Workshops & Forums

Workshops For Guys Who Like Guys (Cis and Trans)

ACON offers a range of FREE workshops for same-sex attracted guys (gay, bisexual, queer or curious) ages 18+.

Our workshops are a great way to make new friends, improve your networking/relationship building skills and are designed to bring together guys from every part of our community. Our workshops cover, sex, HIV and sexual health, identity, relationships and issues facing the LGBTQ community at large. Our workshops are designed with community to ensure that they cover the topics that are important to you. Each group is roughly 10-16 guys and run over four weeks.

Our workshops are facilitated by trained professional volunteers and run out of ACON offices in central Sydney and selected regional offices.

We also run other workshops for young same-sex attracted guys aged 18-26 (trans guys included!) through our SPARK program here.

Coronavirus update:

Due to COVID-19, all face to face workshops are cancelled until further notice. ACON is currently running a range of online workshop sessions throughout the week that go for 1 hour. You can find out more information and register to attend our online sessions here.

Please contact youth@acon.org.au for more information.

Workshops for Young Gay Men

Our Young Gay Men Project, SPARK, offers a range of FREE workshops for young same-sex attracted guys (gay, bisexual, queer, curious), trans inclusive who are aged 18-26 years old.

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 4 sessions. Workshops happen at the ACON offices in central Sydney and selected regional offices.

Coronavirus update: 

Due to COVID-19, all face to face workshops are cancelled until further notice. ACON is currently running a range of online workshop sessions throughout the week that go for 1 hour. You can find out more information and register to attend our online sessions here.

Please contact youth@acon.org.au for more information.

a[START]x Workshops – For Gay Men Recently Diagnosed With HIV

a[STARTx] (previously known as Genesis), is a weekend workshop for gay men who have been diagnosed with HIV within the last two years.

It’s a peer-based workshop which means it’s run by other gay men with HIV who can relate to the experience of a new diagnosis.

a[STARTx] aims to provide participants with practical help and knowledge to manage their HIV diagnosis, gain confidence, build resilience and make informed decisions around the various issues that may confront them after a HIV diagnosis.

a[STARTx] also provides participants with an opportunity to meet other guys in the same situation in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.

a[STARTx] gives participants the opportunity to:

  • Explore HIV and its impact on your life
  • Understand how HIV and your immune system work
  • Get an overview of current and future treatments
  • Understand HIV and its impact on your health, sex life and relationships
  • Work out who to tell about your status and when to tell them
  • Take charge of your own health

a[STARTx] is collaboration between ACON and Positive Life NSW.

Testimonials: 

“Having been to a Genesis [workshop] at ACON, I’d highly recommend it to anyone unsure about it. They provide a safe and comfortable environment to ask questions and learn more about HIV while connecting with other men in similar situations. The peer support format is probably how I got the most out of it, especially helping me come to the realisation of ‘I’m not alone on this journey.'”

“I completed the Genesis program last year, two months after my diagnosis. I went into the weekend feeling isolated and quite hesitant, not knowing anyone else living with HIV. I left feeling not only educated, but incredibly supported and welcomed by the team at ACON.”

“It took me a while to pluck up the courage to attend this workshop. I wish I had done it sooner, it has made such a change to my life.”

Upcoming a[STARTx] Workshops

  • Weekend: 28-30 May, 2021

Where: ACON Sydney – 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills 2010
When: Five times a year

For more information please contact our Sydney office 02 9206 2086 or email: astart@acon.org.au.

Community & Social Groups for Women

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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.

The ACON Here for Women Facebook pages share news about events, workshops and parties.