Community Capacity Building

As we value to the role of our communities, HIM is committed to investing in the communities we serve to take the lead on addressing the issues that matter to them and to their communities. HIM offers a variety of programs that put knowledge and resources in the hands of community leaders:

Community Organizers

Do you have a community program idea that could help strengthen the physical, sexual, social, or mental health and wellbeing of the GBQ and Gender Diverse people in BC? Whether it’s a support group for newcomers, a group cycling activity, or a group to learn about fetish, HIM can help support, host, and promote your program through the Community Organizers program!

BC Community Advocates (BC CommA)

BC Community Advocates (BC CommA) is an annual program that aims to keep community members up-to-date on the latest in gay, bi, queer (GBQ) men, and gender diverse people’s health. Each year, BC CommA participants are invited to attend the Summit (an annual two-day knowledge exchange and capacity building conference on gay, bi, trans, Two-Spirit, and queer (GBT2Q) health)) and participate in workshops and gatherings unique to CommA.  Click here to learn more about BC CommA.

HIM Institute

Through HIM institute and in partnership with community organizations, HIM delivers a variety of capacity building trainings, workshops, and presentations to groups of volunteers, healthcare providers and community members to raise awareness around a wide range of issues relating to GBQ men and gender diverse community health needs and key health promotions, as well as build the skills needed to engage with and serve these communities.


Investigaytors is a community health leadership program for gay, bi, queer men and gender diverse people (GBQ) who are interested in health research. It equips GBQ people with social connections, health knowledge, and community-based research skills they need to be health leaders in their communities! Click hear to find out how you can become an Investigaytor with HIM.

HIM honours the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the territories of many nations on the west coast of Turtle Island, on whose unceded and stolen land we live and work. As uninvited inhabitants, we acknowledge that this space is and always will be Indigenous land.

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