Men On Men: Sharing, Learning, and Connecting
This fabulous group is now being run exclusively by HIM and will remain on QMUNITY’s website for reference until the end of 2014.
Men On Men is a free and inclusive group for self-identified gay, bisexual and queer men to discuss the issues that shape our lives. Each week, a guest expert provides a twenty minute presentation, after which the floor opens for energetic, facilitated, inclusive discussion.
The group runs from 6:30pm to 8pm each Tuesday evening at the Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton St, Vancouver – Close to Davie St transit, Wheelchair accessible). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call HIM at 604-488-1001
2014 MEN ON MEN PROGRAM OF TOPICS
January – New year, new start
Jan 7 – New Year New Start – Resolutions and Revolutions
Jan 14 – Building New Relationships in 2013- meeting new people/making new friends
Jan 21 – Starting New Relationships and Ending Them Well – online dating, bar scene dating, other venues to meet guys, volunteering and building friendships.
Jan 28 – Men on Men Love in 2013 – “What’s Love Got to do with it in 2014?”
February – Love and Sex
Feb 4- Hooking-up “The Art of Flirtation”
Feb 11- Online Valentine – the complexities of online dating and hook-ups
Feb 18- Finding Mr. right – negotiating what you want, what you need and what you still have to learn
Feb 25- Moving in together – what to talk about beforehand, and how to make it work after
March – Let’s Get Physical – Summer and Pride are both around the corner, but physical health is an all-year concern
March 4 – Body Image – Fitness and Weight loss/gain – Deciding what’s right for you and building it into your life.
March 11 – More than HIV and STIs – Cancers and gay men
March 18 – Drugs and Alcohol – managing it or getting help
March 25 – “Nutrition- eating for your present and future body and mind”
April– Celebrating Our Queer Communities
April 1– What’s in a label - gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, homosexual, asexual, pansexual, omnisexual, trisexual, agender, bi-gender, third gender, transsexual, cross-dresser, intersex, 2-Spirit, Hijra, polyamorous, undecided, questioning and more.
April 8– Trans* 101 – Learn and share knowledge to increase support and inclusion of trans folk in our communities
April 15- Kink, Leather, Bears and more
April 22 - Bisexuality - overcoming challenges from all sides
April 29 – Queer diversity in 2024 – where are sexual orientation and gender heading?
May – Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number
May 6- Ageism in Gay culture – how can we challenge it?
May 13– Older gay men get active – a “ground-breaking” generation
May 20 - Younger and Older – what we can learn from each other
May 27- Intergenerational relationships – challenging stigmas and barriers
June – Colours of the Rainbow. (Our city of colour – Our city of cultures)
June 3 – Challenging Racism and White Privilege as a Community
June 10 – Cultural crossovers – Mixed Race Love
June 17 – Around the World – Gay life in other countries vs Vancouver
June 24 – Life as a gay immigrant/refugees – what can we learn from each other
July – Pride Month
July 1 – Standing Together – Trying to be inclusive with so much difference
July 8 – Gay Rights and History – from Stonewall to Glee?
July 15 – The future for ‘queers’ in Canada and around the world
July 22 – Gay Idols and Gays in the Media – who are our role models?
July 29 – Have a fun and safe Pride – tips for enjoying the week
August – Know your GAY rights
August 5 – Gay bashing – what can you do? / what you can do!
August 12 – Discrimination in the workplace and other legal rights
August 19 – Criminalization of HIV – the ever changing landscape
August 26 – Relationship legalities – wills, taxes, marriage and divorce.
September – Mental Health (it’s back to school for some and the end of summer for everyone – bring on the stress)
September 2 – “Does being gay stress you out?” (Minority stress theory) and Stress management
September 9 – Self-esteem and Self-love – Build it and Keep it
September 16 – Living / Coping with Depression, Anxiety and Suicidal thoughts
September 23 – Gay men and mental health – Accessing supports and supporting others
Sept 30 – Mental Health First Aid – Accessing supports and supporting others
October – Gay Sex (according to Google trends, “sex” is most searched for in BC in July, which is Pride month, and in October)
Oct 7- Exploring Sex – knowing what you like but being open to new experiences
Oct 14 – Sexual Health 101 – meet the sexual health nurse
Oct 21 -Everything you ever wanted to know about Anal Sex, Blow Jobs, Bathhouses and more
Oct 28 -The age old debate – are we built to be monogamous? Finding and negotiating the sex you want
November – HIV (Towards World AIDS day on December 1st)
Nov 4 – History of HIV and HIV prevention – where do we go from here?
Nov 11 – Poz+Neg Love/ “Living Negative and Loving Positive and vice versa” (sero-discordant relationships)
Nov 18 – Your body – living life with HIV- new technologies and research
Nov 25 – HIV stigma/ Poz phobia – how can we challenge it?
December – We are Family
Dec 2 – Gay men who have / want kids – “Celebrating the Modern Family” -Becoming a dad
Dec 9 – Staining Mom’s Sheets (and dealing with the aftermath…) -Taking your man home for the holidays
Dec 16 – End of year social event