Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities Working Group

The Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities Working Group is an initiative of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines. We are dedicated to fostering accessibility and diversity in psychedelic science, practice, and discourses, addressing and dismantling sexist, heteronormative, transphobic and homophobic forms of oppression, and allying with other under-represented communities to combat oppressive practices in psychedelic communities and science. We envision collective practices where people who have been traditionally marginalized may share a seat at the table and have their voices heard to ensure equitable access to the benefits that psychedelics and plant medicine offer. We cover social, political, ethical, and therapeutic perspectives affecting women and sexual and gender minority people. We are committed to promoting the presence of people of color, women and LGBTQI+ people in the field (conferences, events, documentaries, media interviews etc.,) and to further psychedelic research of, by, and for sexual and gender minority people, as well as advising providers on LGBTQI+ affirmative practices in psychedelic medicine research, policy, and practice.

For more information, write to Clancy Cavnar

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Chacruna’s Women in the History of Psychedelic Plant Medicines Series Call for Articles

The history of psychedelics has often emphasized the contributions made by leading researchers, breakthrough therapists, and champions of a psychedelic ethos. It just so happens, that most of the figures whose names were on the scientific papers or political placards, were men. But, behind the scenes and even in the same rooms, women and junior colleagues were also working for a psychedelic future. Whether nurses, therapists, healers, interns, wives, or subjects themselves, women’s perspectives on the history of psychedelics help us to highlight a more inclusive past and perhaps a more diverse set of priorities when it comes to charting a psychedelic future. This call for articles invites you to participate in reclaiming this past, and revisiting this history to include perspectives that have been forgotten, buried, or under-acknowledged. The focus in this series is on women, but we welcome all contributions that engage with ideas of gender in psychedelic history, particularly perspectives that help to bring attention to previously unrecognized contributions or perspectives.

For more information, and submissions write to guest editor Erika Dyck at:

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Chacruna’s Sex, Power and Psychedelics Series Call for Articles

Chacruna’s Sex, Power & Psychedelics series explores pervasive cultural dynamics related to sex and power as they manifest in psychedelic research, science and communities. This series features reflections and research from individuals navigating  gender, race, power and sexuality as they intersect with the personal use and study of consciousness-altering substances. In this series, we explore how psychedelics can reveal and reform institutional and intellectual forces perpetuating sexual oppression, abuse and inequality, and welcome stories from those seeking to transform them. The series seeks submission for original articles related to this topic. 

For more information, and submissions write to Emily Sinclair at:

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Chacruna’s Queering Psychedelics Series Call for Articles

Psychedelics have encompassed a colorful history of the enchanted, wayward, and weird; its history also includes concrete ways queer folk have fundamentally shaped the substance, style, and spirituality of the psychedelic movement; at the same time, some queer people have been harmed by psychedelic culture’s heteronormative assumptions. The call for articles asks contributors to grapple with how modern psychedelic research might address the unique needs and traumas of sexual and gender minorities—populations that can suffer from challenging mental health conditions brought on by social exclusion, pathologization, criminalization, and stigmatization. We aim to dismantle sexist, heteronormative, transphobic, and homophobic forms of oppression in the psychedelic movement and seek a broad range of perspectives from queer academic researchers, LGBTQIA+ clinicians, Indigenous two-spirit activists, transgender autodidacts, and queer neoshamans to participate in paving the way for the movement’s liberatory potential for all people. Inclusive of the intersectional and liberatory applications of queerness,this series integrates Indigenous outlooks on psychedelics, gender roles, and identity and seeks to ally its struggle with those of other marginalized groups: women, people of color, the disabled, the poor, and people residing in the global south.

For more information, and submissions write to Clancy Cavnar at:

<[email protected]>

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 from 12-1:30pm PST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE There is growing enthusiasm in Jewish communities about possible ancient use and modern applications of plant medicine in Jewish spiritual development.  Psychedelic Judaism introduce new potential modes of  healing...