Totally outRIGHT Toronto
One of ACT’s most successful and renowned programs, a FREE sexual health leadership program for young gay/bi/queer guys.
Want to learn how to be a leader while meeting other young guys who are passionate about community and their sexual health?
Totally outRIGHT Toronto is a free sexual health leadership program for young gay, bi, pansexual and queer men, ages 18-29 who want to be community leaders, including racialized guys, guys from diverse ethnic communities, trans guys, and guys living with HIV.
The next series of Totally outRIGHT Toronto is scheduled for May 27, June 3, 10, and 17, 2017. The series takes place in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Registration takes 20 to 30 minutes online. We will acknowledge receipt of your registration and review the information as soon as possible. We will then schedule an interview to meet you as part of the registration process.
We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for making Totally outRIGHT Toronto an amazing program for young, queer men to come together.
What is Totally outRIGHT?
Totally outRIGHT is a FREE leadership program for young gay/bi/queer guys who want to meet other guys and participate in workshops that will help them build knowledge and skills that can prepare them for leadership roles in their personal and professional lives.
Who is Totally outRIGHT for?
Totally outRIGHT is for young gay/bi/queer guys who are 18-29 years of age. We welcome trans guys, HIV-positive and HIV-negative guys, and guys from racialized communities.
When does Totally outRIGHT take place?
The program takes place three times a year over four Saturdays. They usually occur in February/March, May/June and in November. The program runs from 10 am to 5 pm over each of the four Saturdays. Lunch and breaks are scheduled into these days.
Where does Totally outRIGHT take place?
Totally outRIGHT is offered at ACT facilities at 543 Yonge Street, 4th Floor. (the southeast corner of Yonge and Wellesley - just south of Wellesley subway station on Yonge). Private and gender neutral bathrooms are available. Some subsidies (e.g. TTC tokens) are available for transportation costs.
What do participants get out of Totally outRIGHT?
Participants of Totally outRIGHT have the opportunity to:
Totally outRIGHT is an opportunity to:
- develop leadership and advocacy skills for both your professional and personal life
- connect with interesting guest speakers who have contributed immensely within the gay/bi/queer community
- meet other young gay/bi/queer guys outside of a bar/online setting
After graduation, there are opportunities to:
- network with friends through alumni events and online groups
- receive notice of job and volunteer postings with ACT and other AIDS Service Organisations
- sit on the advisory committee to influence future programming
Is there a cost to participate in Totally outRIGHT?
Everything at Totally outRIGHT (e.g., food, T-shirts, certificates) is provided to participants free of charge! We can even help participants sometimes with covering (some) costs for travelling to and from this four-day event (e.g., TTC tokens).
What are the topics are covered in Totally outRIGHT?
All segments are designed to be highly informative and interactive and are supported with printed materials.
Totally outRIGHT Programs are Canada Wide
For more history, sample curriculums and tools developed by Totally outRIGHT please visit the website of our partner agency CATIE at: http://www.catie.ca/en/pc/packages/to
See more articles on the Totally outRIGHT programs across Canada and what participants thought about them:
- Three Community leaders of Tomorrow Link: http://www.positivelite.com/component/zoo/item/three-gay-community-leaders-of-tomorrow-tell-their-stories
- Daniel’s Story Link: http://www.positivelite.com/component/zoo/item/daniel-s-story
- Keith’s Story: Link: http://www.positivelite.com/component/zoo/item/keith-s-story
- Darren’s Story: Link: http://www.positivelite.com/component/zoo/item/darren-s-story
Sexual Pleasure, Risk Reduction, HIV, STIs and Accessing Sexual Health Care
Several components work together to provide participants with the basics on how HIV and other STIs are transmitted, how and where to get tested, accessing appropriate health care and how sexual pleasure can be explored and supported within this framework.
Gender and Sexual Identities
Different gender roles, expressions and identities are discussed with the option to explore and ask about identities the group is unfamiliar with and to explore how why and how people come out or choose not to come out to larger segments of community.
Mental Health and Stigma
A panel of speakers exchanges their own experience with mental illness, either on a personal or professional level, with a focus on resilience and what was helpful. This module is specifically designed to explore the strengths members of the community employed when facing mental health problems and life stressors common in Gay, Bi, Queer communities.
Anti-oppression and Leadership skills
This module is designed to look at some basic concepts of how oppression works and how people in positions of leadership can put in place systemic ways of running organizations that strive for equity.
Public Speaking and Confidence Building
A hands-on experience designed to increase self-confidence and improve communications skills addressing group sizes that increase over time and escalate in complexity and challenge. Exercises include individual and team work.
Drug Use and Harm Reduction
This workshop, delivered by a worker with experience in the harm reduction field, covers the safer use of drugs common in the gay, bi and queer men's communities (including alcohol), and what to do practically to reduce harm if you or your friends come across substances.
Relationships: Knowing What You Want and How to Get It
The first part of this module is a panel of speakers sharing their relationship experiences with monogamous and polyamorous relationships in a variety of contexts. All of these men offer different views on being happy in a relationship while facing challenges and exploring their needs. Participants are given the opportunity to explore what their own values might be, and sharpen their negotiating skills. The activities in this theme are equally applicable for participants who are or want to be single or in relationships.
Body Image for Gay/Bi/Queer men
Many guys feel the beauty standards for the average gay man’s body are very high and worry about the implications for all of us who do not see ourselves as achieving those standards. This module looks at the current research in the field with an experienced researcher. It also gives participants time to reflect and discuss what they value most about themselves.
Organized Community Responses to HIV
Social Marketing Campaigns and Activism: Starting with a review of how the community in Toronto began responding to HIV, the unit’s final goal is to leave participants with clear concepts of mounting group responses to HIV that encompasses community based political activism and social marketing campaigns. The unit is currently being redesigned to allow from small group interactive learning with hands-on applications of key elements learned.
Jobs Careers and Staying Connected to the Gay, Bi Queer Men's Sexual Health Field
A diverse panel of speakers with expertise in the social service/research fields of queer men's sexual health talks about careers and volunteering. Perspectives include what people have found rewarding about working in this field and how their lives have been affected.
Participants reactions to the speakers, our community faculty:
“His recount of the historic events was absolutely riveting and breathtaking! THANK YOU for such a wonderful opportunity to partake in learning such valuable history.”
“Great community and excellent speakers.”
“LOVED this presentation. Great to know that something like this exists for the community.”
Participants’ feedback on the Totally outRIGHT leadership experience:
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet amazing people and hear some of their stories……It definitely made me feel closer to the LGBT community……You went above and beyond to ensure all of us felt welcomed.”
“…I didn’t feel like I was really part of the gay community…But I feel more encouraged to stay connected to the community now, and working with a group helped me to come up with a topic I felt passionate about.”
“…building confidence, building something new to inspire others, and knowing that we can shine as gay men…”