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Dasa and Jason are members of the organizing community for Dragonfruit Collective, based in Ottawa, Canada. Dragonfruit aims to showcase Queer Asian performers, movies, and artists, and as well as to provide an inclusive and safer space for LGBTQ+ folks in the Asian community to mingle and have fun. Contact: dragonfruitevent@gmail.com Instagram: @dragxncollective

The (In)existence of LGBT Asian Spaces

By MAX Ottawa / May 23, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many have returned home to self-isolate with their loved ones and families to prevent further spread of the virus. Home to many of us is where we feel safe and loved, but to LGBT+ folks, and especially those who are B/I/PoC, the feeling of an accepting and caring home may be…

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Blog post banner: Building Community, One Dice at a Time written by Martin Lee, he/him, about his community maximizer project Dungeons and Daddies.

Daddies and Dragons!

By MAX Ottawa / May 6, 2020

Building Community…One Dice at a Time! As a young queer man, I spent a large portion of my time surrounded by straight friends in high school. One of the activities I remember fondly was playing dungeons and dragons (D&D), but it was never something that the other gay guy in school wanted to do. I…

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Community MAXimizers in Action!

By MAX Ottawa / February 24, 2020

Have an idea on how you can improve the health and well-being of guys into guys? Community MAXimizers are community leaders that help promote the health and well being of GBT2Q guys in the Ottawa region. If you have a project in mind and want to become a community MAXimizer, we can help you get…

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Soirée d'emballage d’outils dédiés à la réduction des méfaits

By MAX Ottawa / December 2, 2019

Jusqu’à présent, en 2019, MAX Ottawa a distribué 13 584 outils de réduction des méfaits ! Comment poursuivre sur le sur même rythme ? Avec l’aide de bénévoles et de membres de la communauté, à commencer par toi par exemple !  Soirée d’emballage d’outils dédiés à la réduction des méfaits Le 28 novembre 2019, nous…

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Packing Party for harm reduction supplies.

Harm Reduction Supply Packing Party

By MAX Ottawa / November 29, 2019

So far in 2019, MAX Ottawa has distributed 13,584 harm reduction supplies! How do we keep up? With the help of volunteers and community members such as yourself!  Harm Reduction Supply Packing Party On November 28, 2019, we hosted a harm reduction packing party. Fourteen people attended along with MAX’s staff Mohamad, Josh, and Robert.…

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Max Ottawa team at a Spill the Tea event

MAX presents at National GBT2Q Men’s Health Summit

By MAX Ottawa / November 22, 2019

MAX Ottawa presented at the 2019 Community-Based Research Centre’s (CBRC) Summit. The Summit is CRBC’s annual two-day event that promotes knowledge exchange and capacity building for gay, bi, trans, Two-Spirit, and queer men’s (GBT2Q) health. This year’s theme was ‘Queering Healthcare Access & Accessibility,’ Over 300 researchers, service providers, community members and organizations were challenged…

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Navigating ODSP as a guy into guys

Navigating ODSP as a guy into guys

By MAX Ottawa / November 6, 2019

The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP): a safety net for many guys into guys Everybody deserves a safety net. However, the world of social services and government support for those of us who are struggling can be difficult to navigate at times. On October 9th, MAX organized a workshop, in collaboration with Centre 454 and Bruce House on navigating…

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Spill the Tea Premieres in Vancouver

By MAX Ottawa / October 28, 2019

YouthCO and MAX Bring Innovative “Spill the Tea” Campaign to Vancouver With a grant from ViiV Healthcare, YouthCO and MAX are launching their groundbreaking campaign to promote safer partying education for guys who are into guys in British Columbia for the first time. October 28 (Vancouver, BC) – On Wednesday, October 30th, YouthCO and MAX, in…

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MAX logo on top left, the words Spill the Tea is written in white, on top of a purple background. The VIIV Healthcare and Capital Pride logo are in the bottom left.

Spill the Tea!

By MAX Ottawa / October 28, 2019

Spill the Tea is a health and wellness intervention program to deliver safer partying education and awareness among guys into guys who participate in party and play, sometimes referred to as chemsex. This page will answer: What is Spill the Tea and how did it come about? Where can I get harm reduction supplies? Where…

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MAX logo on top left, the words Spill the Tea is written in white, on top of a purple background. The VIIV Healthcare and Capital Pride logo are in the bottom left.

Spill the Tea

By MAX Ottawa / October 28, 2019

Spill the Tea (renverser du thé) est un programme d’intervention axé vers la santé et le mieux-être. Il vise à sensibiliser les gars intéressés par d’autres gars sur les façons les plus sûres de faire la fête. Il s’agit aussi de sensibiliser les gars intéressés par d’autres gars qui participent au PnP (« party and play »)…

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