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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalitiesInternational perspectives in social work$
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Julie Fish and Kate Karban

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.001.0001

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A theoretical model for intervening in complex sexual behaviours

A theoretical model for intervening in complex sexual behaviours

sexual desires, pleasures and passion – La Pasión – of Spanish-speaking gay men in Canada

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities

Gerardo Betancourt

Policy Press

This chapter examines work undertaken with Latino gay men who are at risk of contracting HIV in Canada, recognising that migration away from Latin America may offer an escape from repressive and homophobic environments. The chapter explores the way in which sexualities and social constructions of gender are closely connected and grounded in cultural understandings, where race, masculinity, class and sexual orientation are central to defining an individual’s experiences. The concept of La Pasion is utilised to understand how some gay men may prioritize pleasure over risk and health-related consequences. The complexities of informing decision-making to promote safe sex behaviours are considered in the context of Chicos Net, an HIV prevention program that aims to reduce social isolation, increase social support and reduce risk through the provision of a group programme of education and social activities.

Keywords:   migration, intersectionality, HIV prevention, La Pasion, masculinities, empowerment

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