Activism

WORLD PREMIERE IN TORONTO - Positive Women: Exposing Injustice

published: May, 20, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Community Events, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Events, Women, Revolving Door, Events, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Positive Women: Exposing Injustice takes the audience into the hearts and minds of four positive women bravely speaking out on this important issue.

WORLD PREMIERE IN TORONTO  - Positive Women: Exposing Injustice

Announcement from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network  Women's voices have rarely been heard on this important issue. What happens if a woman does not disclose her HIV-positive status to a sexual partner? How does criminalization impact HIV-positive women in Canada, who are trying to live their lives in the shadow of stigma and fear? Does the law actually protect women's health? How do women feel about their experience with the criminal law with respect to HIV non-disclosure? Positive Women

Not Alone!

published: March, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest writer Phillip Fournier writes about getting diagnozed with HIV, his life as a positive young half-black gay man and what he feels others like him need to overcome the adversity in their lives.

Not Alone!

Bio: My name is Phillip Jeffrey Fournier. Activist name Fox Silver or Foxy. Born and raised in Toronto. I live life by living not just by breathing. Only child of a white mother who loved and supports me ever since I disclosed my sexuality, and now through disclosing my HIV-positive status. I have always fought haters and oppressors because this world is for everyone and that's what i believe and will continue to believe. I am an Activist and I act because the next generation is worth it, just

An Iron Man: The Vaughn Ripley Interview

published: May, 23, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Vaughn Ripley, a hemophiliac who has battled HIV and Hep C for twenty six years since receiving tainted blood in his teens - and who has gone on to run a marathon and participate in extreme sports.

An Iron Man: The Vaughn Ripley Interview

Vaughn Ripley is one of the longest surviving HIV+ people on the planet. He is the author of Survivor: One Man’s Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C. He has raced motorcycles, rock climbed, attempted Mount Rainier three times, and run a marathon. His latest fitness venture is triathlons and century bicycle rides. Vaughn was born with hemophilia, and has wrestled with Hepatitis C, which he recently beat after enduring a year-long battle with medicine. He also fought and continues to

Filling the void: Canada’s national voice for people living with HIV takes flight

published: June, 26, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on the fledgling organization called CPPN/RCPS recently formed by and for Canadian people living with HIV to give them a strong voice on the national stage

Filling the void: Canada’s national voice for people living with HIV takes flight

It was all the buzz in Ottawa last week, where membership applications were being snapped up in dozens. Canadians living with HIV may have finally found their voice with the formation of a new organization that aims to influence and revive the country’s national response to HIV as well as the lives of those long under represented who live with HIV.  Called the CCPN/RCPS, the initials stand for Canadian Positive People Network, or in French, Reseau Canadien des Personnes Séropositives.

Feature Interview: Bob Leahy talks sex with Todd Klinck

published: November, 28, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

In this candid interview, full of insights in to what makes him tick, Todd shares what it’s like being a young pro dom, making porn, running a pansexual playground with trans legend Mandy Goodhandy and much more.

Feature Interview: Bob Leahy talks sex with Todd Klinck

Todd Klinck is a well known figure in the Toronto alternative club scene, known too for his past work as a young dom in the sex trade, with a nightclub in the burbs featuring shemale strippers, for making porn with a kink twist, for being edgy and out - and outspoken, but he’s much more than that.  Here’s the Wikepedia version of Todd Klinck’s life Todd Klinck (born November 15, 1974 in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian writer, nightclub owner and pornography producer. Klinck moved t

The Personal Side of AIDS

published: May, 10, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Spirituality, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

A remarkable guest post from Christopher Sale, a Catholic religious brother from California, diagnosed with AIDS four years ago.

The Personal Side of AIDS

Editor's note: It’s odd that PositiveLIte.com has never really featured a religious perspective of living with HIV in our pages before. But Brother Christopher Sale (below, right) happened to write to us and we were immediately interested in the prospect of him sharing his rather unusual story. Christopher told me this about himself. “In 2008 I nearly died from AIDS and drug use. By the grace of God I'm still here. I'm now a Catholic religious brother. I'm the first openly gay man with A

Keith’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

“The experiences, friendships, and role models that I’ve gained from participating in Totally Outright have changed...my life”, says Keith Reynolds in the second of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright program for young gay men.

Keith’s story

In order to understand the profound influence that Totally Outright  had on me, I should first explain my motivation for taking it. It was a distraction. The end of university was looming and I knew that while graduating wouldn’t be a problem with the courses I was taking, I was scared to death of what came next. Like many at university, I didn’t know how to function in the real world. While my degree in Engineering might more easily translate into employment than many of my friends

Totally Outright

published: January, 31, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh learns about Totally Outright, a sexual health leadership course that empowers young gay guys to become effective leaders in their own communities.

