Men On Men: Sharing, Learning, and Connecting

QMUNITY and HIM present Men On Men: 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 education@qmunity.ca or 604 684 5307 x 112.

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

MarchLet’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?

MayAge 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  

 

January – Happy New Year!

·Welcome back men! How do we make the New Year better for all of us?

·Labels aren’t just for clothes – Labelling and stereotypes amongst gay men

·Real world role models – Gay guys in the spotlight and in our lives

·Our festivals used to be about activism? Where are they now?

February – Love and sex (Valentine’s Day can’t be ignored can it?)

·Men on Men Love in 2012 – What does it mean to you?

·Do I need a Valentine? – Single in the gay community

·Finding the right man (for whatever reason) – Negotiating what you want, what you need and what you still have to learn

·Moving in together – What to talk about beforehand and the potential issues after

March – Let’s get physical – Summer and Pride are both around the corner, but your physical health is an all-year concern

·Body Image, fitness and weight loss/gain – Deciding what’s right for you and building it into your life

·More than HIV and STIs – Cancers and gay men

·Drugs and Alcohol – Managing it or getting help

·U R what U Eat – Can we really make nutrition a gay men’s issue? You bet!

April – Money makes the world go around

·“Does being gay cost too much?” – Living within our means, budgeting and fighting stereotypes

·Finances as a gay couple / poly-relationship

·Can I ever retire? – Finances as we age

·The constants of Gay marriage and relationships – wills and taxes


May – Age ain’t nothing but a number

·Ageism in gay culture – Will it ever change?

·Aging gracefully – Gay seniors get active

·Young and Old – What we can learn from each other

·Intergenerational relationships

·Boomers, Xers and Ys – Speaking a different language (or not)?

June – Colours of the rainbow – Our city of cultures

·Racism and white privilege in the gay community

·Cultural crossovers – Mixed race love

·Around the world – Gay life in other countries

·Life as a gay immigrant – What can we learn from each other

July – Pride month

·Standing Together – Trying to be inclusive with so much difference

·Gay Rights and History – from Stonewall to Glee?

·The future for ‘queers’ in Canada and around the world

·Gay Idols and Gays in the Media – Who are our role models?

·Have a fun and safe Pride – Tips for enjoying the week

August – It’s a straight man’s world – But we’ll change it slowly

·Gay bashing – What can you do? / What you can do!

·Discrimination in the workplace and other legal rights

·Shifting worlds – Coming out of a straight world

·That ‘special’ relationship – Gay men and straight women in 2012


September – Mental health – Take time for your mind (It’s back to school for some and the end of summer for everyone… Bring on the stress!)

·Does being gay stress you out? – Stress management

·Self-esteem and Self-love – Build it and keep it

·Living and coping with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts

·Gay-specific mental health and illness – Accessing supports

October – Gay sex

·Exploring Sex – Knowing what you like but being open to new experiences

·Sexual Health 101

·Everything you ever wanted to know about Anal Sex, Blow Jobs and more

·The age old debate – Are we built to be monogamous? Finding and negotiating the sex you want

·Terminology – Do you know what this means..?

November – HIV – Every gay man’s concern

·History of HIV and HIV prevention – Where do we go from here?

·Poz+Neg love – Living negative and loving positive

·Your body – Living life with HIV, new technologies and research

·Poz phobia – How do you feel about HIV stigma?

December – We are family

·Gay men who have / want kids – “Celebrating the Modern Family” – Becoming a dad

·Staining Mom’s Sheets (and dealing with the aftermath…) – Taking your man home for the holidays