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Totally OUTright In PEI & NS


** Application Deadline Extended to April 12 **

Are you a young gay, bi,
two-spirit, trans or queer guy?
Want to be a healthy, sex-savvy trendsetter?
Passionate about your community
... and your own sexual health?

Welcome to ...


Want to Chat About Totally OUTright?

Totally OUTright in PEI & NS is now recruiting! Deadline is Apr. 12th. Download your application form here!  Want to talk to your local rep to find out more: 

  • in Prince Edward Island contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR phone 902-566-2437 or 1-800-314-2437;  
  • in Eastern/Northern NS contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR phone 902-425-4882 ext. 222 or 1-800-566-2437 ext. 222;  
  • in Central/Western NS contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR phone 902-425-4882 ext. 222 or 1-800-566-2437 ext. 222. 


What is Totally OUTright?

Totally OUTright in PEI & NS is a FREE, sexual health leadership program for young gay, bi, two-spirit, trans and queer (GB2STQ+) guys from across  Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. It’s for young men who are interested in meeting other guys, and learning more about their sexual health and overall well being.


What happens at Totally OUTright?

Over five days, participants will engage in interactive, thought provoking presentations from community leaders and experts in GB2STQ+ men’s health. Topics range from: coming out to sex, relationships to drug related harm reduction, community history to accessing healthcare, and a whole lot in between! 


Who is Totally OUTright for?

Totally OUTright in PEI & NS is for for young gay, bi, trans*, two-spirit and queer* (GB2STQ*) guys who are 18-29 years of age. This includes both transgender and cisgender guys, masculine-identified folks, guys from all backgrounds and identities, and guys living with HIV.


When & where does Totally OUTright take place?

Totally OUTright in PEI & NS will run May 7-11, 2018 in Halifax. The program space is wheelchair accessible and will have a gender-neutral and wheelchair accessible washroom available.  The program runs each day from 9am-5pm, which includes lunch and breaks. Travel, meals and accommodation assistance is available for those who would not be able to attend otherwise.


What do participants get out of Totally OUTright?

Participants of Totally OUTright in PEI & NS have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with other gay, bi, two-spirit, trans, and queer (GB2STQ+) guys from across the province;
  • Learn more about their sexual and mental health, and how to have healthier relationships;
  • Network and learn from GB2STQ+ community leaders;
  • Gain a greater understanding of local GB2STQ+ / LGBTQ+ history;
  • Become better acquainted with local organizations and community partners;
  • Receive updates on: volunteer opportunities, advisory committee positions, job postings, and on opportunities to engage through events and workshops.


Is there a cost for Totally OUTright?

Totally OUTright  in PEI & NS is provided to participants completely FREE of charge, including lunches and snacks during the program. We also offer travel and accommodation assistance (including meals) to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.


Who is behind Totally OUTright?

Totally OUTright was created by the Vancouver-based Community Based Research Centre for Gay Men's Health (CBRC) and has been implemented by a number of organizations across Canada including: Health Initiative for Men (HIM, Vancouver), ACT (Toronto), the Rainbow Resource Centre (Winnipeg), Calgary Sexual Health Centre, the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, and the Peel HIV/AIDS Network.


I am interested in Totally OUTright, how do I apply?

Download your application form here, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ACNS Gay Men’s Health Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



This program has been made possible in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Additional Nova Scotia program funding provided by the following Community Health Board Development funds: the Chebucto West Community Health Board, the Dartmouth Community Health Board, and the Halifax Community Health Board.

Funding for the Feb. 2017 pilot of this program was provided by the M.A.C AIDS Fund, the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services Sexual Violence Strategy, and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

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We would like to thank the CBRC, the Rainbow Resource Centre, and the AIDS Committee of Ottawa for their support and assistance in developing our pilot offering of Totally OUTright in Nova Scotia.

How your donation helps

Your donation supplies free information and support services for people living with HIV, their families and loved ones.

Your donation gives assistance to people living with HIV in navigating the health care system and other community supports.

Your donation supports the Health Promotion Programs offered and promoted by ACNS.

Your donation informs through Awareness campaigns, education and skills building programs for prevention and testing across Nova Scotia.

Your donation helps us act as an advocate for healthy public policy engagement that fosters supportive environments.

What others have said about Totally OUTright

Vancouver - “Totally Outright had a large impact on me. The holistic health approach with a gay perspective—you don’t get it anywhere else.”

Peel - "I learned a lot about gay men's health, and was able to use that information to keep my partners and I safe. I met some of my best friends at TO and I'm so grateful for this amazing program"

Ottawa - “Totally OUTright ... has opened my thoughts on certain subjects, sex education, and beyond, which will help me with further volunteering and in my career.”

Toronto - “I’ve had the opportunity to meet amazing people and hear some of their stories ....  It definitely made me feel closer to the LGBT community .... “