Totally Outright

Totally Outright is a thought-provoking, leadership and community-building program for young gay men. It’s designed to introduce them to community leaders, mentors and experts in gay men’s health. It’s about building a community of well informed, sexually-savvy young men who can communicate with a wide range of people to enhance gay community health. The program was created by the Community Based Research Centre (CBRC) in British Columbia and then further developed and delivered by Heal

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Activism, Pride, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

What is #HIVnow? It’s the HIV awareness campaign Toronto Pride deserves.

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

John Maxwell, executive director, ACT (left) Christopher Thomas, communications coordinator, ACT (right)     Ryan Lisk, manager of community health programs, ACT (left) Mason McColl, gay men's online strategy and resource coordinator, ACT (right)     Ty Best, graphic designer of the posters The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has just launched a bold, new multimedia campaign, HIVnow, that is intended to raise awareness around HIV because the times

Louise Binder in the Toronto Sun: HIV treatment in Canada lacking.

published: December, 13, 2011 Categories // Activism, News Categories, Women, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

PositiveLIte.Com writer and activist Louise Binder talks to reporter Kevin Connor about the state of #HIV treatment in 2011

Louise Binder, seen Nov. 28, 2011, has had HIV since 1993. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun) PositiveLite.Com says: we were delighted to see our Louise Binder made the Toronto Sun December 1, 2011, World AIDS Day, albeit surrounded by ads for Pizzaville (two medium pizzas, six toppings for $18.99?  Not bad!), The Sun story story goes on to take a lightning tour of a host of HIV-related issues, which will likely never be referred to again in the pages of the Sun, at least until World AIDS Da

HIV It's Different Now

published: November, 15, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks to HIV positive activist Denise Becker about a new, innovative “seek and treat” campaign in Vancouver that aims to identify and treat the estimated one in four people who are infected with HIV but don’t know it.

HIV It's Different Now

If you live in Vancouver and you’re an adult who’s ever had sex, the chances are you’ll be offered an HIV test with your next routine medical examination. This four-year, $48 million pilot project funded by the BC government, is a “seek and treat” program whose objective is to identify and treat the estimated one in four people who are infected with HIV but don’t know it. The project, supported by an advertising campaign though social and more conventional media, is purposely cast

Jackie Shane

published: March, 01, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment

Time for a little queer black history Canadian style to signal the end of black history month 2012

Jackie Shane was a gay black cross-dressing androgynous rhythm and blues singer who rose to fame in the early 1960’s in Montreal and mainly Toronto. Though his rise to fame can be credited to his devout Canadian following, Jackie was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up around music. While Nashville is famous for its roots in country music, there was a growing jazz movement throughout the 1950’s and in his teenage years, he lived with Marion James, Nashville’s Qu

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

published: February, 10, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Alternative Therapies, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says there is so much faulty information on what being on treatment means and when to start that it is hurting us all. But there are solutions which can successfully balance patient rights with the benefits of starting treatment early

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

Balancing act There has always been a balancing act between what science or even common sense suggests what’s best for us and our right to freedom of choice, to do what we think is right for our bodies. That applies to both prevention and treatment decisions. Sometimes we have got it right like saying “give people relevant and accessible information to make them feel in control of their sexual health“.  Sometimes we get it wrong, like the highly prescriptive, but once popular “use a

What happens when an AIDS Service Organization gets its funding cut? Part Two

published: February, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

An update from Iain Murtagh of The Crescent, a Hertfordshire UK based AIDS Service agency that has scrambled to find alternative funding and maintain services following redirection of funding by local health authorities.

What happens when an AIDS Service Organization gets its funding cut? Part Two

Editors note.  The first post from Iain Murtagh back in October 2011 describing the predicament of The Crescent and its clients had been placed in was a bit of a social media sensation.  You can read it here.  We recently asked Ian for an update, and this is what he gave us. Iain Murtagh: Following our last article in October we have been very busy indeed! Demand for our services has increased as it became more apparent that the supposed replacement service could not meet the needs of se

Daniel’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

In the first of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright leadership program for young gay men, Daniel McGraw reflects on how the program gave purpose and meaning to his life and strengthened his resolve to positively impact his community

Daniel’s story

There have been few single experiences that have so powerfully transformed my life as participating in Totally Outright in 2009. When I applied to participate, I had no idea that it would have such an impact, an impact that I did not even fully comprehend in the weeks and months that followed. Looking back at how my life has changed over the past three years, much of that change can be traced directly back to Totally Outright. It’s something that has been on my mind often over the past co

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