Current Affairs

Medal Winner Denise Becker

published: October, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

PositiveLite..com writer Denise Becker with her thoughts on what it means to be honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Medal Winner Denise Becker

This year has been full of festivities marking the 60th year of the Queen’s succession to the throne. One of the ways that the Government of Canada decided to honour the Queen for her years of service was to mint 60,000 Diamond Jubilee Medals that honoured significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. I was honoured and extremely surprised to be named a recipient.  When you live in England, the value of the monarchy is instilled in you at an early age. I remember sitting on a st

Medal Winner Bob Leahy

published: October, 17, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy with his thoughts on what it means to be honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Medal Winner Bob Leahy

Awards like this  - trust me - inevitably cause us to think back and wonder how we got to this point . My life has been an odd one.  Pre-HIV it was mostly boring, lacking in direction, meaning  or reward.  These were the banking years, stuck in a high-flying job that I disliked immensely, one whose only merit was that it paid well. But, as I’ve often remarked, all seemed to change for the better once I was diagnosed.  True, it didn’t happen right away, but after a few months of

Two PositiveLite.com writers awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

published: October, 16, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy and contributor Denise Becker have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the HIV/AIDS movement.

Two PositiveLite.com writers awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

It is my great pleasure to let you know that two of our writers, editor Bob Leahy and contributor Denise Becker, have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to work in the field of HIV/AIDS.   Both Denise and Bob write elsewhere on the site today about what receiving this award means to them. Here I want to outline some of the reasons Bob and Denise were chosen for this prestigious award.  Denise Becker, who lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, has been involved

Paralympics

published: October, 16, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter on people with disabilities as heroes: “Rarely is it that someone is portrayed as a full, complex human being, with strengths and weaknesses, and with a sexuality to boot.”

Paralympics

During my summer vacation, I spent a couple of days to spend in London, England. The Paralympics were still going on at that time, and there was an abundance of advertising for the games. Apparently there were some changes this year. Advertising was really ramped up and for the first time, tickets were being sold, not just given away. Perhaps you’ve seen the video advertising the games.  Take a look. Even if you’ve watched it before, ask yourself, “What does this say about people with

UNJUST SUPREME COURT RULING ON CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV

published: October, 05, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

COALITION OF HIV ADVOCATES SAY TODAY'S SUPREME COURT RULING ON CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV IS A MAJOR STEP BACKWARDS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS

UNJUST SUPREME COURT RULING ON CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV

October 5, 2012 — As a coalition of interveners, we are shocked and dismayed at today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that says that even the responsible use of a condom does not protect a person living with HIV from rampant prosecution. The Court’s judgments in R. v. Mabior and R. v. D.C., two cases relating to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, are a cold endorsement of AIDS-phobia. They will stand as an impediment to public health and prevention, and add even more fuel

Segregation or integration? It’s nature versus nurture all over again

published: October, 02, 2012 Categories // Youth, Current Affairs, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Dave R writes...the recent scheme to provide queer-centric education in Toronto is a bold but controversial project but it creates several dilemmas.

Segregation or integration? It’s nature versus nurture all over again

“...Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to my nation, Ball of confusion, Oh yeah, that's what the world is today...” The Temptations: Ball of Confusion 1970 You may have caught the recent CBC news clip, or read about it in Xtra where Fan Wu, a University of Toronto student who graduated from Douglas Collegiate in 2010, put forward the idea of a queer-centric school for Toronto. The idea being that you would be able to provide a sa

A note on the American election, and why it matters to you.

published: September, 20, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin: “for a gay man with HIV, this administration is both the most compassionate and most competent to serve since, well, ever.”

A note on the American election, and why it matters to you.

In a few weeks, Americans are going to the polls to determine the next occupant of the White House and, on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue, the composition of Congress. This election is of critical importance to us and to our friends around the world. Allow me to explain. It’s not just that Barack Obama is, in my considered opinion, the best President this country has had since at least Dwight Eisenhower. Or that something feels deeply right about a man of color sitting in Abraham Li

Waiting on the Supreme Court

published: September, 17, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

A decision is expected in the fall on two cases before the Supreme Court of Canada which is critical to the way in which accusations of non disclosure of HIV status will be handled in future.

