In 2004, Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) for Gay Men’s Health rallied community leaders in Vancouver to address the knowledge gap of gay youth as shown by research and their absence in most community organizations and gay programs. This led us to create Totally Outright, a comprehensive program in health leadership that radically altered gay men’s activism in Vancouver. Graduates of the program are now visibly involved in gay men’s health promotion activities across the province and beyond. Building on the success of Totally Outright, CBRC created a new initiative, the Investigaytors, to engage young gay men in a new form of community activism—producing evidence and knowledge that advances our understanding of gay men’s health.
Over a two-year period, 10 young gay men joined CBRC to learn the ropes of gay men’s research. They also applied their new skills through their active participation in all stages of the Sex Now Survey 2011—Canada’s largest gay men’s survey to date. This publication highlights some of the findings from our Investigaytors and demonstrates the success of our program.