Gay and bisexual men's programming at ACSC consists of research studies, community events, on-going support groups, and health education and referrals via on-line outreach, community events, presentations, and workshops. ACSC also works with other service providers to help increase their capacity to better serve the needs of gay and bisexual men across Simcoe County.
The program relies heavily on volunteer involvement and leadership. Orientation and training are provided to support volunteers and regular activities allow volunteers to contribute to building stronger, healthier communities.
Current programs and services include:
The Real Needs, an OHTN-funded community-based research study conducted in collaboration with numerous academic, Public Health, and community partners. This study aims to identify the health needs and interests specific to gay, bisexual, and queer transgender and cisgender men who have sex with men in Simcoe County and Muskoka District. This will be done through both quantitative and qualitative methods (surveys, interviews) with gay and bi men as well as with service providers across the region. Findings will be reported back to community and other stakeholders via community reports, forums, social media, and presentations. Peers (gay and bi men from the region) contribute to the study as researchers allowing for unique insights into how the study is designed and implemented and how findings get utilized.
LGBT Connexions, ACSC's program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, hosts a Gay and Bisexual Men's Discussion group twice a month at our Barrie location. This group is held every second Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm and is an informal social night that provides the opportunity for men to get together with others to discuss issues and topics related and unrelated to being gay or bisexual. The men of the group also plan and carry out other activities that help to build community in the area and strengthen social ties. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Online Outreach. Find us online on various social networking sites where we provide referrals, address sexual health questions, promote activities and programs, and provide one-on-one support to other gay and bisexual men.
Peer Support. ACSC staff and volunteers are trained to provide one-on-one, face to face support to other gay and bisexual men looking to connect with a friendly, non-judgmental peer to talk about what's going on in your life. We meet in a safe, confidential space by appointment. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Our Agenda. ACSC is a member of the Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance. This year, the Alliance launched a campaign entitled Our Agenda, a sexual health campaign that looks at the role of mental health within the context of gay men's wholistic health. Check out the site here