae Sevelius – Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy for Transgender and Gender Diverse People

Erik Davis  – Queer Psychedelia and the Counterculture

Brian T. Anderson – Psilocybin-assisted Group Therapy for Demoralization in Long-term HIV/AIDS Survivors

Ariel Vegosen – Psychedelics, Gender Expansion, and Unique Healing Needs of the Trans, GNC, and Non-Binary Community 

Bett Williams – Sovereign Queer; Growing Psilocybin Mushrooms at Home

Gregory Wells – Healing, Growth, and Transformation in LGBTQ Communities: The Potential of Psychedelics

Clancy Cavnar – “It’s Cool to Be Gay”: Psychedelics, Sexuality and Self-Acceptance

Kevon Adrian Simpson – TBA

Alexander Belser – A Queer Critique of the Psychedelic “Mystical Experience” 


Adam Knowles PgDip is a member of the Charuna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities Working Group and also contributes articles. He is a London-based existential psychotherapist trained at Regent’s University (UK) and maintains a small private psychotherapy practice after a 20+ year career leading teams in technology. He is a member of professional bodies the BACP and the SEA, and due soon to be accredited by the UKCP. He is currently conducting research into the experience of those in the UK with ayahuasca and its therapeutic potential. Adam has published articles in the Reflections Journal about psychotherapy training and the Hermeneutic Circular on developments in Clinical Psychology. Past interests include campaigns to promote LGBT humanism. Current interests are crypto/blockchain and psychedelics, particularly ayahuasca, and the intersection of these developing technologies with psychotherapy.

Alex Theberge, MFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based out of San Francisco specializing in psychedelic integration and support. He has been exploring psychedelics for 25 years, has spent several years living in the Peruvian Amazon studying ayahuasca shamanism and facilitating plant medicine ceremonies, and continues to lead plant medicine retreats to Peru. Previously, Alex worked at the University of California San Francisco’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute where he was a staff therapist and Program Manager in the Partial Hospitalization Program.  Alex has a 15 year history of working in diverse clinical and healing settings including community mental health, residential treatment, and hospice care.

Alexander Belser, Ph.D. is a Clinical Research Fellow at Yale University, where he works to develop affirmative psychotherapies for LGBTQ people.  His research with sexual minority people has focused on preventing suicide among adolescents and on the protective role of gay-straight alliances for students. Dr. Belser was a founding member of the Psychedelic Research Group at NYU in 2006 and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at NYU’s master’s program in Counseling. He has been involved in a number of different psychedelic studies on depression, anxiety, OCD, addiction, trauma, and among religious leaders.  He also serves as a study therapist for the MAPS study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. He serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Psychopharmacology, and has published peer-reviewed articles on topics such as psychedelic mysticism, altruism, patient experiences in psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, cancer and psychedelic therapy, case studies, and psilocybin treatment. His writing is available at, and his private practice site is

Ariel Vegosen is a gender and diversity inclusion expert, professional facilitator, trainer, educator, writer, consultant, performance artist, liberation advocate, public speaker, healer, and lover of life. Ariel is the founder of Gender Illumination ( and Gender Blender ( – organizations dedicated to creating safer spaces for trans and non-binary people through the tools of education, policy reform, and community building. For the past 16 years Ariel has facilitated trainings, workshops, retreats, and written curriculum for organizations, corporations, non-profits, schools, health care providers, universities, and faith based groups all over the U.S. and internationally. Ariel has facilitated Gender Inclusivity and Diversity Trainings for major tech companies, policy institutions, healing centers, and communities. Ariel is the creator and facilitator ofDrugs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – a workshop designed to address both the benefits of psychedelic healing as well as the challenges of drug misuse, addiction, and overdose. Based on participants feedback and call to action from this workshop, Ariel is committed to creating a Queer Zendo and training psychedelic therapists in the specific needs of LGBTQ and all marginalized communities. Ariel is a ritualist, ordained Kohenet Priestess, and graduate from the Pacific School of Religion Changemaker Fellowship with a Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change. Along with gender justice, Ariel’s work focuses on intersectionality, consent, commitment to working from an anti-oppression lens, and creating communities across diverse cultural backgrounds. Ariel loves to play with pronouns, bring joy into all aspects of life, and creatively spark conversations and connections. Ariel is available for trainings, workshops, teaching, consulting, healing, ritual sessions, performing, and speaking engagements.  

Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Executive Director of Chacruna ( She is Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, and Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Guadalajara. She is also Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is co-founder of the Drugs, Politics, and Culture Collective, in Mexico (, and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil, as well as editor of NEIP’s website ( She is author, co-author, and co-editor of eighteen books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles (

Bett Williams is the author of The Wrestling Party and Girl Walking Backwards, recently named by Vogue Magazine as one of the top ten queer young adult books. Her recently completed memoir, The Wild Kindness, is about her 7-year experience of growing psilocybin mushrooms in New Mexico. She was a featured speaker at the Horizons Perspectives on Psychedelics Conference 2018 in NYC.  On her radio show Planet Juniper (KMRD Madrid Community Radio,) she interviewed poets she has hosted at her desert retreat, such as Ariana Reines, CA Conrad and others. With Beth Hill, she continues to support artists and writers through hosting retreats and events in keeping with the metaphor of the mycelium, the mushroom’s interconnected web that bears the fruit of a mutually shared vision.

Brian T. Anderson is a psychiatrist and postdoctoral fellow at the San Francisco VA and the University of California San Francisco where he is the study lead for the university’s first clinical trial of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy. Brian has also been a member of the Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos (NEIP) since 2006 and currently is Associate Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines. Over the past decade he has conducted ethnographic research with ayahuasca religions, 12-Step recovery groups, and other communities of substance users in North America, South America and Europe.

Clancy Cavnar has a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. She currently works in private practice in San Francisco, and is an Associate Director at Chacruna ( She is also a research associate of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP). She combines an eclectic array of interests and activities as clinical psychologist, artist, and researcher. She has a master of fine arts in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, a master’s in counseling from San Francisco State University, and she completed the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is author and co-author of articles in several peer-reviewed journals and co-editor, with Beatriz Caiuby Labate, of eight books. For more information see:

Erik Davis is an author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and independent scholar based in San Francisco. His wide-ranging work focuses on the intersection of alternative religion, media, an the popular imagination. He is the author, most recently, of Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica. He also wrote The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape, a short critical volume on Led Zeppelin, and the celebrated TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. Erik’s scholarly and popular essays on music, technoculture, and spirituality have appeared in scores of books, magazines, and journals, and his writing has been translated into a dozen languages. He explores the “cultures of consciousness” on his long-running weekly podcast Expanding Mind, on the Progressive Radio Network. Davis been interviewed by CNN, the BBC, public radio, and the New York Times. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, and earned his PhD in religious studies at Rice University. His next book, High Weirdness: Drugs, Visions, and Esoterica in the Seventies, will be out in the Spring of 2019 through MIT Press and Strange Attractor.

Gregory Wells, PhD is a a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently works as a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He is is also a clinical researcher as part of the MAPS-sponsored research trial of MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD where he is in the roles of co-principal investigator and co-therapist. He is also a co-founder of Polaris Insight Center ( where he provides ketamine assisted psychotherapy and conducts research on the efficacy of ketamine to treat depression and other issues. Other interests include travel, traditional shamanic healing practices, and plant medicines.

Jae Sevelius, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and is a licensed clinical psychologist. At the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, Dr. Sevelius’ community-led research is focused on leveraging data to develop and evaluate transgender–specific, trauma-informed interventions to promote holistic health and wellness among transgender people, with an emphasis on serving transgender women of color and those affected by HIV in California and São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Sevelius holds a Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Sevelius’ research and clinical interests lie at the intersections of social justice, sexuality, health, and identity.

Kevon Adrian Simpson is Founder of Entheogen Integration Circle (NYC). He is a two-spirit medicine man within the plant medicine paths of Peru, a psychedelic world traveler, and a multidisciplinary artist born into a Jamaican lineage of healers.

Let’s explore the intersection between queer culture and psychedelics! Join us!

LSD blotter Pink Flamingos: “This print depicts 40 hits that were originally issued circa 1987. A celebration of 10 different personality types on these magnificent four-ways.”  (Mark McCloud, in