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Movie Review: Somewhere goes Nowhere

published: January, 31, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

Our intrepid movie critic Louise Binder doesn't like Somewhere. Here's why.

Who cares about the existential angst of a rich hunky movie actor who gets laid by everyone he meets, stays in fabulous hotels and eats and drinks only the best? Not I, Ms. Coppola. Ever heard of Haiti, Pakistan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Ukraine .....? Look them up. The only good line is at the end of the film when his wife tells him to volunteer to cure his depression. Duh. Even watching Stephen Dorff didn’t save this stinker. If you are going somewhere, make it nowhere near a theatre showing this

New 2011 HIV Treatment Guidelines

published: January, 31, 2011 Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment

Devan Nambiar looks at recent changes in standards of care for people living with HIV

The US Dept. of Health and Humans Services updated the HIV treatment guidelines in January 2011. The review and clinical updates is conducted twice a year as science understands more of the intricacies of HART and the immune health. What has changed? 1. The guidelines state that CD4 + cells /mm3 only need to be monitored every 6 to 12 months for most HIV positive persons who are successful on HART and does not have another concomitant illness. Concomitant illness such as kidney disease, liver

My Muscles, My Disease: Portrait of a Gay Drug Addict

published: January, 25, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Mental Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

"It wouldn’t be long before my drug use trumped my gym schedule, and my status in online chat rooms devolved from intriguing hottie to that crazy mess that doesn’t look like his pictures."

My Muscles, My Disease: Portrait of a Gay Drug Addict

There is a folder, tucked within a folder, buried deep in my computer files. I shouldn’t be looking at its contents, yet I can’t bring myself to delete it altogether. It is labeled MARCUS, and inside the folder is my disease. During my years of crystal meth addiction I went by the name of Marcus, at least to dealers and tricks and fellow addicts. It helped me determine who was calling my cell phone – those calling for Mark or Marcus usually had very different agendas – and Marcus even

Like sex much? (le français suit)

published: January, 22, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sex and Sexuality

CATIE is a pretty sex-positive place (tho’, fortunately, we don’t have to endure the corny disco music). We like sex, and we like it safer. We also appreciate that sex is not everyone’s cup of tea (and we’re cool with that) . .

Like sex much? (le français suit)

. . but if it is yours and you’re an HIV-positive gay man, we have three resources we want to share with you—happy ending guaranteed.  Pozitively Healthy: a gay man’s guide to sex and health in Canada Sex can be a minefield for sexually active HIV-positive gay men. This guide tackles sexual health, top to bottom. It covers the risk of passing on HIV during different sex acts, and it also has sections called “Hard-on, not hard up” and “Coming clean on butt play.” Th

I Had A Dream - of America Two Years Ago

by DJ Relentless for Martin Luther King Day, written on Sunday, 16 January 2011 at 18:04

I Had A Dream  - of America Two Years Ago

Here below are the links to my last Martin Luther King Day Mixes from 2009.  I know here in Canada, MLK Day is not a holiday, but for an African-American it is a very significant day and should always be observed. I decided to repost these links because it was truly a happy time in America. President Obama had just been elected and the world looked new. It’s a shame that it has been such a struggle for him. I believe he has been one of the greatest presidents ever to be elected, but the

Five Things About HIV (They’re Not Telling You)

published: January, 20, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King is no stranger to blogging. In fact this is his 100th post over on his own well known website My Fabulous Disease. PositiveLite extends a huge and warm welcome to Florida-based Mark . .

Five Things About HIV (They’re Not Telling You)

 . . who will be featured regularly on PositiveLite. We will be showcasing some of his newer posts, like today’s, and also some gems – and there are a lot of them - from his back catalogue. Read Mark’s bio here. If you like what you see here, and we have a feeling you will, please head right on over to My Fabulous Disease and enter a world quite like no other. Believe me, you’re in for a treat. Mark is often funny and irreverent, a trait he shares with PositiveLite.com, but he als

Relentlessly Speaking Club Music Reviews

published: January, 19, 2011 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

'I was reading a review of Nicki’s album in Next Magazine in NY. They pointed out that she has quite a few homophobic lyrics in her tracks and does not apologize for them'.

