Activism

Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

published: February, 22, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes on the importance of self-acceptance.

Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

I have experienced a great change in my life since I accepted my status and decided to move on. Unlike my past, when I used to live without peace and my heart full of guilt and pain. Things drastically changed when I acknowledged that I was HIV-positive and decided to lead a positive life. Now I can smile, make fun and interact with people freely, without fear of victimization nor stigmatisation because the guilt is no longer part of me. I used to fear issues to do with stigma but I came to

World AIDS Day 2012

published: November, 28, 2012 Categories // Activism, Events, International , Opinion Pieces

In a stunningly written piece, our senior writer Ed Wolf tells us he is recovering from surgery but he’s imagining where he would like to be on World AIDS Day if he could be out and about.

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!” Thomas Hood 1844 Tamara sticks a needle in my arm and begins drawing four tubes of blood. I’m coming back to this hospital next week for a left knee replacement and there are a lot of tests that need to be done beforehand. Tamara speaks with an accent and I ask her if she’s from Russia. She says yes and I tell her I’ve just returned from Ukraine. We get into a discussion about gay r

Comments please

published: June, 25, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Media, Opinion Pieces

“Is apathy the new Canadian disease?” asks Dave R. In an age where anything and everything can be said on social media platforms, why don’t people react more to sometimes provocative articles on PositiveLite,com?

Comments please

“Lady gaga “speaks out” against bullying Macklemore “speaks out” against homophobia Kanye “goes on a rant” about racism. Kanye “goes on a rant” about George Bush.” Canadians are too polite to rant about anything! Adapted from thirstingaintdead  Okay, I know that’s going to offend some people. Canadian jokes? Really! However, my aim is to offend  - and hopefully to the point where people react, online and with passion. Writing for PositiveLite.com, a great site a

Us and them

published: April, 19, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest Jason McDonald advocates for those with HIV. But, he says, the thing that drives him most is the part of him that wants to fight for others, those who are HIV-negative.

Us and them

Being an HIV advocate means straddling two different, diametrically opposed worlds.  Engaging in battle on two fronts, much like a war, I advocate for both HIV+ (us) and HIV- people (them).  Each battle has it's own challenges and rewards, some of them immediate but most of them are unknown or more long-term in the rewards.  It is sometimes hard to juggle two hats - fighting for those with HIV and fighting for those who do not have HIV.  Both groups of people have their separate challenge

The little website that could

published: December, 24, 2013 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Media, Brian Finch

Founder Brian Finch provides an insider’s view of the history and rapid growth of PositiveLite.com, Canada’s unique online HIV magazine that is by and for people living with HIV

The little website that could

December 1st is World AIDS Day. For me it marks something even more personal - the anniversary of the launch of PositiveLite.com. Our tag line? "PositiveLite.com Goes Viral on Dec 1st 2009". In some ways it feels like the site has been around longer than four years, due to its rapid growth, all the while growing roots that have firmly taken in the community. The idea for the website came to me from a couple of directions. One was that I had been doing a lot of volunteer work, mostly on the t

I accept my status

published: March, 17, 2014 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middeleton says “acceptance is knowing that I am HIV Positive, however not letting it define me as a person.”

I accept my status

“God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,Courage to change the things which should be changed,and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other……” (The first portion of the serenity prayer commonly found in Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous)  I know that I am HIV-positive and there is nothing that I can do to change that. It is an irreversible condition that is now a part of my being and my biological make up. The virus is constantly trying to rep

In praise of the unconventional life

published: November, 29, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “The AIDS world (or industry) is bereft of non-conformists. We have ceased to be unconventional and that saddens me.”

In praise of the unconventional life

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Oscar Wilde I was talking with my best friend Catherine this evening and at the end of the conversation I realized that we are odd. Odd (in my world) is good. My friend and I live unconventional lives. I think that many people living with HIV live unconventional lives, but we live them in tiny enclaves, hidden away from the world. Convention means conformity and “normalness”: hunting for pic

Country Living

published: November, 05, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

How does a small rural community, a two hour drive from Toronto and with a population of 700, handle issues like LGBT politics and HIV? Bob Leahy lives in one such community and files this report.

