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PHO Rounds: Focus on LGBTQ Public Health in Ontario
Friday, June 30, 2017 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave. Suite 300 Toronto ON M5G 1V2, Boardroom 350
Learning and development
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar
Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.
In honour of Pride Month (June 2017), we present a two-part PHO Rounds series which will explore emerging trends in research and practice in LGBTQ public health in Ontario.


The intersections between health communication and identity are complex and dynamic. This session will highlight Ontario-based campaigns which have engaged diverse LGBTQ communities by creating messages that are relevant, supportive, and accessible. We will reflect on the stories we tell about LGBTQ health issues through the lens of public health.

AIDS ACTION NOW! Poster Virus campaign
(Jessica Whitbread and Alexander McClelland, AIDS ACTION NOW!)

PosterVirus is an ongoing Day With(out) Art community-based activist street and online art initiative and affinity group of Toronto’s AIDS ACTION NOW! The posters have been shown across North America in a range of exhibits and on the streets of various cities. This presentation will provide an overview of this curatorial project which was developed collaboratively between Alexander McClelland and Jessica Whitbread to expand the limits imposed on how we can talk about AIDS.

The Sex You Want: An Ontario response to gay men’s sexual health (Dane Griffiths, Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario)

Despite scientific advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV, cisgender and transgender gay, bisexual, queer and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) continue to be overrepresented in the HIV epidemic in Ontario. Launched in January 2017, The Sex You Want is a community-driven, sex-positive, and evidence-informed online sexual health intervention which targets gbMSM.

This session will describe how this campaign increases awareness of different sexual health strategies available to gbMSM and empowers them to make informed choices while honoring their unique relationship to desire and pleasure, allowing them to integrate their strategies into a quest for better sex, better connections and heightened emotional and overall well-being.


The needs of LGBTQ people have long been overlooked in our health systems and medical school curricula. This session will explore what it means to deliver culturally competent care to LGBTQ populations, and discuss the benefits of increasing the representation of these traditionally underrepresented groups in medical training.

Trans health perspectives and experiences in medical education (Kat Butler, McMaster University)

This presentation will give an overview of the current state of the literature on the experiences of LGB medical students, describe the benefits of increasing the representation of traditionally underrepresented groups in medical training, and outline a research project seeking to describe the experiences of trans and two spirit medical students in Canada.

Key health issues for LGBTQ youth (Adam Benn, Sherbourne Health Centre)

Many LGBTQ youth struggle with the experience of being disowned, ridiculed, living in fear, sexual assault, verbal and physical abuse. Understanding key issues for LGBTQ youth requires understanding the lived experience of LGBTQ.

This session will highlight these issues, and how we can work with providers to explore culturally competent strategies for providers.
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Jessica Whitbread and Alexander McClelland, AIDS ACTION NOW!

Jessica Whitbread works in the realm of social practice and community art, often merging art and activism to engage a diversity of audiences in critical dialogue. Her primary interests are on the intersections of bodies, sexuality and desire, and how gender, sero status and criminalization, impact understandings and navigation of sexual relationships. Her primary work includes Tea Time, No Pants No Problem and is a co-curator of PosterVirus.

Alexander McClelland is completing a PhD at Concordia University. His work focuses on issues of criminalization, autonomy and HIV. He is a member of the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization and he is the collaborator on the PosterVirus affinity group of AIDS ACTION NOW!

Dane Griffiths, Acting Director, Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario (GMSH)

Dane Griffiths is the Acting Director & Manager of Health Promotion at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario (GMSH). He coordinates the planning, implementation and evaluation of gay men’s health campaigns and knowledge transfer/exchange activities to strengthen gay men’s sexual health programs in community based organizations across the province.


Kat Butler, Medical Student, McMaster University

Kat Butler is a settler of Irish and Scottish descent who is attending medical school at McMaster University, on Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabeg traditional territories. Kat has previously worked as a community organizer, emergency department nurse, and facilitator. Their interests include medical education, adolescent health, harm reduction, decolonizing curricula, and LGBTQ2S+ health. In 2017, Kat was awarded an OMSA/AMS Medical Student Education Research Grant for research on the experiences of trans and Two-Spirit medical students.

Adam Benn, Manager of LGBTQ Community Programs, Sherbourne Health Centre

Adam Benn is the current Manager of LGBTQ Communities Programs at the Sherbourne Health Centre, which includes the award winning Supporting Our Youth (SOY) Program. Adam is a black, queer, self-proclaimed "conflict worker" born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He has had the privilege of working with youth in many communities across Toronto.
Please note that you will receive details on how to join the webinar after registering for this event.

Public Health Ontario Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact


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