Current Affairs

Pardoned for being raped?

published: July, 23, 2013 Categories // Current Affairs, Women, International , Legal, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter and the case of Marte Deborah Dalev, a Norwegian expat, who was pardoned of a 16-month jail sentence for having sex outside marriage when she was raped in Dubai.

Pardoned for being raped?

By now, you’ve probably heard that Marte Deborah Dalev, a Norwegian expat, was pardoned of a 16-month jail sentence for having sex outside marriage when she was raped in Dubai.  It feels good to know that there was a somewhat happy ending to one of those “this can’t really be happening” news stories. And yet, this story only serves to reinforce how different layers of privilege and power intersect in matters of inequality. In many countries, women’s bodies are culturally and legal

“Homophobia in Country Music” part two. Is Steve Grand the changer?

published: July, 19, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on the phenomenon that is gay country singer Steve Grand and whether he will change the face of country music in America.

“Homophobia in Country Music” part two. Is Steve Grand the changer?

When I first saw the Steve Grand video All-American Boy (see below) I thought it was good and posted it on the PositiveLite.com Facebook page. I figured it would get shared and I would be done with it. Then I watched how the video was taking off on YouTube. When I saw what everyone was saying about it, I felt compelled to chime in. My thinking is, with all the changes in the United States on equality and same sex marriage, will this video change the country music industry? His name is Steve G

Florida is not only a vacation destination . . .

published: July, 14, 2013 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, International , Legal, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless with comment on the racism behind the Zimmerman not guilty verdict in Florida

Florida is not only a vacation destination  . . .

I have taken some time to think about the verdict in the Zimmerman trial. And I am sure plenty of people are going to disagree with me with what I am about to say.  Remember when the O.J. Simpson verdict was handed down? I do. I was living in New York City. There were so many people who were upset and others who were cheering. That was an extremely important moment in race relations between Black and White America. I got a phone call from an ex (who happened to be Latino) who wanted to expre

This month in Canada: Making life tougher for those already struggling

published: June, 25, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The Positive Women’s Network of B.C. reviews how the government of Canada is making it tougher for marginalized people to get by

This month in Canada: Making life tougher for those already struggling

This article previously appeared on the website of Positive Women’s Network here.  A provocative month it’s been. The federal government has made several plays impacting the health of marginalized groups, starting with an effort to make the establishment of safe injection sites more difficult. Shortly thereafter it introduced restrictive regulations regarding medical marijuana. Andthen the Bedford case, concerning the constitutionality of current laws governing sex work, opened before th

The immigration and refugee rights of gay men and people living with HIV

published: June, 13, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Conferences, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Immigration and refugee rights in Canada are under siege and this is impacting people living with HIV. Toronto lawyer and human rights activist El Farouk Khaki, in a video interview, explains why this is so and what we can do about it.

The immigration and refugee rights of gay men and people living with HIV

The implications of intersectionality on gay men was the topic of one of the plenary sessions at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance  (GMSH) summit held in Toronto in May 2013. Intersectionality considers the simultaneous intersections between social difference and identity as well as the different forms of systemic oppression that reflect relationships of power.  One of the panel members at this plenary session was El Farouk Khaki, a Toronto refugee and immigration lawyer and human righ

Harm reduction news: Canada steps backwards?

published: June, 07, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Sexual Health, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The Canadian HIV/Aids Legal Network says government bill will impede life-saving health services like safe injection sites, cause more death and disease.

Harm reduction news:  Canada steps backwards?

JUNE 6, 2013 - Flouting the Supreme Court of Canada, today the federal government has introduced in Parliament a bill that aims to make it even more difficult for health authorities and community agencies to offer supervised drug consumption services, such as Vancouver's Insite, to Canadians who are among those most at risk of HIV infection and fatal overdose.  Bill C-65 introduces numerous conditions that the government says must be met before the Minister of Health will issue an exemption

Facebook fury

published: May, 31, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Women, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter on ending the endorsement of sexual violence on Facebook: lessons in social media strategy for activists

Facebook fury

As I was sitting down to type a blog post urging the HIV community to put pressure on Facebook to change its policy on content that promotes gender-based hate and violence, an amazing thing happened. Facebook agreed to changes its policies. Let’s back up a moment to review what this is all about. You may have, in the past, heard complaints that Facebook removes images, and imposes temporary bans on users, who, in efforts to support breastfeeding, breast cancer awareness or other women’s h

Ken Monteith reports on Montreal’s Aires Libres 2013

published: May, 29, 2013 Categories // Current Affairs, Events, Lifestyle

‘Tis the season…to close Ste-Catherine Street in the Village in Montréal to all but pedestrian traffic, suspend reality and a whole lot of pink balls and move everything out onto the street.

