Gay Men

Adventures in On-line Dating

published: August, 10, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Sex and Sexuality , Philip Minaker

A beginner’s guide from Philip Minaker – and the start of a developing story.

Adventures in On-line Dating

Tired of looking for love in all the wrong places? Perhaps the inroads we have made in gaining equal rights as a group have hampered our abilities as individuals to find romance. The bars, clubs and other services that are the pillars of our gay communities in the more populace cities have become cliché. We no longer feel the desire to haunt these areas or premises, as many of us have infiltrated other neighborhoods both as residents and as proprietors. The gay “villages” have not moved f

Hemaphobia

published: August, 08, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Health

Ken Monteith reports on a Quebec campaign addressing the Canadian lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. But Ken is wondering just how discriminatory is that ban? Like what benefits are we missing out on?

Hemaphobia

How do you feel about the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood? One young man in Montréal has mounted a campaign against this ban, which he sees as discriminatory, and the campaign is cheeky, clever, and quite well done. First the background (the short version). Thirty years ago, as we were just learning about HIV, it got into the blood supply, resulting in many infections of people receiving transfusions and other blood products, many billions of dollars in compensation and the removal of th

Mason Wyler Gives Good Face: The ONLY Poz guy in the Gay Porn Village

published: July, 19, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Poz porn star Mason Wyler has announced his retirement from porn, but he has one fan who’d hate to see him go.

Mason Wyler has quickly become one of my favourite, openly HIV+ porn stars. When he writes “I don’t need someone to talk too, I need someone to fuck me” on his blog or summons up the complexities of HIV by succinctly stating “it sucks”,  I totally get where he’s coming from and toast his post-AIDS sensibility. I love that he challenges sex-negative, HIV-phobic attitudes with simple, flowery prose like “Now can I please get off of this damn hospital bed/burning at the stake,

New musical takes no prisoners in exploring the realities of Living with HIV in 2011

published: July, 08, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews Christopher Wilson's powerful new play Living with Henry at the Toronto Fringe Festival this week and says “Go see it”

New musical takes no prisoners in exploring the realities of Living with HIV in 2011

Living with Henry, the new musical about living with HIV (yes, you read that right) that opened last night at Toronto’s George Ignatieff Theatre has one of the boldest, cleverest and most well executed theatrical devices I've seen in years.  The clue is in the show's title.  Henry is in fact HIV. Introduced early on as the"roommate” of Michael, the protagonist of this piece, his role as the virus itself is not only a key one, but is played perfectly by Dale Miller, whose bra

Ex-gays and conversion therapy: does it work?

published: June, 23, 2011 Categories // Gay Men

Just in time for Pride for those who want to sit this one out, Brian Safi looks at those wacky organzations who can turn a gay man straight – well, sort of straight. Or not.

Ex-gays and conversion therapy: does it work?

The idea seems ludicrous to most of us, but I know of at least two perfectly sane, well-informed gay men going through this. Unsuccessfully, of course. Brian Safi of That’s Gay ( Infomania) is good at debunking myths surrounding the LGBT community, if conversion therapy even warrants being considered a myth. Certainly Exodus International, the most famous name in conversion therapy, doesn’t think so, scarily billing themselves as “the world’s largest ministry to individuals and fa

Heroes Week: Can I blame gay culture for my drug addiction, please?

published: June, 04, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Mark S. King

Mark S King: after a lifetime of sporadic, recreational drug use, I became a full-blown crystal meth addict ten years ago, and then eventually got clean and sober in January of 2009. But why would I, or anyone as engaged in life as I was . .

Heroes Week: Can I blame gay culture for my drug addiction, please?

 . . . . morph in to a drug addict? It seemed an unlikely turn of events for a gay advocate and outspoken community leader living with HIV. Was my drug addiction some sort of post-traumatic stress from the AIDS horror show of the 1980’s? Maybe it pre-dated AIDS, and resulted from the stress and shame of growing up gay. It’s easy to understand why anyone who came of age believing they were perverted (and going straight to hell) might need a stiff drink. Research indicates that gay men

Build Our Bank 3 A Success In The Gaybourhood

published: May, 24, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Events, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Michael Burtch reports from Ottawa: “Last week I helped flier and prep for the 3rd annual Build Our Bank, a fundraiser for the Village Initiative . . . “

The event helps fund the campaign to create a safer space on Bank Street (Ottawa) by paying note of the area’s queer history. Regrettably I could not attend the wildly popular event at Café Paradiso because of  work and missed the live auctions, the EgoMen as guest servers, Karen Oxorn, DJ Ashley Gauthier, and others who were booked to entertain that night. If you too were unable to attend, but wish to support the Village Initiative, visit them at www.villageottawa.com to donate or lea

The No Pant’s Dance

published: May, 21, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Events, Events, Population Specific

PositiveLite’s Michael Butch sent us this announcement for the AIDS Committee of Ottawa’s “No Pants No Problem” Party.

