Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch.  He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network  (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.

Treatment as Prevention: Pulling the Wool?

published: September, 16, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The debate over treatment as prevention is heating up. To quote last week’s news story in AIDSmap “Canadian researchers have published a large cohort study indicating that higher uptake of antiretroviral therapy might reduce HIV transmission

 . .  .  considerably  in some populations."  You can read the full article here.  Note that the headline is ”HIV Diagnoses fall as treatment expands in British Columbia”. Sounds like a cause-and-effect thing, doesn’t it? Sounds like that over on the west coast they’ve found the answer to halting the epidemic.  Or have they?   First I need to be upfront with my biases. I’m someone who finds the "treatment as prevention" issue problematic.

Furry Friends Friday - the 100 Cats Edition

published: September, 12, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

I’m sure I ‘m not the only one that’s noticed that Furry Friends Friday – a column which acknowledges the important part that pets can play in poz lives - is almost always about dogs. I admit my biases. We have three dogs and one cat. We are, though . .

. . . . . .  very much dog persons, and that shows. It’s very hard, though,  to be a dog AND a cat person. One species inevitably rules over the other. Which reminds me of the expression from Leaving Home: dogs drool, cat’s rule.   And in so far as who rules the house, there is often some truth in that. Our Freddie, for instance, pictured above, will take no nonsense from the three dogs. She is, in fact a master mistress disciplinarian. One swipe of her paw and the thre

A Question of Balance . .

published: September, 08, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Is advocacy dead, lying on the sidewalk of life with its feet sticking up in the air, like a pigeon that hit one of our big windows last week? Or is it just resting . .

 . . . like that very same pigeon, who got up and fluttered away several hours later.  At least I think it fluttered away. Next day there were a lot of feathers on the lawn and our three dogs were looking mighty pleased with themselves.  So who knows. Anyway, here’s a test. First, think of your favourite AIDS organization. It can be federal, provincial or local - your local ASO perhaps. Lots of nice, committed, busy people there, for sure. Then ask yourself, if you'r

My favourite things

published: September, 03, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

I miss Glee. I miss Kurt in particular. There, I’ve said it

I miss Glee. I miss Kurt in particular. There, I’ve said it. There is a popular misconception held about blogging that one needs to find things to write about, that every post needs to be about something important. Or whitty. Or both. I’ve long thought otherwise. I’ve made a blogging career, in fact – seven years and over three thousand entries - out of writing about nothing. Or about something, but those somethings have seldom been important or whitty. Well maybe once. In actual fact,

A CRIMINALIZATION STORY THAT’S DIFFERENT

published: August, 31, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Sometimes an HIV-related story reported in the press gets me so mad I can hardly think straight.

Sometimes an HIV-related story reported in the press gets me so mad I can hardly think straight. Here’s an example.  The Toronto Star reported today that in Kamloops BC an investigation is under way in to the conduct of four RCMP Officers.  They and three others watched two female inmates having sex, caught on video.  The Star doesn’t say whether the  officers were jerking off while watching the show, or merely sniggering amongst themselves, saliva dropping down their s

What’s your identity?

published: August, 31, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

I’ve been away for a while – four weeks in fact – and while I kept somewhat connected through the combined miracles of the internet and the iPhone, I came home relaxed, rejuvenated, but distinctly out of touch.

I’ve been away for a while – four weeks in fact – and while I kept somewhat connected through the combined miracles of the internet and the iPhone, I came home relaxed, rejuvenated, but distinctly out of touch.  Being in a foreign land - or lands – will do that to you. For those not paying attention, I was in the UK, the land of my birth.  We were in Scotland the majority of the time, but also spent time in Wales visiting with my partner’s family there and in England with m

Home

published: August, 24, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

oday we drove to see my old stomping grounds. This is the house in Emgland I lived in with my parents until leaving for what I hoped would be infinitely more exciting - and it was- at the age of twenty- four.

