Respected internationally, David is known to many for his pioneering work in chemsex and for raising awareness of this complex and challenging field and is credited with coining the term 'chemsex'. An activist, advocate, worker, lecturer, researcher and campaigner, David undertook the work with integrity, passion, empathy, and kindness while also acknowledging his own struggles.
He joined London Friend as a volunteer in 2007, later becoming its training and outreach manager. In 2014, he joined 56 Dean Street as its substance misuse lead specialising in chemsex. David was also a global advocate - speaking at conferences, collaborating on research papers, and his work has been key in moving chemsex up public health agendas. His impact will be felt far beyond his passing, leaving behind a rich legacy for his peers, his beloved LGBT+ community, allies and friends.
David advised on several short chemsex harm reduction films for the Gay Men's Health Collective including "Triptych" and "Alchemy". He also collaborated on two safer slamming (injecting) shorts on crystal meth and mephedrone. Viewed over 36,000 times, they are believed to be the first safer injecting films for gay men. His attention to detail was meticulous and was always a joy to have on set. GMHC also made "Chemsex: An Intervention" for his own body of work, embedded below.
Chemsex: A Brief Intervention | David Stuart | 2013
David Stuart Obituary | The Lancet; Vol 399, Issue 10328, P904 | 5 Mar 2022
Funeral of David Stuart | St Anne's Church | 18 Feb 2022 | 1h 16s
David Stuart | Stuart Who? | 21 Jan 2022
A Tribute to David Stuart | London Friend
Remembering David Stuart | Scottish Drug Forum (SDF) | 20 Jan 2022
David Stuart: An Inspirational Leader in Chemsex Harm Reduction | Filter | 19 Jan 2022
David Stuart, chemsex and LGBTQ sexual health expert, has died | Attitude | 12 Jan 2022
Pioneering chemsex activist and support worker dies suddenly: ‘We owe him a huge debt’ | Pink News | 12 Jan 2022
David Stuart Chemsex Presentation (Liverpool) | David McCollom | 19 Aug 2017 | 1m 27s
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