Country Living

“I’m feeling a little queer today” said Lillian, patting my arm while I drank my coffee at the local family diner. Lillian, in her 80’s is entirely not queer in the modern sense, so I seized the opportunity to have a chat about how the meaning of some words change over the years.  When I mentioned “gay” was another such word, she understood immediately - and promptly gave me a hug, leaned down and gave me a kiss on the brow. Lillian knows  I’m gay, knows I’m poz and it doesn

Sex workers and overcoming the binary

published: June, 10, 2013 Categories // Activism, Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter on whether sex workers are “victims” or empowered people who choose the work, and how those two co-existing realities complicate our response. Similar issues exist for HIV and the notion of AIDS “victims” vs empowered individuals, she says

Sex workers and overcoming the binary

Yesterday I attended the 5th annual SWAN (Sex Workers Action Network) symposium in Waterloo. One of the points of discussion was the “binary” of framing sex work either under the oppression paradigm (in which sex workers are seen as victims) or under a “sex work is work” framework, in which sex work is positioned as any other form of labour. I have been more exposed to the “sex work is work” framework as of late, particularly through my exposure to the Red Umbrella Project    

Side by Side, part seven

published: February, 18, 2014 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Current Affairs, International

Ed Wolf in St. Petersburg, Russia for an LGBT film festival goes to visit an HIV/AIDS agency and later to yet another screening disrupted by a bomb scare and marred by threats of violence

Part Seven: LaSky  Tuesday, November 26, 2013 I toss and turn and don’t sleep well. In the morning there’s a message from Olga, the volunteer who I met on my second day here. She reports that last night’s fire was most probably an accident with no connection to the festival. I go down to breakfast, feeling nervous about tonight’s screening of “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or this year. It’s showing at a mainstream cinema, the ti

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for January: a little gee in the road of resistance

published: January, 03, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Ed Wolf, Media

Ed Wolf: "We need to be resolute, committed and patient, which can be so hard when people’s lives and the planet are at stake."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for January: a little gee in the road of resistance

Day 132.  Devil or Angel? Ed, you actually enjoy hating him and being outraged at his latest policies. Ed, you know all this resentment you’re feeling is just poisoning yourself. But all of those pictures of him looking so ugly really are funny. All those pictures of him looking so ugly are really mean. You want to contact your friends and family members who voted for him and tell them how disappointed you still are and that you’ll never be able to forgive them. You want to figure out ho

From the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), a plea to the Minister for an urgent change of direction

published: March, 21, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A letter to the Minister of Health re the Community Action Fund. CAS says ”the process is placing many organizations across Canada in peril — some to the point of possibly closing their doors.”

From the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), a plea to the Minister for an urgent change of direction

(Read our PositiveLite.com article “Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds” for background.)  Dear Minister Philpott, It is with considerable dismay that I find myself once again obliged to write to you regarding troubling issues surrounding the HIV and HCV Community Action Fund (CAF), the flawed Letter of Intent (LOI) process and the subsequent offer of “transitional funding.” Community-based organization

Vigil at Yonge and Dundas Square on November 8, 2011 at 6pm.

published: October, 31, 2011 Categories // Activism, Events

Call for Immigration Canada to stop the deportation of gay refugee claimants who are living with HIV and face extreme violence if sent home!

Vigil at Yonge and Dundas Square on November 8, 2011 at 6pm.

    Call for Immigration Canada to stop the deportation of gay refugee claimants who are living with HIV and face extreme violence if sent home! To show support for Herberth Menendez and call for him to stay, friends of Herbeth, concerned community members, Latinos Positivos and AIDS ACTION NOW! will be holding a support vigil at Yonge and Dundas Square on November 8, 2011 at 6pm. Herberth Menendez is asking for refugee status in Canada because he feared for his life due to the inte

Is there Pride in being HIV Positive?

published: November, 12, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

The shameless Mark S King pops the question: if HIV is nothing to be ashamed of, can it be something to be proud of?

Is there Pride in being HIV Positive?

During my new video blog episode, below, someone asks me incredulously if I would actually march down the street telling people I was HIV positive. Well, actually, I would. And have. Many Gay Pride parades ago, in 1994, I marched while wearing a t-shirt that said “NO ONE KNOWS I’M HIV POSITIVE.” This was prior to the advent of protease inhibitors, when many were still dying. The shirt felt like an enormous “screw you” to the virus, to the body count, and to anyone who had a problem

The “village elders” of the HIV community: what’s their role?

published: February, 06, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Getting old when living with HIV doesn’t always mean early retirement – or even retirement at all - if you can juggle self-care, health and giving back to the community. Bob Leahy reports.

The “village elders” of the HIV community: what’s their role?

What are village elders? In many cultures, the concept of village leaders is well known. Unless one comes from an indigenous community it is a path less well travelled in the HIV community. That’s surprising. Collectively, we have seen a lot of energy devoted to the subject of HIV and aging. Much of that discourse though centres around the impact of HIV and /or HIV treatment and/or the toll of advancing years on our bodies. The dialogue has been less fulsome about the concerns of the elde

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