Today we drove to see my old stomping grounds.  This is the house in Emgland I lived in with my parents until leaving for what I hoped would be infinitely more exciting - and it was- at the age of twenty- four.My home seemed boring then, and it still does. It's a post-war semi (ours was the right hand half of this building) set on a rather drab suburban street right on the edge of the London sprawl.  It was no place for a gay man to grow up in then, and quite possibly still isn't.I'd

Greetings from Wales

published: August, 20, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Greetings from Wales First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

Greetings from WalesFirst we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.  Which although geographically hardly describes where we've been the last three weeks - it should read "first we take Scotland, then we take Wales" - it seemed like as good a travelling song as any.Anyway, we're in Wales now, home of ridiculously unpronounceable place names like Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - and I'm not making this up. Check wikipedia.  Wales is also the home of many of M

Furry Friends Friday - the Scottish Edition

published: August, 15, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Well. I feel like a complete loser. Two weeks in Scotland and I don't have a single photo to bring you of what a Scotsman wears under his kilt. (But I do know that a judicious search of the Internet will produce a number of images which will reveal all

Well. I feel like a complete loser.  Two weeks in Scotland and I don't have a single photo to bring you of what a Scotsman wears under his kilt.  (But  I do know that a judicious search of the Internet will produce a number of images which will reveal all, in some cases quite literally.)So here's a Scottish furry friend instead.  His name is Hamish. The furry fellow with the large horns on the left - second image. How do I know his name is Hamish, you may ask?  Well, I

Bonnie Scotland

published: August, 08, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Well, PositiveLite just can't keep it's feet on the ground.  For a bunch of diseased pariahs with a suitcase of pills, we sure do get around, don't we?

Well, PositiveLite just can't keep it's feet on the ground.  For a bunch of diseased pariahs with a suitcase of pills, we sure do get around, don't we? Anyway we (Meirion and I) are touring Scotland for two weeks with my brother and his wife, two of the nicest people you could possibly meet, but idiosyncratic enough in their habits to  remind me why spending time with my birth- family is waaaaaay less  fun than with my chosen family. This is also an HIV-free holiday.  I've

Brian talks

published: June, 25, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

I interviewed PositiveLite founder Brian Finch a couple of weeks ago one rainy afternoon. I was in Toronto, visiting for something- I can't remember exactly for what, but it probably involved…

I interviewed PositiveLite founder Brian Finch a couple of weeks ago one rainy afternoon.  I was in Toronto, visiting for something  - I can't remember exactly for what, but it probably involved Rufus Wainwright.  Ah yes, I was at the Housing Summit.  That afternoon, though, I was “helping” Brian film a promo for a Luminato show called Dark Star Requiem.  Anyway, neither of us are exactly pros when it comes to video production, so we stumbled though the promo,

Pride and prejudice

published: July, 02, 2010 Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Here’s a question.  Which of these two will be the most testosterone-fuelled, machismo-heavy event? The Pride Parade in Toronto with its leather daddies in heat, muscle-bound gym rats,  bodybuilders in Speedos...

Here’s a question.  Which of these two will be the most testosterone-fuelled, machismo-heavy event? The Pride Parade in Toronto with its leather daddies in heat, muscle-bound gym rats,  bodybuilders in Speedos, many more acres of naked flesh  - or Nanookville’s (pop 700) Rodeo?* Answer:  Go where the cowboys are real.  The Nanookville Western Weekend, a stop on the rodeo circuit that tours Ontario and Quebec each summer, is huge and it's HOT. &

Pride Part 1 – Hot Shots

published: July, 06, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Toronto Pride was hot and sweaty, just as it should be. In this humble correspondent’s opinion, it was most notable for being the year that had the greatest hunk quotient ever.

Toronto Pride was hot and sweaty, just as it should be.  It might have been the most politically charged one on record , but in this humble correspondent’s opinion, it was most notable for being the year that had the greatest hunk quotient ever.  And, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t that what’s really important? So I took over a thousand photos at Pride this year.  A few of them were even of people with clothes on.  But the photogra

Furry Friends Friday – The Pride Wrap-Edition

published: July, 09, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

If you haven't seen the hunks of pride, go to my previous post.  And try not to droll on the keyboard, or worse.

If you haven't seen the hunks of pride, go to my previous post.  And try not to droll on the keyboard, or worse. But I wanted to feature the pooches here first, decked out in their terribly understated, less-is-more pride finery.  (Do you know how many treats I had to give them to do this?) \ Some assholes less than astute people have said in the past "why do we need pride; there isnt a straight pride, we should just fit in."   So for those assholes less than

Why worry?

published: July, 13, 2010 Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

ifes'a puzzle, isn't it?  What the article says is that safety nets for drug resistance patients like me are not coming down the pipe-line like they used to.

Are you a worrier?  I used to be.  I spent the first five years after my diagnosis in 1993 worrying about everything non-stop.  Those worries seemed huge too. Not that I was scared of dying;  I somehow came to grips with that possibility fairly soon. But I worried about everything else.  Like how do I handle getting sicker and sicker (because that’s what people did in those days) and still go to work each day. I had a hateful job that was slowly killing me anyw

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