Workshops & Forums

Workshops For Gay Men

We offer a range of FREE workshops for same sex attracted men (gay, bisexual, or curious).

Participating in a workshop is a great way to make new friends in a safe social environment and to learn more about identity, coming out, sex and sexual health, HIV, relationships, the LGBTI community and other relevant topics. There are usually between 10-14 guys in each group.

Our workshops are facilitated by trained professional volunteers and run over 2 – 6 sessions, depending on the workshop. Workshops happen at the ACON offices in central Sydney and selected regional offices.

The below workshops are for all gay men. We also run other workshops for young gay men aged 18-26.

 

Upcoming Workshops

We are currently seeking participants for the below workshops. Once enough participants have enrolled, dates for the workshop will be confirmed.

Arse-Class

Arse Class

Arse Class is a free, six week peer education workshop for gay men who want to know more about anal sex and sexual health. The topics covered in the workshop include anal health, anatomy and preparation for bottoming. It also covers anal orgasm and sexual positions, and prevention of HIV and other STI’s.
Duration: 6 sessions
Where: ACON Sydney
When: Dates TBA
Time:  6 30pm to 9 30pm.
Sign up here

 

Better-Sex

Better Sex

Better Sex is a six week workshop designed for all gay men. We will talk about how we feel about sex, how we can negotiate and access better sexual encounters and relationships. You will learn how to have more pleasurable sex in a way that enhances your overall health and wellbeing. The workshop will cover from oral and anal pleasure to other more adventurous activities. You will also hear from a well experienced panel in the final week.
Duration: 6 sessions
Where: ACON Sydney
When: Dates TBA
Time:  6 30pm to 9 30pm.
Sign up here

 

Looking-For-Mr-Right

Looking for Mr Right

Looking for Mr Right is a six week workshop designed for single gay men. You will learn about enhancing your communication skills, the dating do’s and don’ts, HIV, sexual health and intimacy. You’ll also hear from a panel of men who have different experiences of being in a variety of relationship types.
Duration: 6 sessions
Where: ACON Sydney
When: Dates TBA
Time:  6 30pm to 9 30pm.
Sign up here

 

Getting-Together

Getting Together

Getting Together provides an opportunity to discuss our identities and values with a group of like-minded same sex attracted men. This will explore all the different types of relationships we have in life such as friendships, partners and casual encounters. As a group we learn how best to communicate within social networks, both online and offline. We also look at sexual health, substance usage and HIV within our community.
Duration: 6 sessions
Where: ACON Sydney
When: Dates TBA
Time:  6 30pm to 9 30pm.
Sign up here

 

YGM-workshop-headers-SMS-Arabic

Start Making Sense – Arabic & Middle Eastern speaking background
The Young Gay Men’s Project is offering a FREE WORKSHOP for same-sex attracted guys from an Arabic or Middle Eastern background. The workshop is run by peer volunteers and explores identity, coming out, cultural expectations, relationships, friendships and community.

Duration: 6 sessions
Where: ACON Sydney
When: Dates TBA
Time:  6 30pm to 9 30pm.
Sign up here

Find Out More

For more information about any of our gay health workshops or express interest in attending, please contact us: 1800 063 060 | (02) 9206 2075 | groups@acon.org.au

Workshops for Young Gay Men

We offer a range of FREE workshops for young same sex attracted men (gay, bisexual, curious) aged 18 – 26.

Participating in a workshop is a great way to make new friends in a safe social environment and to learn more about identity, coming out, sex and sexual health, HIV, relationships, the LGBTI community and other relevant topics. There are usually between 10-14 guys in each group.

Our workshops are facilitated by trained professional volunteers and run over 2 – 6 sessions, depending on the workshop. Workshops happen at the ACON offices in central Sydney and selected regional offices.

Sign up for a workshop here

 

Upcoming Workshops

We’re currently seeking participants for the below workshop/s. Once enough participants have enrolled, dates for the workshop will be confirmed.

SMS-westernsydney

Start Making Sense – Western Sydney

This a free workshop for young gay men aged 18 to 26.

We are teaming up with Headspace Parramatta to deliver a Start Making Sense workshop about the gay community, coming out, sexual health, friends and relationships.

The workshop will help you understand:

  • Identity – what it means to be gay and young
  • Explore the process of coming out with a group of peers
  • Learn about the gay community, the scene and how to develop social networks
  • Explore friendships, relationships and communication skills with a group a peer
  • Learn about HIV and sexual health

Date: TBA
Duration: 6 sessions over 6 weeks
Time: 6 30pm to 9 30pm
Where: 2 Wentworth St, Parramatta (Headspace)
Sign up here

 

YGM-workshop-headers-SMS-Arabic

Start Making Sense – Arabic & Middle Eastern speaking background
The Young Gay Men’s Project is offering a FREE WORKSHOP, specifically for young (18 – 30) same-sex attracted guys from an Arabic or Middle Eastern background. The workshop is run by peer volunteers and explores identity, coming out, cultural expectations, relationships, friendships and community. If you are interested contact youth@acon.org.au

Date: TBA
Duration: 6 sessisons over 6 weeks
Time: 630pm to 9 30pm
Where: ACON 414 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills, Sydney
Sign up here

 

adultthemes2

Adult Themes

Explore attraction. Deepen your understanding of issues around sex, sexuality and dating. Get tips and techniques about how to have better sex, and how to safely explore the more adventurous side of sexuality. This workshop covers anal pleasure and health, sex toys and adventurous play. It explores how and where to get the kind of sex you want, sexual attitudes, values, intimacy, relationships, communication. You’ll even get to hear from a panel of guys in the know.

