Wide range of topics up for discussion at Gay Men’s Health Summit

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The Community-Based Research Centre’s 2010 Gay Men’s Health Summit, set for November 24 & 25 at SFU Harbour Centre, will include discussions on a wide range of topics including the impact of homo-negativity, suicide, gay-bashing and other sexual health related issues.

2010 Gay Men's Health Summit“This year’s summit is probably the most engaging summit so far, given the discussions and workshops,” said Adam Graham of Community-Based Research Centre.

Canada’s leading researcher on gay youth, Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc from the University of British Columbia and the McCreary Centre Society will speak about gay teenagers, what they face, and how they cope. Other keynote speakers include Olena Hankinvsky from SFU will discuss an intersectional approach to gay men’s health and Dr. Terry Trussler will discuss the results of this year’s Sex Now Survey, and ways that gender is a factor in men’s lives.

Other discussions will include “Towel Talk” an innovative bathhouse counseling project; “Desire and Defiance” a project about pig sex; perspectives on gay men’s health from northern BC; a discussion about PEP and HIV prevention; the results of the national Mancount survey; as well as an address on theory vs. practice in the field of gay men’s health.

Attendance is open to gay men and those working working and volunteering in gay men’s health and wellness.

A full list of topics for discussion over the two day event include:

  1. The impacts of homo-negativity
  2. Gay bashing, masculinity and power
  3. Gay youth, suicide, and bullying
  4. Factors that influence gay men’s mental health and wellness
  5. Sex, defiance, the pursuit of pleasure, and taboo
  6. Increasing criminalization of people living with HIV
  7. Resiliency and vulnerabilities related to HIV
  8. Relaxation, self-contemplation, and meditation

Gay Men’s Health Summit
SFU Harbour Centre
24 & 25 November 2010

For more information or to register visit http://www.gaysummit.ca.

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