Arts and Entertainment

Art Posi+ive: The Best of Both Worlds

published: August, 14, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Art, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Tradition meets innovation in the work of William Flett. From CATIE's Positive Side, this interview by Darien Taylor

Art Posi+ive: The Best of Both Worlds

Killer Whale One of William Flett’s earliest childhood memories is of the plane he was travelling on touching down on the tarmac in Haida Gwaii one dark, rainy night. He was five years old. Though William and his parents lived on the islands of the Haida people situated off the north coast of B.C. for only a year before returning to Vancouver, its culture and rich artistic traditions had a lasting impact on William’s artistic expression. The Haida reverence for the natural world and their

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

published: June, 21, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, 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

Zoe Saldana's stunning performance in Sia's HIV video will have you in tears

published: June, 09, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Photography, Women, International , Music, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Sia's new video, "Free Me" is an achingly beautiful tour de force.

Zoe Saldana's stunning performance in Sia's HIV video will have you in tears

Sia’s gorgeous new song, “Free Me”, and the even more gorgeous video that goes with it both aim to spread awareness for the #endHIV campaign and benefit the Abzyme Research Foundation (all proceeds of the song will be used to advance a new potential HIV/AIDS cure).  The video, starring Zoe Saldana and narrated by Julianne Moore, details the story of an expectant mother who has just learned that she is HIV-positive and that without treatment the virus will enter her child. Zoe Saldana

Should gays defend Milo? No.

published: February, 22, 2017 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Performances, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin on Milo: "... sexist, transphobic, racist, pick what you wish from the long catalogue of human cruelties, he will likely embrace it this very instant, already has, or will at some future time of greater convenience."

Should gays defend Milo? No.

The question arises – I suppose – whether Milo should be able to rely on the good offices of Gay, Inc℠ or of the broader velvet mafia in media and culture. We do tend to defend our own, even if only for the reason that they are indeed our own. Do we, more specifically gay white men, do so for conservatives as reliably as for liberals? I propose that this is the wrong question to ask. My guess would be that Milo won’t be afforded the warm embrace of Ellen or Anderson Cooper, let al

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

published: December, 30, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Youth, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Photography, Health, Music, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

"We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe deserve love, care and support." William Matovu of Love to Love Organization tells his story

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

One of the things that delights me most in my work with PositiveLite.com is the window it allows me onto a worldwide community that affords me boundless uplift and inspiration. Recently I was privileged to make contact online with William Matovu, a young HIV activist working at Love to Love Organization, which supports orphans and children living with HIV in Uganda.  "We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe des

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

published: December, 13, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

"I spent most of my time reading Christodora in a reverie, spellbound by its intimacy and its characters," says Mark S. King.

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy (below right) harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows his terrain. The book’s namesake is a century-old apartment building in New York City’s East Village, silently weathering the indignities of t

SERO Project releases new short film on HIV criminalization

published: December, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Movies, Arts and Entertainment, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination", a new documentary short film to raise awareness of the continued criminalization of people living with HIV.

SERO Project releases new short film on HIV criminalization

November 28, 2016 -- In conjunction with World AIDS Day on December 1, the SERO Project announced the release of its new documentary short film, HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination. The short film furthers SERO Project’s goal to raise awareness of the continued criminalization of people living with HIV.  “As HIV activists, HIV criminalization is a defining moral issue of our time,” said SERO Project executive director Sean Strub (above). “State statutes throughout

Poetry: Survive and thrive - a poz perspective

published: November, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Poetry of resilience by long term survivor and Blenheim, Ontario resident Gregory Scratch

Poetry: Survive and thrive - a poz perspective

  Survive and Thrive I held the spoon while you held the flame That melted your sweet toxicity of illusion for my veins. I broke and shattered as you raped my wife, Killed my husband, degraded my sexuality, Called me whore, crack head, queer, dyke, Nigger, spic and all the like. Remnants of who I once was lay adrift in your sea of hate and pain. On the shoreline of your subconscious, I begin the task of gathering What remains of who I am. Piece by piece, I find my heart, my soul,

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

published: October, 04, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

HIV research has never been presented so entertainingly, as Mark S. King shares.

