Current Affairs

Porn Today, Gone Tomorrow

published: March, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Movies, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

A Los Angeles city ordinance that requires the use of condoms on adult film shoots went into effect last week, but health advocates remain skeptical on how the law will be enforced.

Porn Today, Gone Tomorrow

Originally published in The Los Angeles Daily News, Susan Abram. The Los Angeles City Council approved the ordinance in January, after a ballot initiative by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation appeared to be heading to voters in a costly election. But the city still must settle the details of enforcing the ordinance, which would require adult productions to pay a fee to fund inspections and an enforcement program. "On a symbolic basis, it's extremely important that this ordinance was passed, but

The Unspeakable, Spoken

published: February, 28, 2012 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs

Controversial AIDS Action Now poster campaign gets sparks flying in Montreal

The Unspeakable, Spoken

It happened at the demonstration against HIV criminalization outside the Palais de Justice in Montréal the day before the recent Supreme Court of Canada hearing in R v Mabior and R v DC. Some people associated with local ASO AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM) were holding a couple of the posters from the recent AIDS Action Now! Poster campaign, namely the "Fuck Positive Women" poster and the "I Party / I Bareback / I'm Positive / I'm Responsible" poster. This last one was the spark for what

What’s in a name?

published: February, 02, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A lot - when it’s attached to an AIDS Service Organization. But is “AIDS” Service organization a misnomer in 2012? How many people with “AIDS” do they serve. And does that “AIDS” name drive potential clients away? Here’s one agency that says yes.

What’s in a name?

If you are an organization with AIDS in its name, there are probably a few reasons NOT to change one’s name,  No matter if that name relates to a disease scarcely anybody has in North America, or that name scares people away from  the services  that are offered by that “AIDS” service organization.  Life is complicated and so is delivering HIV-erlated services. Sometimes living with an anachronism is more attractive than responding to the changing times.  But it’s becoming increas

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

One Blood: Youth Linked in Action

published: January, 09, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Capturing the voices of youth in Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada, a powerful 20-minute documentary takes you into the hearts, minds, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV

One Blood: Youth Linked in Action

Youth in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada face many similar issues with respect to the risk of contracting HIV. An international project that linked youth from Jamaica and Ontario to address these issues resulted in a powerful 20-minute video documentary that takes you into the hearts, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV. You can see the video here. You can also read more about the issues facing these youth on the website of the Interagency Co

In case you missed it.

published: December, 15, 2011 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

A must see video. Hilary Clinton delivers a knock-out speech on LGBT human rights in honour of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the United Nations on December 6, about LGBT human rights in honour of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Her eloquent speech touched on the human rights of marginalized people all over the world, over the span of history, from the past to present.  It is a truly remarkable speech instilled in humanitarian values and the need to give a voice to the invisible LGBT people across the world who are fighting discrimination

HIV stigma is alive and well in Hershey, Pennsylvania

published: December, 08, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, News Categories, Youth, Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

The ghost of Ryan White. When a school denies admission to a 13-year old for having HIV, how can they possibly justify it? It’s 2011, after all. This is how. (Hear what Anderson Cooper has to say too.)

HIV stigma is alive and well in Hershey, Pennsylvania

The case has received a lot of attention. It’s unbelievable.  But in case you haven’t been following, here are the facts, as per Reuters.  A private boarding school connected with the Hershey chocolate company says it was trying to protect other students when it denied admission to a Philadelphia-area teenager because he is HIV-positive. The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit on behalf of the unidentified boy in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Wednesday, cla

Behind the Lines

published: December, 01, 2011 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Media

Our London correspondent Denis Robinson meets Andrew Jukes from UK book retailing chain Waterstone’s Gower Street store whose quiet activism is putting HIV - and the company he works for – on the map this Worlds AIDS Week.

Over the last few weeks I have been talking to people I consider heroes within the HIV community in London. It has truly been the most humbling experience. I have cried, I have laughed and I have realised that no matter what I do to raise awareness and try and break down walls, it will never be enough. You see, a hero is ultimately someone who selflessly tries to make life better for others. Yesterday I met with Andrew Jukes from Waterstones, Gower Street, (seen above) for the last of my "Her

Canadian AIDS Society: Cost of HIV is $1.3 million per person infected

published: November, 26, 2011 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

The Canadian AIDS Society has just released a report that indicates that the economic impact of 3,070 new HIV infections in Canada in 2009 has a lifetime cost of $4,031,500,000, approximately 22% higher than previously estimated.

