Professor David J. Brennan is the Associate Dean, Research at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. He is the founder and director of the CRUISElab, an interdisciplinary, community-based social work research lab dedicated to addressing the sexual, mental, physical, and emotional health of gay, bisexual, two-spirit, cis- and trans-gender men who have sex with other men (GB2M). Dr. Brennan has been directly involved in the HIV epidemic since 1983 in many social work roles, including case manager, clinical supervisor, psychotherapist, program manager, and researcher. Learn more about his research here and follow him on Twitter here.
In this podcast we talk about the history of HIV stigma as well as stigma towards GB2M. We talk about what this stigma looks like in a day-to-day experience of getting dressed and walking down the street, as well as how it can be embedded in policies and practices. Using current examples of the recent changes in eligibility of GB2M in donating blood in Canada, and discourse around Monkeypox, David reminds us of how we can all engage in challenging stigma.
Episode hosted by Dr. Carmen Logie. Supported by funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Canada Research Chairs program. Original music and podcast produced by Jupiter Productions, who have various production services available to support your podcast needs.