Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) come to Canada for a lot of reasons. Some come for an education. Others come because of family. Some want the freedom to express their sexuality or gender. Before we get here, many of us see Canada as a “gay heaven” where we can freely seek out other men. Yet, some of us might experience culture shock for a little while. You may see men holding hands, hugging, or kissing. It can take time to adjust. There’s a lot that you need to know. We hope this website will help you with some of the challenges of learning to live in Canada.
It can be difficult to find men for friendship, sex or a relationship especially when we are unfamiliar with the way things work in Canada. We can feel sad, lonely and isolated when we are away from friends or family, getting to know a new city, and dealing with immigration. Some of us cope by having risky sex or using drugs or alcohol that’s why you need to know about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to protect yourself.
We hope that this website will help you with some of the challenges of learning to live in Canada. It can help you learn about the gay scene and think about what you need to do to avoid HIV and other STIs. We include questions that men in the community could ask you and questions that you might ask. We also talk about social activities and services.