Canadian AIDS Society: Cost of HIV is $1.3 million per person infected

Scroll down for why PositiveLite.Com thinks this is important. November 24th marks the beginning of Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and the release of this report – The Economic Cost of HIV/AIDS in Canada, written by JoAnn Kingston-Riechers, PhD, from the Institute of Health Economics and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Alberta – should serve as a sobering reminder of the impact of approximately 3,070 new HIV infections in Canada each year. The report f

Occupy Toronto Moves Out

published: November, 24, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was there as Occupy Toronto was cleared out of the park yesterday. The protestors went quietly, but says Bob, if the movement failed to deliver a coherent message, it was nevertheless the social justice story of the year

Occupy Toronto Moves Out

PositiveLite.com has taken a bit of interest in the Occupy Toronto story from the start.  We covered the queer angle and the Occupy the Rainbow TO contingent here and then I posted photos of the site a little while later here, when my mission was to track the rainbow people down in person (I failed.) . The arc of this news story though is compelling. Whatever your quibbles may be with the movement, and most would agree there were intrinsic problems with the protest from the start,as

An urgent call: click to support anti-criminalization measures

published: November, 19, 2011 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door

The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure again needs your help in convincing the Ontario Attorney General that prosecutorial guidelines are needed to reduce the number of HIV criminalization charges.

An urgent call: click to support anti-criminalization measures

Thank you for endorsing the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE) campaign urging Ontario’s Attorney General to develop prosecutorial guidelines for Crown prosecutors handling allegations of HIV non-disclosure. We now need your urgent help once again – please re-sign the guideline call today at www.ontarioaidsnetwork.on.ca/clhe. In December 2010, Chris Bentley, the former Attorney General, promised to develop guidelines. Since then, the Ministry of the Attorney Gen

White House announcement: Ellen DeGeneres named new global AIDS envoy

published: November, 09, 2011 Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door

Says DeGeneres “I’m honoured. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go look up what "envoy" means.”

White House announcement: Ellen DeGeneres named new global AIDS envoy

  This story first appeared on the Oval (Tracking the Obama Presidency) website November 8, 2011. The Obama administration has a new face for its effort to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS around the world: Ellen DeGeneres. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the surprise announcement Tuesday during a speech at the National Institute of Health. "Ellen is going to bring not only her sharp wit and her big heart, but her impressive TV audience and more than 8 million followers on Twitte

What Occupy Toronto looks like from the ground.

published: November, 08, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy drops in on the downtown Toronto park that is home to an encampment of two hundred tents and even more protesters, the home base for the Occupy Toronto movement and brings back this photo-post.

What Occupy Toronto  looks like from the ground.

Last week  I dropped in to Occupy Toronto.  I was on a mission – to speak to the queer collective there, one of whom, Jordan of Occupy The Rainbow TO, we featured in a quest posthere . I was curious to see how they were making out after several weeks spent camping out in the park next to St James Cathedral in downtown Toronto. Would they agree to an on-camera interview perhaps? It’s a lovely spot the Occupy TO folks have chosen to occupy, by the way, and one I know qui

Occupy Wall Street becomes Occupy Canada

published: October, 14, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

Even though I'm loving the concept, I question its portability to Canada. What do you think?

Occupy Wall Street becomes Occupy Canada

Tomorrow is the debut of theCanadian franchise of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Vancouver and Toronto. For those who are not familiar with the Occupy Wall Street movement, here are the Coles Notes.   It is a rally to reclaim Wall Street, home to 1% of America's wealth, and the scene of the last economic capital crime, the Great Recession. The financial sector appears to be so much in the pocket of government, it's hard to distinguish between bankers and politicians. This trend very much

Happy Canada Day Will & Kate!

published: July, 04, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Current Affairs, Events

Michael Burtch: I admit, I was curious to see our future head of state and his young bride in person, but since so were 300, 000 other Canadians, I settled for viewing Will and Kate on a large screen in front of the East Block of Parliament

The reflection of the sun blurred the finer details of Kate’s fashion choices on the jumbotron but  I thought her hat and matching red heels were fierce, even if the hat did look a bit like a condom. The cannons sounding, and the smoke blanketing the Hill, the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds doing 360’s as they flew overhead, and the presence of Harper, were all a tad terrifying, but admittedly entertaining. The same can be said of William’s speech (see bellow). Calling Afghanistan “

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