Ken Monteith reports on Montreal’s Aires Libres 2013

Last week marked the opening of Aires Libres 2013, the annual pedestrianization of the Gay Village on Montréal. It took a few days to string the thousands of pink balls as a delightful moving canopy above the street, and even last night as I made my way down the street crews were adjusting the tension on the strings of balls. Soon the little people lifters will be gone and we will be left to enjoy the pink balls above and the curious shadows these ever-moving spheres provide on everything bel

Gay men can now donate blood if they’ve had no gay sex for the past five years

published: May, 24, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

“Changes to MSM deferral policy are an important step forward” says the Canadian AIDS Society

Gay men can now donate blood if they’ve had no gay sex for the past five years

The CBC this week reported Health Canada will allow men to donate blood if they haven't had sex with a man in the last five years, a change in policy that will go into effect in the coming weeks. Here is a statement from the Canadian AIDS Society received May 22.  Ottawa, ON – The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) acknowledges that Health Canada today approved a change to the blood donor deferral period currently imposed on men who have sex with men (MSM) from indefinite to five years from last

Cure research takes off

published: May, 10, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Current Affairs, CATIE, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

An end in sight? CATIE on where cure research stands today.

Cure research takes off

This recent article by Sean Hosein first appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici. It has been 32 years since AIDS was first recognized and 30 years since the cause—a virus we now call HIV—was first isolated. In that time enormous advances have been made: There are tests that can detect HIV and treatment (commonly called ART or HAART) has transformed HIV into a chronic illness. Furthermore, the power of ART is so profound that a young HIV-positive ad

Toronto Public Health issues Meningitis Travel Alert

published: April, 20, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Latest notice suggests Canadian doctors offer vaccinations to MSM who are planning to travel to New York City and who are either HIV-positive or who may have close or intimate contact with other men met either online or at a bar or party in New York City

Toronto Public Health issues Meningitis Travel Alert

Vaccine Alert issued by Toronto Public Health. Invasive Meningococcal C Outbreak among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in New York City: Recommendations for Travel April 18, 2013: An ongoing outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease serogroup C has been occurring among men who have sex with men in New York City. Since 2010, there have been 22 cases reported: one in 2010, four in 2011, 13 in 2012 and four in 2013. Seven men have died, including three of the last five cases. The age range of

Hope

published: April, 16, 2013 Categories // Current Affairs, Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Megan DePutter with reflections on her last post about rape and the fallout following the Steubenville rape case – and says there is hope.

Hope

Writing my last blog post was very difficult for me. It was a very emotional topic and I found it a mental battle to keep my thoughts and feelings in check.  Like many women, the events made me incredibly angry that, even today, we have to argue that women have the right not to be raped. It is so preposterous that we even need to discuss these issues anymore. It is disheartening.  And yet, when I finished that post, I knew my next blog post would be about hope. You may recall an earlier pos

Canadian researcher Robert Remis subject of protest

published: April, 15, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

AIDS Action Now! says Robert Remis is on the wrong side in testifying for the crown in a string of recent criminalization cases

Canadian researcher Robert Remis subject of protest

Saturday, April 13, 2013 – At the Canadian Association of HIV/AIDS Researchers conference in Vancouver AIDS ACTION NOW! led people living with HIV, researchers, and doctors to stand in solidarity and call for members of the Canadian HIV research community to stop acting as paid expert witnesses on the side of Crown prosecutors in HIV non-disclosure trials.  Over 50 demonstrators stood behind a sign that said: “HIV is not a crime. AIDS Profiteering is” during Dr. Robert Remis’ (below,

The wild birds win BUT . .

published: April, 12, 2013 Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Current Affairs

Megan DePutter isn’t angry. In fact she’s delighted that AIDS Committee of Guelph’s close second place finish in the Canada’s Worst Charity Website contest netted her agency a $15,000 website makeover..

The wild birds win BUT . .

The short answer is, we didn’t win. But that’s misleading. There is so much more to the story. On Friday April 5, as I whipped into the parking lot and dashed into the office, my heart was beating. It was our last chance to get the final votes.  I hadn’t slept much the night before, and thanks to a persistent cold, my throat was raw and I could barely speak.  I lit up my computer to send out last minute pleas for help through email, Facebook and Twitter, reminding anyone who cared (an

Angry @ Birds

published: April, 01, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow draws comparisons between the attention a website about birds draws to one about HIV – and doesn’t like what he sees.

Angry @ Birds

I love my fine feathered friends, they are amazing creatures, and they sing beautifully but................  No one could ever accuse me of being anti-nature or a bird hater. Birds have been a large part of my photography excursions over the past three years. Today, I am a little miffed that a website that brings awareness to birds in need of care continues to lead an AIDS service organization (ASO)  to win a website upgrade by means of an online challenge. I think, this is why HIV will rem

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