The theme for the observation in 2020 is Sexual Pleasure in the Times of COVID-19
Sexual Health Month, celebrated each September, is a good time to assess our level of sexual health and to clear up any gaps in our knowledge. We’ve got some information that will help you get off to a solid start. Knowledge is power, and there are no dumb or embarrassing questions. With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look.
Vancouver, BC: Today, Health Initiative for MEN (HIM) – a local non-profit society that aims to strengthen the health and well-being of gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit and queer (GBT2Q) men -announced the launch of a new intervention to help men who are “less out” about their sexuality find information and tools to safely and confidentially access mental, sexual and social health in the community.
The multi pronged intervention (OutsideIN) includes a website resource and accompanying awareness campaign which aim to build empathy and understanding among the GBT2Q community toward the fact that outness is different for everyone as well as to let guys who are less out know that they don’t have to be out in order for them to access to the tools that would allow them to take control of their own sexual health.
Commenting on the launch, Program Manager, Health Promotion Simon Rayek Said: “We need to simultaneously recognize the unique stress related to being less out while understanding that that coming out is not the singular solution. Between 10 and 25 percent of men who have sex with men in Canada say they have never ‘come out’ to anyone, including their doctors. These men experience a number of health inequities compared to their more “out” counterparts; they have lower sexual health literacy, lower testing rates for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, weaker social networks, higher rates of social isolation, and increased stress levels. We also know that these inequities are often unaddressed by health organizations whose reach may be more-or-less limited to GBT2Q who are out enough to openly inquire about and utilize health services aimed at sexual minority populations.”
HIM invites members of the GBT2Q community and the broader society to visit www.outness.ca to learn more and start unpacking the complexities of outness.
About Health Initiative for MEN:
Health Initiative for Men (HIM) is a peer-based organization that serves the unique sexual, mental, social, and physical health needs of GBT2Q in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland and across British Columbia.
HIM operates five health centres where we offer sexual health testing (including vaccination, treatment and prevention options), as well as professional counselling, sexual health education, and support groups. HIM is dedicated to strengthening the health and wellness of GBT2Q through trusted, tailored, targeted health promotion.
Smashing sexual shame and living outside the box. “All women are entitled to experience pleasure in whatever form aligns with them. Pleasure is their birthright,” says Chantel Porter, owner and operator of Wild Love Co., an online Pleasure and Sexuality Life Coaching company.
Working with women 1-on-1 or in group classes, Chantel educates women about how their bodies work, their anatomy, and how to experience sexual pleasure in a safe space. She assists her clients in navigating the negative messages women have learned about who they should be as “sexual beings”, teaching them to create healthy, happy, and fulfilling sexual and intimate relationships with their partners without shame.
Chantel previously worked for herself as an aesthetician for about 5 years. She had always known she wanted to be self-employed, so when she started delving more into self-education, it flowed—a natural progression to continue to work for herself—just in a different industry.
She chose to help women with their sexuality because she struggled for many years. She experienced a lot of trauma including sexual trauma as a child and teenager that negatively impacted the way she lived for many years.
When she began healing from the abuse, she found great clarity and happiness that she didn’t know she could have in her life. Chantel knew she needed to help other women find happiness as well. She knew she could help them more deeply because she had come through what they were dealing with.
“I am deeply passionate about helping women to find their self-love and empowerment,” says Chantel. “I get to see women transform right before my eyes, like watching a flower bloom but it’s a woman. It is the most amazing feeling to know that I can have such a massive positive impact in women’s lives, that someone like me who was so broken for so long, can guide other women to finding their happiness.”
Chantel’s advice for women wanting to start their own business.
“It can be terrifying to take a leap or a baby step, but if this thing is nagging at you, pulling you towards it, it is for a reason! Do it afraid! If you don’t try you will always live your life wondering “what if”. People may tell you all the reasons why it can’t, won’t or might fail, that’s okay, they aren’t you! They aren’t doing it, you are.”
Sexual consent is a challenge for most gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with other men according to the findings of a study published in the Journal of Sex Research.
You’ve probably experienced it too. You meet a guy at a club, for example, good vibes all around, drinks are flowing, and conversation. Soon you’re getting all-handsy with each other, and before you know it, you head to the dark areas (or home) with the explicit intention of consummating your mutual feelings.
Somewhere along the way, however, you change your mind. Maybe he says or does something that pisses you off or is just a turn-off, and you know deep down that happy ending ain’t happening. Unfortunately, now you have to tell him and “kill the vibe.” How do you do it?
That’s just one scenario.
While some men have no issues negotiating consent, most do. 78 percent of the 350 men interviewed for the study reported numerous issues around negotiation. Another 64 percent told of instances where an unwanted sexual experience occurred.
To read more of this story, follow the link to Homoculture
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