Articles tagged with: Los Angeles

Keeping love centre at Pride LA

published: July, 04, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

PositiveLite.com's L.A. Correspondent, Louis Kengi Carr goes to L.A. Pride and is reminded of the things that keep him strong in his advocacy.

Keeping love centre at Pride LA

Full disclosure. Let’s just get this out of the way up front ok? I’ve been gay my entire life and I’ve never once attended gay pride. Well not the mainstream gay pride. It just never felt like something I wanted to attend because as a Black man I’ve never felt welcomed, embraced or celebrated by gay pride. It’s just too white for me and let’s just be honest, West Hollywood doesn’t represent the fullness of gay life and it certainly does not represent the City of Los Angeles eithe

Lots to be thankful for and lots to challenge us as 2017 opens.

published: January, 25, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Community Events, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Photography, Pets, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L.A. guy Kengi says 2017 is sure to be a challenging year.

Lots to be thankful for and lots to challenge us as 2017 opens.

As I sit down to write this entry I do so with a heavy heart, but a spirit that is encouraged. I say this because my Great Aunt is still not doing well and last night I received word that one of her daughters, my cousin, has suffered a stroke. They both are recovering in separate hospitals. Your good thoughts, affirmations and prayers are greatly appreciated. I’m encouraged and even comforted because I know God, my creator, will provide what is best for them both. So, I guess I should say H

World AIDS Day; Normalizing the conversation

published: December, 16, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, International , Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L. A. correspondent Kengi on a Black church World AIDS Day event like nothing he's ever witnessed; Honoring those we've lost by focusing on how we can help those living with HIV.

World AIDS Day; Normalizing the conversation

I must be honest and say that I normally skip Word AIDS Day events because they all tend to be too sad and if I’m going to be honest, they also tend to be very boring. Maybe this is because I’m an activist and I hear the information all the time. It certainly isn’t because I don’t care. I just think there are far better ways to honor those we’ve lost than by crying, marching and lighting candles. This year my friend Donta asked me if I would cover (photograph) a World AIDS Day event

Equal access and equal voices: where?

published: September, 21, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

We all love a feel good story, but why only those stories? Kengi, our L. A. correspondent, gives voice to the voiceless.

Equal access and equal voices: where?

Today the United States Conference on AIDS kicks off in Hollywood, Florida. I was hoping to be there but unfortunately I did not qualify for a scholarship to attend. I think part of the reason is because folks who work for agencies, magazines and organizations apply for the scholarships as well, thus making it much harder for someone like me to be considered. Furthermore, my focus on HIV and AIDS is around fair access to things like housing and quality health care and making sure folks aren’

Abundance

published: June, 29, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Activism, Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

"Happy, content and thriving," our LA guy Kengi reflects on how he got there - with a tip of the hat to PositiveLite.com.

Abundance

I’m sitting inside a McDonald’s on a hot Saturday afternoon and I’m thinking to myself just how different my life is. I just left the Reef where my gallery is located. Imagine that, I’m a gallery owner. This is pretty crazy when you think that I once stood outside this location begging for something to eat during my 29 months of homelessness. Today I simply walked in and paid with no problem whatsoever. Not only that, as I sit here I’m recalling the nights I slept in the dirt in fro

Why porn and condoms don't mix

published: November, 18, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

LA Times op-ed piece says “the effort to require condom use in adult films is misdirected — the porn business isn't the hub of AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases.”

Why porn and condoms don't mix

Los Angeles voters committed some bad public policy in 2012 when they approved Measure B, which mandated the use of condoms in any adult film shot in the county. Now, state lawmakers are prepared to double down on that misadventure and spread the mandate to all of California.  At first blush, the requirement seems sensible. Who could oppose safe sex? But the effort to require condom use in adult films is misdirected — the porn business isn't the hub of AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases

Doing something that means something

published: July, 26, 2013 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Hobbies, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Kengi has a new photo book out and looking through its images brings back memories of what he’s been able to accomplish working with Los Angeles’ poor and needy.

Doing something that means something

Last month I celebrated four years of living in my awesome apartment here in Hollywood. The date was June 29 2009 when I received the green light for the Housing Authority of Los Angeles to end 29 months of homelessness. July 2 is when I moved in. It’s been an incredible four years. As many of you are aware, I was over a year into homelessness when I was diagnosed with HIV and another 15 months before I was no longer living on the streets. You also know that shortly after homelessness beg

Being Alive is the spirit of hope

published: May, 27, 2013 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our guy Kengi pays tribute to Being Alive, an LA AIDS Service Organization that helped him in his hour of need and has continued to do so ever since.

Being Alive is the spirit of hope

I’ll never forget the day I walked through the doors of Being Alive Los Angeles. I had been diagnosed a few months and services with other area ASO’s (AIDS Service Organizations) were not going well at all. I was already well over a year into homelessness and the night before I was in a pretty bad fight for my laptop and digital camera down on Skid Row. I hadn’t been able to shower in over a month and as far as HIV was concerned I was completely lost and feeling very defeated. I was an

A road test for HIV prevention science

published: March, 11, 2013 Categories // Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Opinion Pieces

The Atlanta CROI 2013 conference has produced big news. Roy Kilpatrck has followed this conference from his laptop in the comfort of my Edinburgh living room. Here he summarizes the latest in HIV prevention that came out of the conference,

The Conference on Retroviruses & Opportunistic Infections (CROI) focusses mainly on biological sciences. What can we learn about prevention?  Nothing is more likely to whip the media into a frenzy over HIV than the word ‘cure’. Over these past few days, reports from a conference in Atlanta of the ‘cure’ of a baby from HIV fuelled numerous media headlines. Since the initial reports, it has become obvious why the ‘cure’ was qualified by the ambiguous ‘functional’, and why i

Porn stars vs. high schoolers: who needs condoms more?

published: January, 26, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Youth, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Philadelphia moves to place condoms in schools. Los Angeles seeks to make use of condoms in porn mandatory. Mathew Rodrigues from TheBody.com dissects and compares the two. Which one gets the nod?

Porn stars vs. high schoolers:  who needs condoms more?

This article by Mathew Rodriguez first appeared on TheBody.com here. Let me begin by saying that I am a huge condom advocate. I have a box of condoms in my own bedside dresser, and carry around a few with me in my bag at any time. No, not only for myself. I give them out to friends, acquaintances, anyone who asks me for one. The use of condoms has increased significantly since the genesis of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s to the point where they are ubiquitous in all supermarkets and di

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