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Sparse

published: May, 30, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV

Alas, my postings of late have been few and far between, but this situation is about to get worse for the next couple of weeks!

Sparse

Alas, my postings of late have been few and far between, but this situation is about to get worse for the next couple of weeks! I have been all preoccupied with my organisation's annual general meeting for the last couple of weeks. I am glad to be able to report that this multi-day extravaganza is now over, with some very positive moments (if you'll pardon the pun) and I am headed off to spend some time with my family in the interior of British Columbia. I count myself lucky to have a very sup

Sheltered

published: June, 19, 2010 Categories // Health

I don't expect us all to have a common position on the issues of the day, and I am seldom disappointed on this front. Two of my siblings don't get the idea behind harm reduction and sound a bit like our Prime Minister...

Sheltered

On my recent visit to BC, apart from the official business of the family gathering, I had plenty of time to spend with my Dad and my siblings. I don't expect us all to have a common position on the issues of the day, and I am seldom disappointed on this front. Two of my siblings don't get the idea behind harm reduction and sound a bit like our Prime Minister when talking about needle exchanges or supervised injection sites, despite not being on his page on numerous other issues. The thing that

Urbane?

While I’m not entirely comfortable with the term urbane as a component of my website moniker, I’m hoping that others will see that it is not meant to suggest anything even remotely elitist.

While I’m not entirely comfortable with the term urbane as a component of my website moniker, I’m hoping that others will see that it is not meant to suggest anything even remotely elitist. In fact, I chose this, quite simply, in an effort to reflect the way I tend to think, to talk and to write – in a somewhat obsessively polished manner, and very often to a fault. At the same time, I am hoping that this will nonetheless bring something appreciable to this site – and I’m grateful t

The POZ Vernacular

published: April, 24, 2010 Categories // Health

As a self-professed wordsmith, I have always been fascinated by words, by language and by how and why we communicate with one another as we do.

As a self-professed wordsmith, I have always been fascinated by words, by language and by how and why we communicate with one another as we do. As such, a rather mundane posting on Facebook the other day got me thinking about how and why gay men (in particular) use the words they do and why so many of us tend to speak in certain terms. Now it should come as no surprise that the drawing of parallels between straight women and gay men abound, but it seems to me that there’s more to this tha

"My" Problem with American Idol

published: May, 28, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Television

debated over this posting -- and, in fact, thought for a moment that it represented little more than my own personal bias. I am now convinced it does not...

I debated over this posting -- and, in fact, thought for a moment that it represented little more than my own personal bias. I am now convinced it does not -- and much of this deep-seated discomfort, if not resentment, comes from spending almost half my life living in the United States. And it may be even more pronounced given the fact that I lived in or what "was" arguably one of the more liberal-democratic states -- CALIFORNIA. Long story short, no far how the various contestants in this "h

Waxing Nostalgic

published: June, 24, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV

Being on vacation this last week has been something I apparently needed more than I knew. I know that most people, and I will include myself here, see vacations as indulgent

Being on vacation this last week has been something I apparently needed more than I knew. I know that most people, and I will include myself here, see vacations as indulgent -- and for some, they seem downright unnecessary. Admittedly, I always feel a little guilty jetting off to some exotic locale to do little more than eat, drink, and lie on the beach -- but this time seems to have brought a revelation, albeit an unintended one to say the least. In one sense, it is an incredibly simple obser

Change is in the air...F*** ME!!!

’ve been away for a while, not by choice but as a consequence of changing circumstances in my life. I have little doubt that I’ll make the appropriate...

     I’ve been away for a while, not by choice but as a consequence of changing circumstances in my life. I have little doubt that I’ll make the appropriate (and, I hope, effective) transitions, but these changes have reminded me of just how intimately intertwined the various elements and spheres of our lives actually are. Not to mention how complicated these interconnections can be to manage -- despite the fact that most of us try to keep these things simplified and separate as we mov

The Shackles of HIV Infection...fact or fiction...???

published: August, 06, 2010 Categories // Health, Living with HIV

Of late, I have been struggling (no grappling) with the extent of control I have over my life. As I noted in an earlier post, my of this reflection has been the result of some major changes in my life.

