What is HQ
HQ Toronto at 790 Bay St. will be an easily accessible, safe, welcoming space for cis guys into guys and trans and non-binary people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, HIV status, socio-economic status, immigration status or ability.
It's time to take a different approach to our wellbeing
Person-centered care @ HQ
Cis gay, bi, queer guys and trans people experience higher rates of mental health issues and substance use challenges; childhood trauma, stigma, homophobia, and social isolation often create barriers for us. By caring for our mental health, HQ will improve outcomes for the whole community.
HQ will offer innovative STI testing, express HIV testing and treatment, as well as private facilities for STI self-swabbing.
As a community hub, HQ will offer group rooms that will allow cis guys into guys and trans people into guys to see HQ as home. A community space for poetry and book clubs, art events and coffee nights.
What to Expect at HQ
A place where people come together
HQ will be a community gathering space that hosts social events. We’ll create a space where cis guys into guys and trans people into guys can connect, support one another and enhance their well-being. We will strengthen community, foster a sense of belonging, reduce social isolation and loneliness, and make a particular effort to reach people who are vulnerable or marginalized.
HQ means inclusion
HQ believes in the power of diversity and inclusivity. We will actively engage cis guys into guys and trans people into guys as staff, peers and volunteers and encourage them to use their lived experience to shape our services. We will provide a welcoming, accepting space, free of judgement and discrimination, where we see ourselves and our cultures reflected in the people planning, delivering and receiving hub services.
A space for all cis guys into guys and trans people into guys
HQ will approach its work with empathy, respect and compassion. We’ll create a welcoming space that supports cis guys into guys and trans people into guys in their unique journeys. Ours is an affirming, sex-positive, shame-free, bullying-free space we are free to celebrate our identities with pride and confidence.
We acknowledge the strengths and lived realities of cis guys into guys and trans people into guys, and we will tailor our services to each person’s unique needs and experiences. Our health services are affirming, evidence-based, strengths-based and trauma-informed. We listen and we learn. We strive to use the best available knowledge and experience to help cis guys into guys and trans people into guys build resilience and reduce harm.
Who is HQ?
HQ is a collaboration of diverse agencies committed to the health of cis guys into guys and trans people into guys. We’re also partnering with hospital and primary health care partners in Toronto to provide innovative and holistic health services.
You can get care, and get your results.
HQ welcomes all cis guys into guys and trans people into guys.