Negative stereotypes have an impact in numerous, complex, and often nuanced ways. Externally, it can affect everything from relationships and opportunities and internally, it can influence the deterioration of self-image and mental health.
Stigma has also been identified as a factor affecting the HIV epidemic.
A national campaign called Resist Stigma, run by the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men's Health, is seeking to engage young men in addressing stigma.
If you're a gay, bisexual, queer, trans or two-spirited male Canadian resident (ages 18 to 30) who wants to tell your story about stigma to inspire other youth, Resist Stigma announced its call for submissions.
Selected projects will receive up to $1,000 for stories to be told in almost any media, such as video, film, animation, photo essays, memes, music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and more.
Stories can address issues such as transphobia, biphobia, homophobia, heterosexism, racism, or HIV–related stigma.
Submissions are due by July 15 and application forms can be found at the Resist Stigma website.