Advance builds on the collective expertise of leading community-based organizations across Canada to amplify the voices of GBT2Q men within the health system.
What is advance?
Advance is a pan-Canadian collaboration to improve the accessibility and uptake of health services among gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men (cis and trans), and Two-Spirit people (GBT2Q) in Canada. Our vision is for GBT2Q communities to have equitable access to the services they need.
In Canada, GBT2Q men remain disproportionately impacted by HIV and sexually transmissible and blood-borne infections (STBBI), in addition to facing greater needs in relation to mental health and substance use. These challenges require a coordinated response across governments, communities, and the health system that prioritizes GBT2Q men, including greater investments in HIV/STBBI testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), mental health services, and cultural competency training for healthcare providers.
Advance builds on the collective expertise of leading GBT2Q community-based organizations across Canada to amplify the voices of the community within the health system. Through strategic partnership with the government, policymakers, and researchers, we aim to mobilize evidence and stimulate improved health policy and practice affecting our diverse communities.
This collaborative project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Community Action Fund on HIV and STBBIs.
about our team
Advance is a partnership between leading community-based organizations from across Canada dedicated to the health and wellness of GBT2Q men:
ACT – Toronto
Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) – National, Atlantic and Prairie Regions
Health Initiative for Men (HIM) – Vancouver/BC
MAX – Ottawa region
RÉZO – Montreal/Quebec
Our vision is for a comprehensive, responsive, and equitable health system that meets the broader health needs of gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men (cis and trans), and Two-Spirit people (GBT2Q) across Canada.
Our mission is to improve the accessibility and uptake of health services for gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men (cis and trans), and Two-Spirit people (GBT2Q). In partnership with public health, researchers, policymakers, and our communities, we mobilize the evidence, tools, and leadership necessary to ensure GBT2Q men in Canada have access to equitable and culturally competent care.
We are committed to inclusiveness, strengthening diversity, and integrating an anti-oppression lens into our work.
We believe that health is more than the absence of disease and includes social, physical, mental, and sexual dimensions.
We value evidence and the use of scientific and community-based research to guide program and policy development.
We are committed to the meaningful involvement of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.