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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 online sexual health program for young, gay, bi, queer men. The program started in Toronto in 2015 and has over 300+ participants. One recent grad described Totally outRIGHT Toronto's broad-based approach to sexual health as "the guide evert queer guy coming out needs to thrive in life."

The next series (Series 26) is happening virtually on Saturday afternoons (from 1 to 6 pm) and Wednesday evenings (from 7 to 9 pm) on the following dates in 2021: January  9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 and February 3.

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If you are interested in the program and want to be reminded of all Totally outRIGHT Toronto’s Special Events by email let Rui know to put you on TOTO’s VIP List.

November Special Events

The Fall Social: Spend time with alumni and new recruits

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7 pm

 To register for the social, contact Rui at: rpires@actoronto.org 


December Special Events - Shake off the cold weather blues; make new friends or see some old friends at:

Warm It Up, - a Totally outRIGHT Toronto Social Event

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7 pm.

To register for the social, contact Rui at: rpires@actoronto.org 


Take a Break From the Holidays, - a Totally outRIGHT Toronto Self Care Social  

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7 pm.

To register for the social, contact Rui at: rpires@actoronto.org 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Totally outRIGHT
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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?

With the current situation involving COVID-19 we are offering the program online in smaller sections spread over weekday evenings and a Saturday afternoons.

The program takes place three times a year over four weekends, typically on a Saturday. They usually occur in February/March, May/June and in October/November. The program runs from 10 am to 5 pm over each of the four Saturdays. Lunch and breaks are scheduled into these days.

What do I need to access Totally outRIGHT online?

Totally outRIGHT Toronto is offered through Zoom and Google Classroom.  It’s best if you have a laptop or desktop that streams video.  A private place away from others and distractions is important too, for your confidentiality and the confidentiality of others participating.  Earphones and mic that you can plug into your computer are handy too.

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?

This is a free program.

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.

Where did Totally outRIGHT come from?

Totally outRIGHT was created and piloted by the Community Based Research Centre in Vancouver.  Based on the “Sex Now” data from the 2002 and 2004 surveys, and with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to develop an HIV prevention program for young gay men, the program began in 2005 and has been run annually since 2007. Today, Totally outRIGHT is run by a range of organizations across the country, including the Health Initiative for Men in Vancouver, ACT in Toronto, and the EMHC in Edmonton.  ACT was the first organization to implement Totally outRIGHT outside of BC.

For more Totally outRIGHT program history in English.

Pour l'histoire de Totally outRIGHT en Français.

Core Curriculum (Curriculum we always offer)
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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.

Electives (Curriculum will change based on a survey of your groups’ needs)
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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.

Participant Testimonials
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Participants reactions to the speakers, our community faculty:

“It was the first time I encountered topics that were so relevant, considering that much of what is covered by Totally outRIGHT is still taboo in many social circles. Too often, the curtains are drawn on the experiences and realities of gay men."

"I think in a perfect world we wouldn't need Totally outRIGHT, the fact that the program has been so successful and has been useful to many folks, speaks to a void in our education system that has been there for a long time."

“I gained a far better insight into the meaning of U=U and the available treatments for HIV. This was one of the reasons I went on the course, as I wanted to learn more.”

 

“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.”

“There was positive impact on my self-esteem, body confidence, relationship/dating, and substance use.”

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…”

 

 

For specific questions please contact the program coordinator at:

 

Rui Pires
rpires@actoronto.org
416-340-8484 ext. 228

Facebook: Rui Pires at ACT