Waiting on the Supreme Court

This report is adapted from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network publication  “Criminal prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure:  two cases before the Supreme Court of Canada”, which can be found here. The Supreme Court of Canada has heard two appeals about when people living with HIV may be convicted of a crime for not disclosing their HIV status to sexual partners. These appeals have been brought by the Attorneys General of Manitoba and Quebec; the two cases are being heard together. A de

Send a message about fairness

published: September, 15, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure wants you to take a stand against criminalization of non-disclosure by emailing Ontario’s Attorney General. Here’s how.

Send a message about fairness

A message from CLHE Hello, On behalf of the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE), we ask you (individuals and organizations) to tell John Gerretsen, Ontario’s Attorney General, to stop illegal and unjust criminal prosecutions against people living with HIV in Ontario, and to re-open the dialogue with the community. We are asking you to send Ontario’s Attorney General an email requesting that he immediately: 1) instruct Crown prosecutors to stop prosecuting peop

Gore Vidal: The Bitch Who Could Have Made President

published: September, 14, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Population Specific

Dave R writes..Gore Vidal’s recent death meant the loss of one of the great observers of American life. This was a privileged, gay man who punctured inflated egos for fun and whose writing and personality elevated him to the top levels of American culture

Gore Vidal: The Bitch Who Could Have Made President

"We are all bisexual to begin with. That is a fact of our condition. And we are all responsive to sexual stimuli from our own as well as from the opposite sex. Certain societies at certain times, usually in the interest of maintaining the baby supply, have discouraged homosexuality. Other societies, particularly militaristic ones, have exalted it. But regardless of tribal taboos, homosexuality is a constant fact of the human condition and it is not a sickness, not a sin, not a crime ... despit

Running out of cash

published: September, 07, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

PositiveLite.com has been following the fortunes of the Crescent, a UK AIDS Service Organization in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, denied funding by the local authorities. Crescent Head of Operations Iain Murtagh files a report on the latest developments.

Running out of cash

Following a long campaign to reinstate funding the Crescent finally ran out of money to pay our remaining staff at the end of August. Amazingly some have agreed to remain with us to keep the doors open for the members. We are doing this as volunteers for as long as we can, relying on donations to pay the basic operating costs -  gas water and electricity, etc. -   to keep the centre open. We are continuing to campaign against the decision to cut our funding last year without c

Relentlessly Speaking About Politics and Music….

published: September, 04, 2012 Categories // DJ Relentless, Current Affairs

Another blog by DJ Relentless:

Relentlessly Speaking About Politics and Music….

Over the years I have become more and more political. And with the US election approaching I am looking forward to the debates this year. Now…you are probably wondering why the guy who does music reviews is talking politics on his music column. Well, there have been some interesting developments in music during the month of August.  First, Mit Romney selected Paul Ryan as his running mate. Then Mr. Ryan started trying to appeal to the youth vote by talking about the music that he loves. Ry

Downtown Eastside

published: August, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A video report. The epi-centre of HIV in Vancouver, B.C is also a centre for innovation in diagnosis, treatment and provision of a range of other social services.

Downtown Eastside

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy says:  HIV work, it seems to me, is difficult without really knowing the neighbourhoods you serve, their social mores, their challenges, their success stories.  Same goes for our ability to discuss the work of others; it really helps to know and understand the environment. We in Eastern Canada often speak of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside without really knowing it well.  Here’s a piece which will help change that just a little. From the Treatment as Pr

Attack of the Chicken-eatin’ Hate Groups, Christians and Talibangelicals

published: August, 16, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on those who preache hate, their followers and the difference between the two.

Attack of the Chicken-eatin’ Hate Groups, Christians and Talibangelicals

If a rich company like Chick fil-A wants to throw it’s money away by subsidizing hate groups, more power to them. Some people just have too many dollars and not enough sense. Hate groups are never as huge as they profess to be. Look at the now defunct “One Million Moms”, their Facebook page only contained about 30 – 40,000 followers.  Note: I did say followers. Haters who attend the churches of hate, listen to the leaders spewing their hate, are nothing more than followers. When a ha

Now That the Torch is Out…

published: August, 16, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

Ken Monteith on the Olympics' winners, the losers – and the manly men.

Now That the Torch is Out…

How about a few more Olympic tidbits from my skewed perspective? I have a few notable performances and a big tongue-lashing for our broadcasting pals. Shall we begin?  First of all, do we really need an evil enemy in order to feel good about ourselves? Every time I turned around, there was talk of those nasty Chinese athletes, who must surely be doing something underhanded — so underhanded in fact that they have discovered undetectable ways of hiding their deceit! How dare a woman swim as

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