Periodic surveys on the gay community: champions of change

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Rebecca Reynolds writes about the contribution of change makers in our communities. At present, the annual periodic survey of the gay community is taking place. Recently, QC launched the general practice of inclusive selected families, QCGP +.

Change agents recognize what needs to change and take action to make it happen. They recognize that things may not look different on a daily basis. Change can be gradual. However, when a lasting positive change occurs, we can all look back and see how far we’ve come.

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Hard at first.

Messy in the middle.

Beautiful at the end.

We can see this pattern in so many pieces of our lives.

Changemakers come in all shapes and sizes with varying levels of structural power. Yet the shared integrity of those who create change for the greater good is just that: shared. This shared integrity exists regardless of perceived power.

Actors of change include the volunteers of the periodic survey of the gay community. They devote their time and energy to making sure our lives are saved. It informs decision-making and writes our bodies and relationships in history as recorded in the here and now.

Periodic survey of the gay community

The Periodic Gay Community Survey (GCPS) is an annual cross-sectional survey of gay men conducted in the Brisbane and Cairns areas of Queensland. It is a key component of the Australian HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, which monitors sexual practices, drug use, and screening patterns for HIV and other STIs.

Community members who participate in surveys like GCPS are also agents of change. Their participation helps make our services inclusive. Because organizations like QC must represent the diversity of our population. And also because change presents us with a myriad of obstacles.

Change (to use the obvious metaphor) is a marathon – not a sprint. With obstacles like disability, poor sanity, and discrimination placed in your way, it’s difficult to complete the first 100 yards, let alone reach the finish line.

The agents of change are those like the QC team who asked our communities what they expected from a health service.

QCGP +

QCGP + is the new general medicine for selected inclusive families in QC. We listened to what you told us you wanted from a general practice. You told us you wanted safe, community-led, inclusive, and non-judgmental service to support you with all of your physical and mental health needs. As such, the “+” in QCGP + represents our holistic approach to your health and well-being and reminds us of our foundations within the HIV epidemic.

And as agents of change, these are just two of the activities that give us the chance to serve our communities in their messy and beautiful wholeness, not leaving people behind or making invisible the obstacles that have and that still impact lives in very real ways.

We will continue to fight for change and support those who are at the forefront of this change. The members of our communities who give their time to write our lives in the archives are the true champions of change. If you would like to support us and support our work, please contact us, we would love to hear from you.

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