Want better free lube? Pick up a sample pack from ACCM’s outreach coordinators and help us tell Public Health which of the three brands you like best. Your response will be anonymous and will help us improve the lubricant we give out. In order to get a sample pack, come by our drop-in centre at 2075 Plessis or contact us at 438-881-7393.
Job Posting: Kontak Gay Men’s Outreach Coordinator
(16 or 32 hours per week, negotiable)
AIDS Community Care Montreal is looking for a Kontak Gay Men’s Outreach Coordinator to join our team! Kontak (kontak.ca) is a harm-reduction based distribution service for gay men in Montreal, delivering safer sex supplies, toys, and safer drug-use materials. We provide information, counselling, and support at events, clubs, and sex parties. We are available to talk about testing, drug use, access to care, risk, mental health, and maintaining a healthy sex life. You will:
- Reach out to gay men at sex parties, bars, clubs, and other spaces where gay men hang out.
- Provide interventions to gay men wanting to talk about their sex lives and partying.
- Liaise with party organizers, bar managers, and community leaders. You will assume an active role in the gay community to promote harm reduction and access to safer sex and drug-use materials.
- Lead project-based outreach on behalf of ACCM at events, including Fierté, Black & Blue and other initiatives.
- Engage in online outreach with gay men, including dating apps and social media.
Our ideal candidate:
- Has strong ties to the gay community in Montreal. You are comfortable in and knowledgeable about gay male sexual spaces, including bathhouses, sex parties, campgrounds, and the bars in Montreal’s Gay Village.
- Has demonstrated experience in counselling and intervention. You are empathetic, kind, and a strong listener. You have a fervent belief in harm reduction, and a proven history of practicing harm reduction-based interventions.
- Is knowledgeable about sexual health. You have fundamental knowledge of HIV, HepC, STBBIs, ACCM, GIPA, Montreal’s queer and trans communities, drug use, and the social drivers of health.
- Is knowledgeable about safer drug-use and harm reduction strategies. You are comfortable doing interventions with people who are drug users or who are presently using. Personal experience using drugs an asset.
- Has a history of online outreach, online interventions (Grindr, Scruff, BBRT), and communicating through social media (Twitter, Facebook). As an asset, you have experience in graphic design.
- Positively adds to the life of ACCM. You are a team player with a desire to help the organization be the best it can be. You are flexible in your duties and working methods, and enjoy working collaboratively with a diverse group of people. You believe in the organization’s mission and values, and will act as an ambassador for ACCM to our internal and external partners and external committees.
- Is comfortable grant writing, fundraising, and networking in the gay community. You can work a room, and are an excellent representative for ACCM at public events. You take initiative when it comes to funding your program through sponsorship, individual giving, and grant proposals.
- Perfectly fluent in French and English (written and spoken).
We are looking for an exciting addition to our team. To apply, please send us your CV as well as a letter outlining your experience in the gay community, approach to harm-reduction based interventions, non-profit experience, and your ideas about expanding our gay men’s outreach. All applications must have precise salary expectations. Applications without these criteria will not be considered. Applications can be made in confidence to Matthew Halse, Executive Director, on behalf of Cassandre Poblah at firstname.lastname@example.org before August 19, 2016.
People living with HIV or HepC are actively encouraged to apply for this role.
The MOBILISE! Survey is an online questionnaire aimed at giving us a picture of the current situation in Montreal when you try to make use of prevention services such as testing and PrEP or to other sexual health services. MOBILISE! brings together a diversity of men who are gay, bisexual, queer, straight, cis and trans, HIV-positive and HIV-negative. The results of the survey will be used to make improvements to the services we use.
Gayblevision is Canada’s first gay and lesbian television program and broadcast one of the first people to speak out and identify themselves as HIV positive.
Interview with Radiolab, the co-producers of a fascinating radio show about Cuban punks who deliberately injected themselves with HIV as a form of resistance to the Castro government (link to the radioshow included in the article).
“Since I’ve started dating men and becoming more involved in the queer community in Boston, I’ve met more older gay men. And when I say older, I mean at least double my age. I’ve started hanging out with them more and becoming close friends with them. In the time I’ve spent with them, I learned a lot about myself and a lot about the LGBT community. Here a 10 things I’ve learned from the older generation of gay men.”
“I’d never considered the price of intimacy until I hired a sex worker. Though I’d been learning to embrace my life in a wheelchair—a result of cerebral palsy—going without touch, or even access to my own body, was taking a toll” -A. Gurza
“HIV is more treatable and more preventable than ever before, but public perception of the virus is not keeping up. In fact, some advocates argue that because people living with HIV are less visible — because they’re leading healthy, functional lives like everybody else — stigma against people living with HIV is actually as problematic as ever.” -Zack Ford