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Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch.  He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network  (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.

Oct05

Let's get personal . .

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

It’s always struck me as more than a bit weird that those of us involved in the HIV/AIDS movement and even those of us not, mostly interact with each other as labels . . .

Let's get personal . .

 . . . . rather than as real people with real lives. We are patients, we are volunteers, we are service providers, we are funders, we are people living with HIV, we are people not living with HIV. And that’s it. All labels really; worse, all labels which define our relationship to HIV, and not much else.

The result is that those we interact with never really know us in anything approaching a holistic way.  I couldn’t even guess at the number of people I “know” in the movement who, when it boils down to it, I know zilch about other than their sero-status. Are they partnered? Who knows? What did they do in their previous-pre-HIV lives? Where are they from? What’s their favourite colour?.

So many people I know so little about. And vice versa.

Who out there knows I have three dogs, that I’ve been partnered for thirty years, that I love chocolate and hate brussels sprouts, that my favourite colour is – well, you get the picture.

I’m a born optimist, though and here’s what I believe. I believe blogging can change all that. Why? Blogging is in part founded on the assumption that we are all curious about each others’ lives – what we do, how we spend our time, what we think. Particularly what we think. Blogging, at its best, breaks down barriers by going beyond the label, by recognizing we are all real people with real lives, full of achievement, disappointment and everything in between, and we don’t mind sharing. It’s about the trivial as much as it is about the significant.

For my part, I’m keen on using this blog to go beyond labels. I think that’s important. Perhaps others do too.

So – here’s the plan. Starting today, and at the risk of  sounding egotistical, I’m going to be revealing something new about myself in every entry. The objective is to go beyond labels, to recognize the value, the complexity, the fullness of each others’ lives rather than one tiny facet of them. Makes sense?

You’ll have to go behind the cut to read today’s factoid.


Today’s factoid is a bit of a cheat in that it’s about my partner rather than me. However, it has turned upside down both our lives so much lately. My partner Meirion, who I’ve been with for thirty years, is running  for councillor in the local municipal elections. If elected – and I think things are moving in that direction, - he will be the first openly gay person ever to hold office in our very rural municipality. And I will become a politician’s wife.

How’s that for starters?

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