Of late, I have been struggling (no grappling) with the extent of control I have over my life. As I noted in an earlier post, my of this reflection has been the result of some major changes in my life. And, I admit, my default mode has been to look to my HIV status as some means to account for -- if not find solace in -- my feelings of powerlessness. After all, I am no longer twenty-five, I am no longer new to world of employment and I'm certainly not as well-established as I might have expect

IAS-USA 2010 Treatment Guidelines Pt 1. A chat with Melanie A. Thompson, MD. in Vienna

published: July, 19, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // CATIE, Health, Brian Finch

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person to speak to than Melanie Thompson…

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person to speak to than Melanie Thompson, the chair of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and chair of the International AIDS Society-USA Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines Panel, who took part in my lunch session on when to start therapy, an the IAS guidelines. After the panel discussion, Melanie was kind enough, foot in cast, to take a few

How AIDS-y Was YOUR Pride?

published: July, 21, 2010 Categories // Community Events, Pride, Events

I write this, we're about three weeks after Toronto Pride and still three weeks before Montréal's, so I thought I would pose the question: "How AIDS-y was your Pride?"

How AIDS-y Was YOUR Pride?

As I write this, we're about three weeks after Toronto Pride and still three weeks before Montréal's, so I thought I would pose the question: "How AIDS-y was your Pride?" and answer it with the experience I have had so far this year, at the Marche des fiertés in Paris or, as the locals say, le Gaypride (all one word, be sure to roll the R). (Note that I have linked to my videos rather than embedding them.) First the usual elements: a chance to wear incredibly high heels, uniforms, leather a

ArtRageous: Stroking Life with Colour

published: June, 12, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Features and Interviews, Brian Finch

nrico Mandarino is this year’s recipient of the Canadian AIDS Society Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Canadian AIDS Society’s annual general meeting taking place this June 18th

Enrico Mandarino is this year’s recipient of the Canadian AIDS Society Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Canadian AIDS Society’s annual general meeting taking place this June 18th. The award celebrated the national contribution made each year by one outstanding individual and/or company in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Past recipients include PositiveLite.com’ very own Devan Nambiar, (2006), and guest writer Ron Roseness (2007), both for the individual category. I took a m

Brian talks

published: June, 25, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

I interviewed PositiveLite founder Brian Finch a couple of weeks ago one rainy afternoon. I was in Toronto, visiting for something- I can't remember exactly for what, but it probably involved…

I interviewed PositiveLite founder Brian Finch a couple of weeks ago one rainy afternoon.  I was in Toronto, visiting for something  - I can't remember exactly for what, but it probably involved Rufus Wainwright.  Ah yes, I was at the Housing Summit.  That afternoon, though, I was “helping” Brian film a promo for a Luminato show called Dark Star Requiem.  Anyway, neither of us are exactly pros when it comes to video production, so we stumbled though the promo,

Pride and prejudice

published: July, 02, 2010 Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Here’s a question.  Which of these two will be the most testosterone-fuelled, machismo-heavy event? The Pride Parade in Toronto with its leather daddies in heat, muscle-bound gym rats,  bodybuilders in Speedos...

Here’s a question.  Which of these two will be the most testosterone-fuelled, machismo-heavy event? The Pride Parade in Toronto with its leather daddies in heat, muscle-bound gym rats,  bodybuilders in Speedos, many more acres of naked flesh  - or Nanookville’s (pop 700) Rodeo?* Answer:  Go where the cowboys are real.  The Nanookville Western Weekend, a stop on the rodeo circuit that tours Ontario and Quebec each summer, is huge and it's HOT. &

Pride Part 1 – Hot Shots

published: July, 06, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Toronto Pride was hot and sweaty, just as it should be. In this humble correspondent’s opinion, it was most notable for being the year that had the greatest hunk quotient ever.

Toronto Pride was hot and sweaty, just as it should be.  It might have been the most politically charged one on record , but in this humble correspondent’s opinion, it was most notable for being the year that had the greatest hunk quotient ever.  And, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t that what’s really important? So I took over a thousand photos at Pride this year.  A few of them were even of people with clothes on.  But the photogra

Furry Friends Friday – The Pride Wrap-Edition

published: July, 09, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

If you haven't seen the hunks of pride, go to my previous post.  And try not to droll on the keyboard, or worse.

If you haven't seen the hunks of pride, go to my previous post.  And try not to droll on the keyboard, or worse. But I wanted to feature the pooches here first, decked out in their terribly understated, less-is-more pride finery.  (Do you know how many treats I had to give them to do this?) \ Some assholes less than astute people have said in the past "why do we need pride; there isnt a straight pride, we should just fit in."   So for those assholes less than

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