Activism

The true love story behind Larry Kramer’s novel ‘Faggots’

published: June, 21, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King with a fascinating glimpse of activist icon Larry Kramer's softer side.

The true love story behind Larry Kramer’s novel ‘Faggots’

Larry Kramer, Kelsey Louie of GMHC, Mark S. King, and Larry’s husband, David Webster. (Photo: Nathan Perkel) The new POZ Magazine feature article, “Finding Larry Kramer,” tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the iconic activist found his way back to GMHC nearly thirty years after the organization kicked him out for being such a pain in the ass. It is an intimate look at an American hero and lion in winter. I had the pleasure of writing the story, which meant meeting both Larry an

Ottawa’s EnvisionForum from Bruce House highlighted major issues facing aging HIVers.

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Activism, Aging, Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Conference report: Bob Leahy and the takeaway messages from Ottawa that point to an uncertain future for the aging HIV population.

Ottawa’s EnvisionForum from Bruce House highlighted major issues facing aging HIVers.

Time bomb I much enjoyed going to Ottawa last week for The Bruce House conference – they tagged it #EnvisionForum - on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness. An ambitious program with a welcome focus on aging, an interesting setting (the old Ottawa courthouse) and a hugely committed group of Bruce House staff and volunteers led to an engaging and thoughtful couple of days in our nation’s capital.  Rob Olver has already covered the highlights from his perspective. It’s a good read.

PositiveLite.com Interviews VOICES director Daniel Larson Sidhu

published: April, 18, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Features and Interviews, International , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews the director of the documentary VOICES, the story of how in 2006 AIDS activists in Toronto made a future possible for HIV-positive South Africans.

PositiveLite.com Interviews VOICES director Daniel Larson Sidhu

Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. We’ll talk about the film’s connection with Toronto in a minute. Tell me about yourself, first, Daniel.  Daniel: Thank you too. Sure, for people who don’t know me I’d say I’m a person who doesn’t give up. I think two things have shaped my life; and those two things are acting and running. Both pursuits are about discipline and determination – and both have made me the person I am today. Bob: You’ve made a film called VOICES

August 2017 update: Proposed changes in viral load test reporting remain alarming

published: August, 09, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Community cries foul to the news that Public Health Ontario wants to send your viral load test results to your local health unit.. Bob Leahy updates the story.

August 2017 update: Proposed changes in viral load test reporting remain alarming

August 9, 2017 Update: this isn't going away. . . . Here is what we heard this week from HALCO (HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario). By the way, don't you just love the title of the report - "Public Health Approach to Case Management" that none in our community have even seen? That's us the report is talking about - and how our viral loads are to be managed by local Public Health offices. No thanks, says PositiveLite.com. And GIPA this is not! From HALCO . .  The Ministry of Health and Long-

U = U: how well is the message getting through to people living with HIV and their doctors?

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Activism, featured, Social Media, As Prevention , T.J. Miller, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

To help answer that question, T.J. Miller initiated a survey of HIV peers and physicians. Here are the results.

U = U: how well is the message getting through to people living with HIV and their doctors?

About two months ago, in anticipation of the upcoming International AIDS Society Conference in Paris, France, along with the United States Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC I decided to attempt a poll of both HIV-positive individuals and healthcare providers who treat HIV-positive clients. The topic of this poll was Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U). In order to reach HIV-positive survey participants, I submitted posts for participants on Facebook to several HIV based groups. Thes

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

Skewed Stories

published: July, 05, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Women, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Legal, Media, Population Specific

Media stories of people prosecuted for not disclosing their status show Black men on trial in disproportionate numbers. What impact does this have on African, Caribbean and Black communities? From CATIE's Positive Side, Sané Dube investigates.

Skewed Stories

“In a word, it’s dehumanizing.” Robert Bardston is talking about media coverage of HIV non-disclosure cases. I’ve spent the past couple of months engaged in a series of poignant, inspiring and sometimes-heartbreaking conversations about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. I am trying to understand how mainstream media stories on the issue impact African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) people across the country. Robert and I are speaking on the phone—miles stretch between his Medici

GNP+: A global network for and by people living with HIV

published: December, 09, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, John McCullagh

PositiveLite.com speaks with three of the Canadian leaders of GNP+NA, the North American region of the global network of people living with HIV

GNP+: A global network for and by people living with HIV

(left to right) Trevor Stratton, Rodney Rousseau and Christian Hui  The Global Network of People Living with HIV is the only international network of people living with HIV. I recently sat down with Trevor Stratton, Christian Hui and Rodney Rousseau, three current and/or past board members of the organization’s North American region, to learn more about this network and its work.  John McCullagh: My first question for you guys is, What is GNP+ North America?  Trevor Stratton: GNP+ Nort

Gay Mafia Presents . . .

published: April, 15, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Movies, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Robert Birch on building generational bridges: "Do today’s young queer men and women need to more intimately know about the AIDS crisis? I say, ‘Hell, yes!’”