Relentlessly Speaking Club Music Reviews

No * means horrible* means you better get used to it** means there is something to like about it*** means I like it a lot**** means I love it“Black Friday” (Nicki Minaj Diss) Lil’ Kim (Atlantic Records)     It always amazes me when I hear about another rap feud. Last year when I first heard about Nicki Minaj I thought to myself...”She is taking over where Lil’ Kim left off”. I mean, after Kim’s stint in jail and her public relations appearance on “Dancing With The Sta

Reviews: Blue Valentine on screen and Stephen Sondheim’s The Assassins on stage

published: January, 19, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Theatre

The fabulicious Louise Binder aka Dame Velveeta Peron tells it like it is once again

Blue Valentine – Tragic in its ( extra)ordinariness - playing at a cinema near you The tale told in Blue Valentine is so common place, so every day that it breaks your heart. It is the story of ordinary people in a traditional marriage that falls apart in an ordinary way. It happens every day and the reality of this is what hurts so much. I wanted to scream at the characters “there’s nothing better out there than what you have.” He knows it; she doesn’t. The acting from both Rya

The Most Effective Anti–Cholesterol Drugs

published: January, 19, 2011 Categories // General Health, Health, Treatment

Devan Nambiar tells us HIVers how to have healthy cardio-vascular systems

High cholesterol and an increase in triglyceride level (fat in the blood) is a concern for many poz folks. Cardiovascular disease is a high risk factor for HIVers too. Many factors can cause an increase in cholesterol and triglycerides, including HIV infection. High cholesterol and triglyceride levels are treated with statin drugs, such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol ( pravastatin) and Crestor (rosuvastatin). The statin drugs help to decrease bad cholesterol (LDL), increase good choleste

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR

In which DJ Relentless looks back over 2010 – and pronounces it EXCELLENT!

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR

It was a year ago that I arrived in Toronto with what belongings I could carry across the border. I was coming to a completely new land where the possibilities seemed endless. I was booked at Gladaman's Den as the guest DJ for New Year's Eve. I was a little scared and worried because no one knew me or had heard of me.  The few DJ's that I had met here sort of ridiculed me for working at Gladaman's Den. How was I to know that it had a reputation for being a hustler bar. I even had one DJ t

World AIDS Day - Ottawa Style

published: January, 18, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events

It poured rain, non-stop, on World AIDS Day...

It poured rain, non-stop, on World AIDS Day. Despite the weather, I participated in a flash mob organized by my work, handing out AIDS Ribbons and information about the Ontario Working Group On Criminal Law + HIV Exposure on Parliament Hill and got soaked in the process! Even worse, so did most of our ribbons and posters!

The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols Of 2010- Part Two

published: January, 17, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker's top 20 pick - part two - of his next five gay style icons.

 The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols Of 2010- Part Two

15 Jean Paul Gaultier   Twenty-five years later this “enfant terrible” of French fashion continues to march to the beat of his own drummer. His genius has created a devoted following and continues to rock convention with his many signature collections…not too mention those awesome fragrances. His unique talents also revived the house of Hermes. He is the only French designer to currently have an Haute Couture Collection.       14 Wanda Sykes    Fearless and un

Light for Rights

published: January, 12, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events, Opinion Pieces

I worry that those close to me who are engaged in high risk behavior won’t get support or testing. I’m worried that I’ll end up in jail…..”

To mark the beginning of World AIDS Awareness Week and the approach of World AIDS Day on December the 1st, The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) hosted ‘Light For Rights’ at the Human Rights Monument in downtown Ottawa on November the 24th. Representatives from the Gatineau and Ottawa-area included the Bureau Régional D’action Sida, Bruce House, the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, and the African and Caribbean Health Network, as well as CAS, and the Canadian Asso

The 6th Annual Rainbow Youth Fair

published: January, 12, 2011 Categories // Youth, Events, Population Specific

The Youth present were amazing too, sex positive, and queer friendly, inquisitive and outgoing; they cleared me out of safer sex supplies....

On November 18th I hosted a kiosk promoting the AIDS Committee of Ottawa and our group for young gay positive men called Chatter during the 6th Annual Rainbow Youth Fair at the Confederation Learning Centre. This year’s theme was ‘Passion, Pride, and Prosperity’. Youth Service Bureau (YSB) organized over 200 students from surrounding schools to attend, with the help of some amazing teachers from the city of Ottawa, and hosted some amazing workshops created and given by Youth for Youth, a

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