Gay, bi, queer and other men who have sex with men (cis and trans) and Two-Spirit people (GBT2Q) are more likely to face unnecessary barriers to accessing the healthcare they need. These may be barriers to health services, medications or information to look after our bodies and experiences. Many of these access issues are rooted within inequalities and inequities across society, including homophobia, heterosexism, racism, transphobia and many other sources of oppression and privilege that shape our lives. These inequalities shape our ability to access health care and social supports and can negatively impact the way we express our gender and sexuality.
Summit 2019 was dedicated to talking about what is and isn’t working for GBT2Q people to access everything we need to live happy, healthy and supported lives. The Summit hosted keynote presentations from leading figures in GBT2Q health research, as well as advocates who spoke to the intersecting nature of marginalization for sexual and gender minority men. This Summit also highlighted critical findings from CBRC’s Sex Now Survey as we turn our focus on how we can increase access and accessibility to health care and community supports for GBT2Q.