MAX offers group, and community support and education services by and for guys into guys in the Ottawa region.
Want to share with other guys like you?
We offer several 8-week support groups throughout the year covering a variety of topics related to health and wellness. These groups are closed, which means that registration is required to participate.
Hoping to feel more comfortable in your skin?
Join our Every Body group.
Feeling disconnected or maxed out?
Join our Getting Connected group.
Is worrying stopping you from living your best life?
Join our Anxiety group.
Looking for support to explore the challenges of sex without meth?
Join our After the ParTy group.
Get in touch to express your interest or if you would like more information.
Keeping it 100 (K1) is an African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) guy into guys discussion group. Queer men of color, cis or trans, have unique experiences as racial and sexual minorities. Started and ran by ACB queer men, K1 provides a safe place to engage in meaningful discussion and community building around the unique issues we experience. Group meet-ups are every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Contact MAX for details or schedule changes.
Been there, done that, Now What?
A casual discussion group for GBT2Q guys over 40 years of age.
We meet every third Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 pm at 251 Bank street
For more information contact MAX Ottawa
Would you like to broaden your social circle, but haven't done that in so long that it seems challenging? Maybe it's time to step a bit outside your comfort zone and come to a gathering.
As maturing members of the GBT2Q community, we come together to create a welcoming environment where we can reduce isolation and expand our network of friends.
Please join us. We're a friendly bunch!
An art based program for guys into guys. Each month features a different project for community members to create.
Sessions are every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 251 Bank Street from 7-9 pm.. For more information about upcoming dates, contact Mikey@maxottawa.ca
Want to maximize your leadership?
MAX Ottawa has exciting upcoming opportunities for guys into guys aged 18-29. The programs will be a meaningful way to give back to the GBT2Q male community while learning valuable skills. Check back for updates.
Have an idea to improve the health and well-being of guys into guys?
Community MAXimizers are individuals that want to help promote the health, well being and social connections of guys into guys in the Ottawa region. If you have an idea and want to become a MAXimizer we can help support and fund your project!
Applications can be completed and returned to Matthew or Mohamad, our Community Engagement staff members, or pick one up in our office.
We also have answers to frequently asked questions about the program.
For more information, contact us!
Want to learn about health & wellness?
Monthly educational workshops relating to a variety of topics surrounding GBT2Q men's health, presented in partnership with The Ottawa Hospital. Topics are usually related to mental, physical, sexual, spiritual and social health.
Check out our website or social media for details about upcoming sessions!
Party and Play, also called chemsex or PnP, is a commonly used term among guys into guys for using drugs before or during sex. MAX recognizes this is one of many ways guys connect with each other, like bars, apps, sports, activism, groups. However, the unique stigma surrounding drugs and sex is a barrier to having discussions in our communities that stop many from accessing the tools they need to party and play more safely. These can include:
- Accessing harm reduction supplies such as injection kits, needles, and Naloxone kits
- Getting regular HIV and STI testing performed
- Seeking social and peer support and
- Speaking to service providers and health professionals
In response to this, MAX, in partnership with ViiV Healthcare and Capital Pride, have launched Spill the Tea, which focuses on safer partying education and awareness and getting guys into guys in the Ottawa region connected to information and resources.
How are we doing that?
Hosting three events over the year at local social venues with drag queens to provide a fun and safe environment.
The kickoff edition of Spill the Tea took place on August 23rd. The event featured Shea Coulee, RuPaul’s season 9 top four queen, Anaconda LaSabrosa from Montreal, Mikiki from Toronto, and local queen Devona Coe at the 27 Club. Alongside Somerset West Health Centre and Ottawa Public Health, we supplied almost 800 safer partying supplies for attendees.
For more details about upcoming events, head to maxottawa.ca/spillthetea
Want to maximize your wellness?
Gay ZONE provides a wide range of programs and services for gay, bi, trans men and other men who have sex with men in the Ottawa area. Gay ZONE is open Thursday evenings from 5-8pm at the Centretown Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper Street (near Bank).
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether it is doing outreach, peer coaching, or fundraising, there is a volunteer opportunity for you
Become a volunteer and join MAX's team! MAX is the place in the Ottawa Region to volunteer with to help improve the health and wellness for guys into guys.