GBTQMSM Men’s Health
Our program offers education and prevention to the gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and men who have sex with men (GBTQMSM) communities in the region of Peel. We take a harm reduction approach to safer sex practices for men. Further, we work closely with community partners to provide safe, positive spaces in the region of Peel for the LGBT community.
For more information, please contact:
Gavin Bejaimal, Men’s Health Promotion Coordinator
Phone: 905-361-0523 ext. 219
- Anti-homophobia and queer positive training and workshops around HIV, for queer men and service providers.
- Providing HIV testing referrals and treatment option information.
- Providing positive prevention to HIV+ gay and bisexual men.
- Conducting outreach to LGBT communities, including events such as Peel Pride and Queer It Up
- Developing educational resources and community development activities with service providers on MSM specific outreach activities.
- Collaborate with the Provincial Gay Men’s Strategy (Gay Men Sexuality Alliance) in research and social marketing campigns.
The Men’s Health Promotion and Community Education program is here to support and offer education to:
- Men living with HIV/AIDS
- Men at risk of HIV transmission
- Men affected from knowing someone who is infected with HIV
- Men experiencing oppression and homophobia
That all men have equal equitable access to health promotion and health management, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
That the community and region of Peel recognizes the rights and freedoms of all men, especially gay men, to exist free of oppression.
Our program strives to reduce the harm associated with HIV/AIDS for all men, but specifically Gay Men, Men who have sex with Men (MSM), Bisexual Men, and Transgender Men. We work to educate and raise awareness in MSM populations on methods of prevention and ways to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS through community development and outreach. Our program works within an anti-oppression, anti-racist, and anti-homophobic framework.
In acknowledging that men and boys have the capacity to enhance their quality of life, we will strive:
- To decrease stigma and discrimination of male persons living with HIV/AIDS (PHA’s)
- To increase the competency of our services and service providers to work with LGBT populations, including their families, effectively and compassionately.
- To increase the knowledge that men and potential service providers have regarding HIV transmission and prevention and sexual health, amongst men.
- To increase the amount of positive space for LGBT youth in social and health sectors of Peel.
- To raise awareness amongst men, service providers, and the Peel population on homophobia and oppressing MSM.
- To increase sustained community development in order to actively create capacity building initiatives for MSM.