Totally Outright is a four day leadership workshop for young gay guys interested in being healthy, sex-savvy trendsetters. Over two weekends, young gay men will participate in interactive, thought provoking presentations from community leaders and experts in gay men's health. Topics range from coming out, to gay sex, drug related harm reduction, to relationships, and a whole lot in-between.
Started and initially run by the CBRC, Totally Outright was based on Sex Now data from 2002 and 2004. With funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to develop a HIV prevention program for young gay men, the course began in 2005 and has been run annually since 2007.
Today, the Health Initiative for Men is delivering the program in Vancouver, the AIDS Committee of Toronto puts on Totally Outright in Toronto, and the Rainbow Resource Centre runs the Manitoba program. The CBRC still provides the facilitators guide and participant manuals to these organizations.
The Totally Outright guide for sexual health leaders is available online in our Resource Library and hard copies are available in the office.
After Totally Outright, the CBRC saw the need for more young gay men to engage in research. In 2011, the "Investigaytors" were created as another initative to act as a program for TO graduates and those interested in research. Today, the Investigaytors and the Totally Outright programs have grown each year, succeeding in their local communities and growing to new chapters across Canada.