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Thank You To Everyone Who Attended 'Michael: The Birthday Celebration'

published: June, 02, 2010 Categories // Contributors

Hey everyone, thank you to all those people who made it out to my 3rd. annual Birthday Bash at Swizzles Bar on May 20th. While yes it was my Birthday, the party was really my way of thanking everyone who has supported me in my activism and ...

Hey everyone, thank you to all those people who made it out to my 3rd annual Birthday Bash at Swizzles Bar on May 20th. While yes it was my Birthday, the party was really my way of thanking everyone who has supported me in my activism and in my fundraising over the past year. Special thanks to all my extraordinary musical guests, fetish community leaders, drag queens, models and artists who participated in entertaining my supporters and friends and for lending their voices to a dialogue around

A Party For Poz Guys And The Men Who Love Them!

published: June, 08, 2010 Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Contributors, Events, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Inspired by similar parties in New York City, and Montreal , the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is organizing the very first official party for poz queer men in the nations capital! A quarter annual event, the Magnet Party will examine pressing issues, topics..

Inspired by similar parties in New York City, and Montreal (Learn More), the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is organizing the very first official party for poz queer men in the nations capital! A quarter annual event, the Magnet Party will examine pressing issues, topics, and perceptions around HIV in a creative but accessable manner. Bringing HIV+, HIV- and those who don’t know there status together in a safe, stigma free space to socialize, network, disclose, access educ

Damn You BP!

published: June, 10, 2010 Categories // Contributors

Damn You BP!

Building A Shed With Mom

published: June, 17, 2010 Categories // Contributors

On my day off this past Monday, I spent 4 hours in my Mother’s back yard, helping her hired handyman Denis construct a new wood shed. I returned Tuesday afternoon and helped my Mother move 2 by 4’s and sheets of wood to the back yard.

On my day off this past Monday, I spent 4 hours in my Mother’s back yard, helping her hired handyman Denis construct a new wood shed. I returned Tuesday afternoon and helped my Mother move 2 by 4’s and sheets of wood to the back yard. Hilariously, both days, within 10 minutes of working, I was covered in dirt and sweating like a pig while my Mother remained unsoiled and impossibly fresh looking.           I had to laugh again when, on Tuesday evening, a Father and Son had walked p

Michael Burtch Is: The Fancy Bearded Pirate!!!

published: June, 18, 2010 Categories // Contributors

Go to www.cpbherofactory.com to see yourself as a super hero! Here is my hero picture below!    His origins are quite mysterious, but what I can tell you is this. The Fancy Bearded Pirate developed strange abilities after being infected with HIV, which reacted to his unique physiology to produce super powers! Now he fights to end HIV Stigma & Discrimination and battle those who would stand in his way of spreading his message of safer sex, sex positivity, and anti-

Celebrity Fued Alert! Michael 'tangos' with Dan Savage!

published: July, 31, 2010 Categories // Media, Sex and Sexuality

n a May 8th front page cover story by the newspaper the Ottawa Citizen, a quote was taken from my interview and referenced in a blog posting by American sex columnist Dan Savage. Savage hated my use of 'it takes two to tango'...

Opinions are like butt holes. Everyone has one. In a May 8th front page cover story by the newspaper the Ottawa Citizen, a quote was taken from my interview and referenced in a blog posting by American sex columnist Dan Savage. Savage hated my use of 'it takes two to tango' when discussing accountability for HIV transmission. Not being a regular reader of Dan Savage, his entry referencing the criminalization of HIV transmission, and the Steven Boone case in particular, went unnoticed

Swizzles 3rd Annual GET NAKED BENEFIT: In Support Of The Courage Campaign!

published: August, 01, 2010 Categories // Community Events, Events

hile my father was receiving chemo therapy at the Ottawa General Hospital in 2006, I became aware of the Courage Campaign. Designed to raise funds from the private sector, The Courage Campaign is striving to raise $20,000 000 by 2015 to aid ..

While my father was receiving chemo therapy at the Ottawa General Hospital in 2006, I became aware of the Courage Campaign. Designed to raise funds from the private sector, The Courage Campaign is striving to raise $20,000 000 by 2015 to aid in the reconstruction and expansion of the General Hospital’s Cancer Wing. Motivated to get involved, I started the Get Naked Benefit at Swizzles Bar.    Last year, we raised over $1700.00 and packed the bar to the rafters! This year, we're pa

Are We All Criminals?

published: August, 03, 2010 Categories // Contributors, Legal, Sex and Sexuality

I think I’m gonna be sick” he heaved into the phone as I confirmed his worst fear. I started apologizing profusely and lamenting that I thought he already knew. How could he not have known?

“I think I’m gonna be sick” he heaved into the phone as I confirmed his worst fear. I started apologizing profusely and lamenting that I thought he already knew. How could he not have known? I walked in the AIDS Walk four years running, my picture has been in the papers for my HIV/AIDS activism numerous times, he knows my ex-boyfriend; there friends. “Dude, he wheezed, I didn’t know you had HIV!” Over the next half hour on the phone I tried to reassure him. “My counts are undetec

Change = Opportunity

published: May, 30, 2010 Categories // Contributors, Brian Finch

The one constant is that thing you can count on in life is that it never remains the same. Before I know it, what is, was. But does it all have to be bad? Often I look at change as guideposts charting the journey of life.

The one constant is that thing you can count on in life is that it never remains the same. Before I know it, what is, was. But does it all have to be bad? Often I look at change as guideposts charting the journey of life. There certainly been great journeys, even life changing ones for which I have so much gratitude. I think of the kids in Africa, or the fellow cleaning my hotel room everyday in Rwanda who I gave twenty dollars to, only to return with a basket he had purchased for me.  T

420

published: May, 25, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Contributors, Treatment, Legal

n light of Bill S-10 in Parliament and the recent raid of Toronto's Cannabis As Living Medicine (CALM) club only six days before by Police, I had expected those mobilizing on Parliament Hill for the annual 420 Protest...

In light of Bill S-10 in Parliament and the recent raid of Toronto's Cannabis As Living Medicine (CALM) club only six days before by Police, I had expected those mobilizing on Parliament Hill for the annual 420 Protest (So named after the Police code for marijuana) to be more politically charged. Instead, as the Parliamentary Peace Tower clock struck 4:20pm, the crowd erupted in cheers, gleefully lit up there joints and laid back in the sun as a fog of pot smoke comically wafted over the

Clues to where HIV prevention in young gay men should go?

published: September, 04, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Contributors, Health, Sexual Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Ever notice that HIV prevention aimed at gay men seems to be mostly about casual sex, less about relationships. But some data suggests, at least in the US, that most new infections in youth occur between primary partners?

Clues to where HIV prevention in young gay men should go?

Lets's start with a news article from POZ on-line posted August 29, 2011 Young Gay Men Less Likely to Use Condoms With “Serious” Partners Young gay men were eight times more likely to have unprotected sex when they're in a "serious" relationship than during a casual sexual encounter, according to a study conducted by Northwestern University in Illinois and reported by aidsmap. Study participants were ages 16 to 20, and half were African American. Previous findings have indicated that two t

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