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A Researcher's Own Story: Ambivalence

I hated research. Well, I was ignorant of how omnipresent it is, how unavoidable, how insidious it can be and how it touches lives, negatively and positively. Ignorance breeds distrust. Research in all its wide aspects seemed manipulative and premeditated. It still does. Now, when I have amassed as much privilege as a wetback with a foreign accent can amass, I think one can use research to do good things. Not easy, but possible. Or this is the story I keep telling myself. | Keep Reading

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Truth and Reconciliation: the CBRC and Indigenous Health

The stories and statistics shared through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) reveal a significant history of abuse, cultural genocide, and childhood mortality inflicted upon Indigenous people by white settlers. In response to the TRC “Calls to Action” (in particular those related to health), CBRC is therefore specifically and intentionally making a series of commitments in our work going forward. | Keep Reading

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Latest Sex Now Research Findings

Sex Now 2015 was an unprecedented opportunity to learn more from gay and bisexual men about what has shaped their health over a lifetime. The CBRC’s eighth periodic survey (third national) reflects the life experiences of 8000 Canadian men of all ages and backgrounds. | Keep Reading

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Dernières conclusions de la recherche effectuée dans le cadre de Sexe au présent

Générations gaies : Pourquoi notre histoire compteLe sondage Sexe au présent 2015 fut une occasion sans précédent pour les hommes gais et bisexuels de nous dire ce qui influençait leur santé au cours de toute une vie. Le huitième sondage périodique (dans sa 3e édition nationale) du CBRC est un compte-rendu des vies de plus de 8000 hommes canadiens de tous âges et de tous horizons. | Keep Reading

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Sex work in Montreal: When stigma takes its toll

Sex workers, including men and trans people, come from different backgrounds. The one thing they have in common is the stigma they experience. Sex workers are among the most marginalized and are therefore more at risk of having no fixed address, developing mental health or drug problems, being victims of violence or contracting HIV/hepatitis C.When I was in high school, I made a deliberate effort to keep my wrists stiff so that nothing about my body language would “look gay.” | Keep Reading
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Interview with Nathan Lachowsky

Meet Nathan Lachowsky, PhD from University of Victoria. Nathan talks about poly-substance use and depression among gay men in Vancouver, the role of substance use and mental health in our gay communities, and particularly what conversations we are and aren't having about this. | Keep Reading
John Pachankis, PhD
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Interview with John Pachankis, PhD

Meet the gay men's health researcher and clinical psychologist from Yale Schooll of Public Health. John Pachankis talks about stigma interventions, social determinants, current works, and growing up gayin the South. | Keep Reading

Blog: Under the Lens

Pathways to Health for Queer People of Colour

Health and social inequities along lines of race abound in British Columbia and throughout Canada. These inequities show up both in the general population, as well as LGBTQ+ communities. In addition to these patterns of racial inequities shown in epidemiological data, qualitative research and personal experiences reveal these inequities too. Despite the significant evidence of the tangible ways race impacts health and wellness, mainstream conversations often shy away from conversations about race. | Keep Reading

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Musings of a Former Homeless Youth

When I found myself at the doorstep of Covenant House a little over a year ago, escorted by Lisa, my gifted addictions counsellor, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Following an initial intake meeting with an annoyingly cheerful staff member, I was led through a door, down a connecting corridor, and into the shelter’s great hall. As I stoically scanned the room, I have to admit that I was quite surprised. As it turns out, homelessness did not equate to a diminished sense of style—in fact it seemed that the opposite rang true. | Keep Reading

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Preventing Suicide Among Gay and Bisexual Men

Given that gay and bisexual men continue to face pervasive stigma, it is not surprising that we also have disproportionately high rates of suicide in our communities. Suicide continues to affect gay and bisexual men of all ages, in spite of important gains in legal protections for sexual minorities in some countries. Suicide thus remains a major cause of death for gay and bisexual men. In 2011, it is estimated that as many Canadian gay and bisexual men died from suicide as died from HIV. | Keep Reading