Ricky Rodrigues is the Engage Toronto Research Coordinator & Site Manager, working on the Toronto arm of the CIHR Team Grant in Boys’ and Men’s Health Research, a national multi-site mixed-methods cross-sectional study looking at the health of gay, bi, and queer men, including trans and 2-spirit men, and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

Ricky has been working in HIV and LGBTQ health since 2012. Between 2012 and 2015, Ricky held several different roles at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), contributing to a range of programs, services, and research projects, including: Totally Outright (a sexual health leadership program for young MSM); the Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol Survey (a mixed-methods study of sex and substance use among MSM conducted at World Pride 2014 in Toronto); the Buddy Program (a one-on-one support program for people living with HIV); and ACT’s support groups and psychoeducational workshop series for people living with HIV. Ricky has also been engaged in counselling and community development work with LGBTQ populations through various Toronto-based organizations, including Central Toronto Youth Services, Egale Youth OUTreach, OurSpace Toronto, and The 519 Church Street Community Centre.