Sex. Health. Community. A program of The AIDS Network: serving Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk & Brant

Stories from Sex Ed

A familiar story for a lot of us, this is why we need a sex ed curriculum that gives kids ALL the facts they need. For other stories, see the full article here.

“The sex ed I got in my small, northern Ontario public high school around 2001 included NO mention of the existence of homosexuality that I can recall. It may have been in printed literature but my Grade 9 health and phys. ed teacher didn’t mention it, that’s for sure. I didn’t get any before that in public school apart from a nurse from the public health unit showing us how to put a condom on a banana.

There was only one openly gay person in my high school of around 1,000 people. When I was in Grade 10, he fatally shot himself with a shotgun. Nobody at the school officially acknowledged his death (perhaps because it was suicide) but the message was that nobody cares about gay kids. I literally felt like I might be the only one left after he died.

However, my outdoor education teacher in Grade 11 told us that as many as 10 per cent of people are LGBTQ. He said that in our class of 25, at least a couple of us would be gay and that was normal. (At least two of us are, I later found out.) Even though I had read that fact many times before online, hearing a teacher say it gave it legitimacy and made things a lot better for those of use who were in the closet or still figuring out our sexuality.

We should never underestimate how important it is for teachers in particular to talk about this stuff, because a lot of well-meaning parents are too afraid to get into it, or don’t have the facts. Mine didn’t.”

Josh, 30

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We are on-line again!

After a few months of downtime, the Men4Men program is now available once again on Grindr, Jack’d, Squirt and Scruff. We will be hanging out on other apps and sites too in the near future, so look for our Men4Men profile and hit us up any time you have questions or want to chat!

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Hey Guys!

Just wanted to make sure you all knew that the Free Anonymous STI Clinic that runs out of Hamilton General every Wednesday 4:30pm-7:00pm will be moving to McMaster Family Practice at 100 Main St W as of May 27th! It is one of five Hamilton area STI clinics that provide screening for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and provide anonymous Point of Care rapid HIV testing. Its free, quick, and nothing goes on your file. For information about clinic hours and tests available see:

http://www.hamilton.ca/HealthandSocialServices/PublicHealth/SexualHealth/SexInfoClinic.htm

And remember, the Men 4 Men program can help you out if you have any questions, need some morale support, or just want to chat.

Your health is important, and you are worth it!

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God sues all homosexuals in Nebraska, has terrible grammar about it. Read the full article here.

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Op-ed: 5 Reasons Men’s Health Needs a Trans Man On The Cover | Advocate.com.

HIV testing in the tubs

Free, anonymous rapid HIV testing. A simple prick of your finger and you get the result in minutes! bathhouse testing april

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