Why This Campaign?

“Our Agenda” is an online resource developed by the GMSH network that responds to the complexity of factors that include the emotional and physical well being of gay* men. It also aims to address the impact that homophobia has on us as individuals and communities.

“Our Agenda” is also sexual health campaign responding to research that shows that multiple epidemics (such as depression, substance use, partner violence and HIV) are playing out in our communities and also reinforce each other. Together these epidemics lower our overall health. This campaign recognizes that gay men’s lives are complex and there are a lot of pressures in our daily experience(s). Our sexuality is important to us. It is woven through many aspects of our lives and experiences. This campaign looks at gay men holistically, allows us to have a conversation about how our emotional health and sexual health are connected and build on our strengths to better support one another.

Our agenda is to have a conversation about the things that are impacting us as gay men. Our agenda is to have a conversation that includes many voices and perspectives. Our agenda is to have conversations about the sex we want and provide resources to help us make informed decisions. Our agenda is to have a conversation about how we strengthen ourselves and our communities to respond to the social issues that impact our ability to enjoy equitable, empowered health.

A Strong Mind

It’s being mindful. Being aware. Being connected to our thoughts and actions.  Understanding how we feel, deal and heal with respect to our pasts, present and future. How we tap into our strength and encourage ourselves and each other to make the connection between emotional health and sexual well-being.

A Strong Body

It’s about physical health. It’s about sexual health. And it’s about our relationship to our bodies. So much is affected by how we feel in our body. It’s about realizing the connection between emotional and sexual health. It is an exploration about how we understand that connection and the ways we support one another.

A Strong Community

Communities are more than physical places. It’s our commitment to contribute and build on the strength of our communities. It is our commitment to build and share resources that help us support one another, and engage each other in building strong, resilient communities that welcome, love and support all of us.

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