Gender Matters

Gender Matters

Gender Matters is about equal gender representation. At Psychedelics United we believe that inclusivity offers a wider perspective, a more varied discourse and a safer environment that leads to more accurate data, more valid solutions and a greater understanding for all. 


Win / Win / Win right? Then why are people opposing it? Oh, right.


‘In early 2019 I was turned on to the music of Olof Dreijer. While an amazing artist, he also performs only at events with equal gender representation in the lineup of artists – no more than 50% people who identify as male.
And that woke me up. If I do not question conferences where the lineup of speakers is overwhelmingly male and merely accept that as the status quo then I am not doing my part.’

Chief Misfit Officer, Psychedelics United


Sex and gender distinction

“The distinction between sex and gender differentiates a person’s biological sex from that person’s gender, which can refer to either social roles based on the sex of the person or personal identification of one’s own gender based on an internal awareness.” Wickipedia
Psychedelics United agrees with the above. We also believe gender is a spectrum.


Why Is This An Issue?

Conferences Contacted


Catalyst Calgary 2020

May 29-21, Calgary, AB, Canada

Still Within Reach…

December 2019  –  Speaker count is 18 speakers – 10 males.

Initial contact with Catalyst Calgary 2020 by email.

Catalyst Calgary 2020


February 2020  –  Speaker count is 21 speakers – 12 males.

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  • Catalyst Calgary Speakers – February 2020 100% 100%
  • Male Gender 57% 57%
  • Non-male Gender 43% 43%

Western Canada Addiction Forum

May 3-5, 2019, Kelowna BC, Canada

FAILED and wtf

February 2019  –  Speaker count is 10 speakers – 9 males.

Initial contact with WCAF by email.


April 2019  –  Speaker count is 18 speakers – 15 males.

Organizer response to the lack of equal gender representation at the WCAF 2019:

  1. They wanted experts.
  2. They talk about gender in their other meetings.
  3. They have no plans for equal gender representation.

May 2019 –  The WCAF committee confirms the above points.


May 2019 –  Final Speaker count is 23 speakers – 17 males.

Western Canada Addiction Forum 2019

  • WCAF 2019 Speakers – May2019 100% 100%
  • Male Gender 74% 74%
  • Non-male Gender 26% 26%

Organizers, Speakers, Sponsors, Attendees…

We Can Do Better / We Must Do Better