Date: Every Tuesday from 24 January
Duration: 6 sessions over 6 weeks
Time: 6 30pm to 9 30pm
Where: ACON 414 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills, Sydney
Sign up: groups@acon.org.au

 

GettingItOnline

Getting It Online

Learn tips and techniques for setting up an effective gay networking profile. Make new friends while exploring popular mobile apps/websites to gain the kind of experiences you want! Discuss the advantages and challenges of using the internet for finding mates, dates and sex, and investigate our social values relating to online etiquette and sexual discrimination. We’ll also talk about how to stay safe when hooking up!

Date: TBA
Duration: 3 sessions over 3 weeks
Time: 6 30pm to 9 30pm
Where: ACON 414 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills, Sydney
Sign up: groups@acon.org.au

 

StartMakingSense

Start Making Sense

This a free workshop for young gay men aged 18 to 26.

The workshop will help you understand:

  • Identity – what it means to be gay and young
  • Explore the process of coming out with a group of peers
  • Learn about the gay community, the scene and how to develop social networks
  • Explore friendships, relationships and communication skills with a group a peer
  • Learn about HIV and sexual health

Date: TBA
Duration: 6 sessions over 6 weeks
Time: 6 30pm to 9 30pm
Where: ACON 414 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills, Sydney
Sign up: groups@acon.org.au

 

SMS-online

Start Making Sense – Regional & Rural Online

We’re here for young gay men. Join our online Start Making Sense workshop.

This workshop is for young gay and same-sex attracted men aged 18-26 who live in rural and regional areas.

It is an opportunity to meet other young guys around NSW, learn more about identity, coming out, HIV and sexual health.

You will need a computer or smartphone to access the content of the workshop each week and participate in the group discussion.

The workshop is scheduled to begin in early June.

Date: TBA
Duration:
6 sessions over 6 weeks
Time:
630pm to 830pm
Where:
Online

 

Cruising-101 (2)

Cruising 101

Ever wanted to find out more about gay saunas, but were too afraid to ask? Cruising 101 is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes 2-day crash course in how to use saunas and sex clubs. Learn how to cruise, respectfully reject unwanted advances, minimise risk, maximise pleasure and stay safe in the cruising environment.

Duration: 6 sessions
Where: Sydney and selected regional offices
When: Dates TBA

 

Find Out More
For more info, please contact us: 1800 063 060 | (02) 9206 2076 | youth@acon.org.au

Tell Your Story

Tell

Hearing someone else’s story helps us to understand who they are, what they have experienced, and why they think and act as they do. Storytelling is one of the oldest, simplest and most effective methods we can use to teach people about different topics. We learn by interpreting messages from the authors who communicate them, and by noticing the actions of protagonists who are similar to ourselves.

This form of observational learning is one that can and has been used for HIV peer education. When we connect to characters in a narrative, these characters may have great influence on our attitudes and beliefs, encouraging us to adopt a set of behaviours: Stories can emphasise the importance of wearing a condom with fuckbuddies because a series of consequences have been shown to us; they can teach us to balance pleasure with caution, to get tested, to follow the wisdom of a champion who has survived a close encounter with his sexual health.

Our voices matter.

With new forms of digital media and online sharing made available to us, never before has it been easier to be heard.

What is digital storytelling?

This term describes the new practice of ordinary people who use digital tools to tell their ‘story’. Digital stories compel and engage us, prompting us to respond. Storytellers use videos, images, texts, and voiceovers to tell their story, selecting those symbols that best say what they want to say.

The stories in our collection have been created by participants in our workshop program that has run over 6 Saturdays in partnership with Thinkspace at the Powerhouse Museum.

Our current collection of digital stories includes:

I Knew You Didn’t Have Anything

Sero Disco

Community & Social Groups for Women

image-20150304-7328-k21tq0

The Women’s Coming Out Group is a free, confidential social support group, a safe and friendly place for women who are same-sex attracted, lesbian, gay, bi, queer, questioning or unsure, to meet and talk about various topics around sexuality and other life issues. It is facilitated by trained volunteers of Twenty10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling service NSW. Head to the website to find out what happens in a group and to see the list of discussion topics for 2015 groups.

The Australian Lesbian Medical Associations (ALMA) DocLIST website features an extensive list of information and resources to help lesbian, bi and queer women connect with their community and get information on health, legal and human rights issues.

On the list you will find over 600 national and state-based organisations, groups and services and resources. Examples include community events, health services, counselling and support services, social groups, sporting groups, artistic organisations, and young people’s groups.

Our Claude site has a Community page, which lists organisations and social groups, and a Calendar to keep track of upcoming LGBTI and kink events, parties, and workshops.