The No Pant’s Dance

Based on Toronto’s Jessica Whitbread’s ‘No Pants, No Problem’ party, the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is throwing the ‘No Pants Dance’ on Saturday, May the 28th at Gallery 101 (301 ½ Bank Street) with DJ Skid Vicious! The sex-positive, anti-body fascist, queer, safer sex celebration aims to engage party-goers in a dialogue towards discussing anal and testicular/cervical cancer and health, HPV, and HIV in a holistic health model. ACO outreach workers and volunteers will also be on hand

Sex while HIV Positive: The New Criminals

published: May, 12, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Legal, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S King on Non-disclosure of HIV and the Law: a US Perspective

Sex while HIV Positive: The New Criminals

As you and I relax here surfing the internet, an HIV positive man is sitting in a Texas prison, serving a 25-years sentence for spitting on someone. In Michigan, an HIV positive man was charged for not disclosing his status under a bio-terrorism statute. And just weeks ago Nadja Benaissa, an HIV positive German pop star barely escaped prison when a judge gave her a suspended sentence for not disclosing to her sexual partners. This is an emotional issue that carries some baggage. Many of u

In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!

published: March, 23, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S King says : In the anxious world of sexuality and HIV risk, we could all use a little love and support. So, in the spirit of everyone getting the attention they deserve, allow me a moment to throw a party for HIV negative gay men.

In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!

HIV negative gay men hear a lot about what they should be doing (or not doing), but rarely about what they are doing well. They have had to plod along, making the best choices they could to remain negative, fearing every blood test, and often watching friends become infected with HIV. Clearly, HIV positive people are subjected to daily stigmatization and prejudice, from the workplace to the dating pool. But this isn’t a contest. Considering this blog site is devoted to living joyfully with H

DEBI does Montréal

published: March, 09, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Research

Ken Monteith reports that AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM) has embarked on an innovative strategy to encourage HIV testing among gay men. It's called the ATOMc Project.

DEBI does Montréal

The ATOMcproject trains volunteers in techniques to recruit gay men from their social circles to encourage them to be tested, and the project is currently recruiting volunteers. (I’ll explain DEBI later on.) Allow me to let the project’s promotional video explain the project: (see first video below).  There is general recognition in the HIV movement that knowing one’s status is key to maintaining one’s own health and in raising awareness to prevent transmission to others. The prob

After dark: touring a sex club for positive gay men

published: March, 04, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

The always provocative Mark S King turns up the heat and turns the spotlight on sex clubs, serosorting and sensuality.

After dark: touring a sex club for positive gay men

The idea that HIV positive people still want sex is as old as The Denver Principles, the 1983 manifesto drawn up by gay men with AIDS that demanded “as full and satisfying a sexual and emotional life as anyone else.” The document also stated that people with HIV/AIDS have an ethical responsibility to share their status with others. Fast forward to today, and HIV positive gay men are as open as ever about their status and their sexual preferences (setting aside, if we can for the moment, th

Gay Style Idols of 2010 Part Three - The final ten

published: January, 25, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

The Final Top Ten for gay style icons of 2010!!

Gay Style Idols of 2010 Part Three - The final ten

10 Alan Ball is an American writer, director, producer and actor for film, theatre and television that may not be that familiar to you but his work will ring bells. He has received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for “American Beauty” and an Emmy for “Six Feet Under”. His current dramatic series for HBO, “True Blood” has also earned him numerous awards, nominations and a growing following. His support of the LGBT community is also impressive.   9 Jane Lynch is a gifted Americ

The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols Of 2010- Part Two

published: January, 17, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker's top 20 pick - part two - of his next five gay style icons.

 The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols Of 2010- Part Two

15 Jean Paul Gaultier   Twenty-five years later this “enfant terrible” of French fashion continues to march to the beat of his own drummer. His genius has created a devoted following and continues to rock convention with his many signature collections…not too mention those awesome fragrances. His unique talents also revived the house of Hermes. He is the only French designer to currently have an Haute Couture Collection.       14 Wanda Sykes    Fearless and un

The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols Of 2010- Part One

published: December, 30, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Though the word “idol” is often over used these days there are a select few that do merit intense admiration.

The Top Twenty Gay Style Idols Of 2010- Part One

Though the word “idol” is often over used these days there are a select few that do merit intense admiration. Worthy individuals that truly shine, as beacons of light illuminating the rest of us are indeed a rare find. Their efforts create the foundations from which we can build on for years to come. As we turn another page in the history books, let’s recognize those gay men and women that have truly made a lasting impression in 2010.     20 Ricky Martin  This Puerto Rican singer/

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