In Spring 2006, Marney McDiarmid, an HIV educator at HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS), and Stevenson Fergus, an assistant professor at Queen’s University, convened a group of gay and bisexual men in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Our aim at the meeting was to assess interest in conducting a research project among gay and bisexual men in Kingston and the surrounding area. They had interest in researching the antecedents and consequences of gay and bisexual men’s community involvement in smaller cities, their experiences of heterosexism and homophobia, and the effects of stigma experienced by HIV-positive gay and bisexual men.
They found strong interest and support at the meeting and five community members volunteered to become the project’s community advisory board (CAB). At that point the Kingston Area Men’s Project was born (KAMP).
In order to share that information with the community, KAMP asked Jim Verburg and Ryan Crouchman to produce a video. This video is the result of the findings of KAMP.