Activism

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

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Movies, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From the Windsor Star, Tamar Harris reports on "HIV and Aging", a documentary film being shot, fundraised and directed by Amanda Gellman.

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

Portrait of Gregory Scratch, who is featured in a dicumentary called HIV and Aging, a project being shot/fundraised/directed by Amanda Gellman.  Photo: Jason Kryk, Windsor Star. In 1995, Gregory Scratch was told he had 12 hours to live. His list of ailments was long and life-threatening: pneumocystis pneumonia, cryptococcal meningitis and shingles. The underlying disease? HIV. Scratch was one of thousands to be diagnosed with HIV in the ’80s and ’90s. The then-mysterious disease claime

Harm reduction saves lives -- please consider supporting PASAN.

published: September, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Hep B and C, As Prevention , Fundraisers, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Events, Mental Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

PASAN has started a critical fundraising campaign.

Harm reduction saves lives -- please consider supporting PASAN.

PASAN is the only community-based organization in Canada providing HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C prevention, education and support services exclusively to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.  PASAN works with prisoners in provincial and federal corrections facilities throughout the province of Ontario, but faces tremendous constraints in doing this work. It’s become increasingly difficult for PASAN staff to be able to access prisons to conduct educational programming about harm redu

HIV in Uganda today

published: August, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Keeping love alive in Uganda: guest author William Matovu of Uganda's Love To Love Organization discusses the current state of HIV stigma, treatment and prevention and the challenges faced there.

HIV in Uganda today

Uganda is one of the most under developed countries in Africa, with a population of about 40 million people. There are a number of factors that have led Uganda to lag behind as far as HIV is concerned. I would like to take this great opportunity to talk more about stigma, treatment and prevention in detail. Stigma Due to misinformation about the virus, stigma is rising at a high rate; HIV-positive people are facing a very big challenge in the communities where they live and this has caused

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

Keith’s story

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

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

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, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, 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

Fighting Stigma with Flair

published: August, 27, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Chris Richey and Scott McPherson, the inventive minds behind The Stigma Project, an LA based series of campaigns using bold graphics and innovative messaging designed to boldly attack HIV stigma everywhere

Fighting Stigma with Flair

Bob Leahy: Guys, thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com.  I want to fess up right away and tell you that I’m a big admirer of your current campaign.  I love the messages and I love the artwork.  It’s all very creative.  We’ll get to that bit in a minute, but let’s find out about you two.  Chris, I think you founded The Stigma Project with Scott, right?  Tell us why you did it.  Chris Richey: Well it sort of began as an extension of my own personal journey with HIV. Before be

Daniel’s story

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

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Faces Major Funding Cuts

published: July, 21, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

We share an important message from our friends at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network about a cut in their government funding that “significantly undermines our ability to continue our work in defending and promoting human rights in the response to HIV.”

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Faces Major Funding Cuts

I am writing to share some very important news and to appeal for your solidarity and support. As the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network marks its 20th anniversary, we face an unprecedented challenge with recent news of a drastic cut in funding under Canada’s federal AIDS strategy — a cut that significantly undermines our ability to continue our work in defending and promoting human rights in the response to HIV. For most of its history, the Legal Network has been seen by the federal governm

Martin Luther King, the n-word and 2012

published: January, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

Another blog by DJ Relentless - who points the finger. “You as black people are giving everyone the right to call you that word when you callously just drop "nigger" in a sentence.”

Martin Luther King, the n-word and 2012

It's hard to believe how quickly the years are going by. Just three years ago, I was debating whether or not to make my annual Martin Luther King Day CD. New York City seemed to be changing drastically and the kids who were coming out to Escuelita were not interested in my traditional musical celebration of Rev. King. Last year at this time, I posted a blog about my appreciation for the achievements of President Obama. That blog garnered me some unwelcome comments -  a well known drag 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

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Social Media, Pride, Activism, Community Events, As Prevention , Research, Health, Sexual 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

I got me... for now!

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Photography, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow: I have a list of things that I need to do and no determination to attempt any of them."

I got me... for now!

I’ve realized, I’m not burning out, I’m having days when I wake up and say, “I just don’t want to do anything today”. August 15th, 2017, I received an email from the editor of PositiveLite asking if I had something for publication, that it’s been a while since my last submission. I haven’t responded to the email yet, deciding I would write something to explain why instead. I sat here most of the day and tried to think of a place to start, and it honestly became a struggle. I

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