Gay Men’s Health Summit

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.

To view the 2016 Summit program sessions.

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:

Keynote Speakers:

Ed Lee is a wealth protection specialist for Vancity Savings. He has been involved in gay Asian and AIDS activist work all of his adult life, both in Toronto and Vancouver, notably in organizing the AIDS memorial at Sunset Beach.
Ron Dutton is a retired librarian who has engaged in gay liberation and progressive politics from his university days to the present. He founded the BC Gay and Lesbian Archives in 1976 and continues to manage it. Ed and Ron have been life partners for 25 years.
Darren Ho, Mpowerment Program Coordinator at YouthCO, works with queer youth to empower them to take on leadership roles within their communities. Darren conducts research through the CBRC’s youth research program, the Investigaytors, and is a founding member of Our City of Colours, an organization that increases the visibility of queer people of colour in Metro Vancouver.

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.

Dr. John Pachankis, Associate Professor of Epidemiology from Yale University, studies the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. He and his colleagues have designed an intervention that teaches men skills to counteract the effects of stigma-related stress.





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.