Articles tagged with: The Normal Heart

Living with HIV in the 21st century

published: October, 25, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph debuts on PositiveLite.com as a regular contributor with his assessment of what it means to live with HIV today.

Living with HIV in the 21st century

In 1985, The Normal Heart, a play about gay men in New York fighting back against government indifference to the AIDS epidemic was performed. It depicts the rise of the AIDS crisis seen through the eye of Ned Weeks, the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. In the play Weeks nurses his lover, who is dying from an unnamed disease. His doctors are puzzled and frustrated by having no resources to research it. Weeks tirelessly fights for his lover and so many others, like him dying from AIDS,

Profile: your nostalgia Is killing me

published: July, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Activist Ian Bradley-Perrin on how romanticizing the past can obscure the present. Interview by Sarah Liss for CATIE's Positive Side.

Profile: your nostalgia Is killing me

Your Nostalgia Is Killing Me, 2013. Vincent Chevalier with Ian Bradley-Perrin for AIDS ACTION NOW! / PosterVIRUS About five years ago, pop culture saw a flood of what can only be described as AIDS nostalgia. The catalyst wasn’t immediately apparent. Was it generational curiosity? Retro fetishism? Had enough time passed to transform the real trauma of the deadly ignorance, stigma, inaction and grief of the 1980s and early ’90s into, well, entertainment—or at least something more suited

PrEP and the battle of ‘getting to zero’

published: September, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, General Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Hadley asks, "Shouldn’t this Government be striving towards achieving zero new cases of HIV?"

PrEP and the battle of ‘getting to zero’

This article by Hadley originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  HIV seems to be at the front of our minds at the moment, given the storm caused by NHS England’s decision not to fund PrEP on the NHS. Many HIV campaigners, gay men, healthcare professionals and even politicians were all eager to join a movement that will hopefully see PrEP becoming widely accessible. Perhaps it was only a timely coincidence that I finished reading The Normal Heart, just as the mod

An AIDS hero returns to the fold

published: April, 02, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Community Events, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A moment in our history. Expelled from New York's GMHC in the 80s for his overly aggressive tactics, Larry Kramer returned last month to be honoured with a Lifetime Activism Award. Bob Leahy reports.

An AIDS hero returns to the fold

Kelsey Louie (left) and Larry Kramer at 2015 GMHC Spring GalaPhoto credit: Matthew McDermott I’ve always liked Larry Kramer. Not unreservedly, 100% liked, because that degree of acceptance, with a man like this, is hard to pull off. But I’ve liked him a lot. Not because he graciously allowed me to interview him for PositiveLite.com a few years back but because he is lively and literate and impassioned – and angry. “The angriest gay man in the world” is what he has been called. That

Grandma, part two

published: September, 03, 2014 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Brian Finch

A death in the family brings Brian Finch closer to his family

Grandma, part two

When I left Toronto after hearing my grandmother was sick, I was tired and depressed after a string of events, including a car accident. Going back to my hometown of Winnipeg felt overwhelming. As I wrote in part one, the thought of having to deal with death, a subject that I avoid as much as possible, made me feel even more depressed. “Was I going to be able to handle it?”   Having traveled a lot in my lifetime, I have an automatic response to the preparations. I’ve got a job to do,

(Reprise) Best of PositiveLite.com: Bob Leahy talks to Larry Kramer, author of The Normal Heart

published: November, 10, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Sometimes you just have to ask. Bob Leahy asked Larry Kramer for an interview. “Send me the questions” he said. So we did.

(Reprise) Best of PositiveLite.com: Bob Leahy talks to Larry Kramer, author of The Normal Heart

Larry Kramer (born June 25, 1935) is an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to London where he worked with United Artists. There he wrote the screenplay for Women in Love in 1969, earning an Academy Award nomination for his efforts. In New York, Kramer witnessed the first spread of the disease that became known as AIDS among his friends in 1980, and he co-founded

Movie review: How to Survive a Plague

published: November, 02, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reviews the documentary movie that tells the story of how AIDS was turned from a death sentence into a chronic, manageable condition.

Movie review: How to Survive a Plague

As PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch recently pointed out,  it’s difficult for anyone who didn’t live through the first decade of AIDS to truly grasp the horror of those dark times, when the gay community, so quickly following on the heady days of “gay liberation”, was decimated by HIV.   But by remarkable good fortune, those early “plague years” also saw the emergence of the video camcorder. So it was that the mobilization of the gay community in the face of death was recor

On Being in Washington

published: July, 27, 2012 Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, International , Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter is in Washington for IAS 2012, and files a report on what it feels like to be there – and Obama’s absence.

On Being in Washington

When I arrived in Washington, the presence of AIDS 2012 was everywhere. Volunteers were at the airport to greet us and even the immigration security knew why were there. “You here for the conference? Go ahead.” Advertising covers the walls of the airport and subway system; posters addressing AIDS are everywhere. There are Condom and HIV testing Campaigns. Pharmaceutical companies advertising HIV medications. The Ford Foundation practically papered the walls of the major metro stations. And

The AIDS years in Toronto - Reflections on seeing Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart”

published: October, 31, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, John McCullagh

Having seen Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart”, John McCullagh reflects on his memories of the time when AIDS began to kill gay men and how the Toronto community responded to the crisis.

The AIDS years in Toronto - Reflections on seeing Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart”

Like many others I know, I’ve been to see the Studio180 production of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart, currently at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. It dramatizes the efforts in the early 1980s to develop a response to AIDS amongst gay men in New York City, where so many members of the community were dying, in the face of indifference from politicians and from much of the medical establishment. It was one of the most riveting and moving theatrical experiences I’ve ever witn

A Heart-on for The Normal Heart.

published: October, 24, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre

Daniel Uy went to see the Buddies in Bad Timers/Studio 180 Theatre production of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer too. Here are his impressions.

A Heart-on for The Normal Heart.

Note: The Normal Heart is reviewed by Bob Leahy on PositiveLite.com here. Last week I had the opportunity to go and see a preview of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre with my mother. Around mid-September I get a call from her about this performance and honestly, I was weirded out about it. More so by her comfortability around the subject matter more than I was. The show was powerful. I was confronted with dialogue and imagery that haunts the newly diagnosed