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released by The Knocks and it features vocals by Alex Newell, the young gender-bending singer who rose to fame by stealing season three of the television series, Glee (his rendition of “Boogie Shoes” on that show is a one-way ticket to my happy place). In the CDC music vid

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight

published: September, 30, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Theatre, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight. Bob Leahy reviews Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s latest exploration of queer romance, a very clever and funny improv that draws the audience in quite literally

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight

Photo Image by Tanja-Tiziana Blind Date is the first Buddies' show to feature alternating male and female leads. The gay dating version opened last night and the audience couldn’t have been more engaged in a 90-minute show that just flies by. It’s clever, funny as hell and leaves you wondering at the skill of it all. This is a show that you will talk about for a long time. Here’s the premise. The show opens with a clown, Mathieu, played winningly in the gay version by the handsome Davi

Porn. Sex. XXX - is porn affecting our health?

published: September, 02, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Research, Sexual Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

With sex education off the classroom agenda, many gay teenagers may have no choice but to learn about sex through porn, but is porn helpful or harmful when it comes to learning about sex by watching porn. For FS Magazine, Stuart Haggas reports.

Porn. Sex. XXX - is porn affecting our health?

This article by Stewart Haggas originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  It’s perhaps to be expected that previous generations of gay men, when homosexuality was legislated against, had to look beyond obvious channels for information about gay sex and relationships – but what about the gay youth of today? Recently, the Government announced that it wouldn’t be requiring schools to provide Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), despite widespread support for the

Art Posi+ive: Significant Others

published: August, 03, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, CATIE, Performances, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV

From CATIE, award-winning dancer Benoît Lachambre transforms the dynamic between performer and spectator.

Art Posi+ive: Significant Others

This article by David Pelletier previously appeared on CATIE's Positive Side here. Une version française est disponible ici.  For Benoît Lachambre - dancer, choreographer, founder of the Montreal-based Par B.L.eux dance company and seasoned teacher of contemporary dance—artistic expression is all about sharing and communion. This aspect of his work is so fundamental that since the mid-1990s he’s been breaking down “the fourth wall,” the invisible barrier that separates the

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

published: July, 13, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Events, Travel, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Samantha

Our Samantha on the joy of healing through music."For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music"

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

On the same day Prince was found dead, on April 21, 2016, I experienced a personal loss. Experiencing two losses in one day was so painful I did not know how to sooth myself. I paced up and down, had no concentration, couldn't sleep, eat or remain focused on anything to distract myself from the feelings that come with loss. For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music and a few other artists and it was the only activity that eased m

Abundance

published: June, 29, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

"Happy, content and thriving," our LA guy Kengi reflects on how he got there - with a tip of the hat to PositiveLite.com.

Abundance

I’m sitting inside a McDonald’s on a hot Saturday afternoon and I’m thinking to myself just how different my life is. I just left the Reef where my gallery is located. Imagine that, I’m a gallery owner. This is pretty crazy when you think that I once stood outside this location begging for something to eat during my 29 months of homelessness. Today I simply walked in and paid with no problem whatsoever. Not only that, as I sit here I’m recalling the nights I slept in the dirt in fro

Remembrance by candlelight

published: June, 14, 2016 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Upcoming Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Don Short “Without fanfare, I'm posting an excerpt from my revised poem written for a past AIDS Candlelight Memorial. It honors those whose lives were tragically shortened by AIDS in the 80s/90s, the survivors of today and the hopeful who await the cure

Remembrance by candlelight

I knew of some gents, when I was young and naïve.  These men were invincible.  A choir of rebels.  1981.   They’re no longer around.   The deluge of AIDS relentlessly unkind,  pulling them under an angry tide,  drowning more than their vitality, charisma and fame.    Among this chorus of valiant men,   my friend - Don.  Handsome and gallant.  Stoic and proud.  True leader of the pack.    His mask of polished veneer  would soften, as secrets were shared. 

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