Gay Mafia Presents . . .

The word mafia means “a bold man.” The idea that we might need a ‘Gay’ Mafia emerged from a group of grassroots activists who were trying to imagine new ways to engage communities of men who have sex with men. Institutions that support and inform gay men’s health and wellness have certain limitations, especially since we rely on the public purse. When I envisioned a video blog from a bathhouse with performers eroticizing safer sex negotiation, funders graciously turned down the idea

The Queer Muslim Conundrum

published: July, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Pride, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer Nadha Hassen with views on Pride by someone with multiple Identities

The Queer Muslim Conundrum

"Year after year, I have heard people in my family and community condemn "gayness" and everything that is not heteronormative."  This post is a personal one and as a result, I anticipate backlash from some readers - whether explicit or not. For people who know me, I anticipate that it may change the way some of you think of me. So I pre-empt all this by saying that this post does not change me as the person you know thus far. It only provides further insight into who I am. I can ask you to

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Art, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Performances, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Rahim Thawer: "... some people indiscriminately defend artistic expression without any room for considering how power and privilege operate in our world."

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

Club 120, Toronto, 2012. Photo courtesy of the author. Marvellous Grounds is the first publisher of this essay. Rahim Thawer (2017). Defending Uncritical Art has Consequences. In Special Issue #2 – Bodies as Archives: QTBIPOC Art and Performance in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds.  I grew up in Etobicoke and went to a racialized-majority middle school and then a white-majority high school. My undergraduate education spanned a few institutions, and in each one, I found enclaves of people o

Reports of cuts to funding alarm the Canadian HIV Community

published: October, 06, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

But has the AIDS budget really been cut? And if not, who wins and who loses? Bob Leahy puts the recent announcements regarding funding of HIV and related diseases in focus

Reports of cuts to funding alarm the Canadian HIV Community

Here’s what we know Information has been drifting out in dribs and drabs all week as individual agencies received responses to their letters of intent to apply for funding under a $26.4 million fund falling under federal jurisdiction. The word was that there had been massive cuts to AiDS funding in Canada.  The reality is far more complicated. First here’s what everyone was waiting for. Last night the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), a division of Health Canada, shared this on the

Festivals, Summits, and Conferences!

published: April, 01, 2012 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

The Tattooed Activist talks about his busy work schedule in February and updates his readers on where he’s been hiding.

February has always been a busy time. During the shortest, coldest, month of the year the AIDS Committee of Ottawa hosts its annual health and wellness festival called Snowblower  which aims to decrease social isolation, build agency, and increase queer men’s knowledge around safer sex practices. I helped to organize, promote, and facilitate five specific events, even as I tried to manage my regular work commitments, which included hosting a HIV+ young men’s group called Chatter, and part

A little more magic

published: February, 20, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

In September 2011, Editor Bob Leahy interviewed HIV-positive magician Daniel Bauer. Today Daniel, gives us an update on the impact that interview had, what he’s been doing since and his public speaking AIDS awareness vehicle, Blunt Talk.

A little more magic

You can read Bob Leahy’s interview with Daniel Bauer here. Wowsa!!! Time has seriously flown by since Bob Leahy of PositiveLite.com did a story on me back in September 2011.  I can’t even begin to express how liberating and free my soul feels since that interview. I am truly indebted to PositiveLite.com for helping me kick-start my journey back into the public’s eye as a renewed face and voice in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  I am also grateful to all of the other publications who cam

International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

published: July, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on evidence from the Opposites Attract study that was presented this week at #IAS2017 in Paris.

International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

Image from Opposites Attract study: www.oppositesattract.net.au A study of 343 gay couples, where one partner had HIV and the other did not, has not found a single case of HIV transmission in 16,889 acts of condomless anal sex, the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris, France, was told today. The Opposites Attract study looked at whether HIV is transmitted between gay male couples of different HIV status when the HIV positive partner is on treatment

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