Gay Men's Health Summit 2016: Resist Stigma!
Summit 2016 was held on Wednesday November 9 and Thursday November 10 at: Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Stigma is a strong social force that keeps people out. In school when we’re teased for being gay, on dates when we’re told we aren’t white, masculine, or muscular enough, and when we are made to feel inferior because of who we are or who we love. Stigma makes people feel ashamed of their bodies and emotions. It polices their gender and attractions.
Yet gay men persevere. We organize and we march to carve out spaces for ourselves. We create art and tell stories. We live and we thrive in a heteronormative society where the pernicious forms of stigma constantly assail us. What are the driving forces behind these imperatives and how effective are they both on a societal scale, and an individual scale? What toll does resistance take? How do intersecting identities aid or hinder the efforts to resist?
250 people attended this year’s Summit to learn and share how we can Resist Stigma. Last year we examined stigma’s impact on health. This year we explored how to rethink stigma, push back, build resilience, and develop supportive social environments. With presentations from our Resist Stigma campaign team. The CBRC launched five new publications:
Dr. Lisa McDaid, Associate Director of the Centre for Research on Families & Relationships, and Programme Leader at the MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, examines how community mobilization, resilience, and asset-based approaches to public health can counter stigma and discrimination to help reduce sexual health inequalities among gay and bisexual men.
A Special Thank-you to our gold Community Partner: Gilead Sciences Canada Inc.
We'd also like to acknowledge our Bronze Community Partner, Merck Canada.