Gay Men

Gay for Pay. Straight or gay - does it matter?

published: March, 13, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Population Specific

Devan Nambiar says "Dakota Cochrane is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champion who disclosed his controversial past before venturing into the fight for Ultimate Fight Club (UFC). His “controversial” past was a brief stint in gay porn."

Dakota Cochrane  was a favourite of the Sean Cody gay porn studio, performing under the stage name of "Danny". Cody’s porn mostly features straight men who act ‘gay for pay.’  I looked up Danny. He is adorable, sexy, a sculptured body, butt and dick.  Totally yummy!  As I looked up Danny’s performance at Cody’s site,  I had to keep my own biases in check.  Is he really straight?   What is so controversial about porn? It is a multi-billion dollar industry. Many people of all

My Desire to Educate

published: March, 13, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Our new writer, John Henry Rombough-Davie shares a speech written for his Speakers Bureau. one which tells his story and his views about living with HIV.

I’d like to share with you all my speech that I presented just a couple of days ago, for a facilitator's training exam, you might call it.  This was through the local AIDS organization, to test how prepared I am now to go out on my own, and speak in public about living with HIV.  i realize some of the dialogue has already been voiced, however, i hope you’ll enjoy it nonetheless. *************************** Good afternoon everyone:   I’m here today representing both myself and our l

I didn’t know anyone HIV-positive: My HIV story

published: March, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Less than two months ago, Josh Robbins, a safer-sex poster boy, filmed himself getting the news that he’d tested HIV-positive. Here’s his story.

I didn’t know anyone HIV-positive: My HIV story

I didn’t know one person who was HIV-positive before I walked down that long hallway to get the results of my recent-exposure HIV test. I didn’t know one person who was HIV-positive before I made a decision, on December 18, 2011, to have unprotected sex, based on my assumptions about someone’s character instead of my knowledge of their status. But everything changed for me on January 24, 2012. On that day, the answer I have given for my entire life - that I’m negative - changed. Hello

Twitterpation

published: March, 12, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

“Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: You're walking along, minding your own business. You're looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden you run smack into a pretty face.”

Twitterpation

I was still on Cloud  9 for days after my first date with Martin, the South African. Unfortunately for me, Martin, who was in the process of getting his MFA in creative writing, had absolutely no free time. And to make it worse, the following weekend he was going on trip to DC, then had houseguests, and was then taking a long weekend trip to Montreal to visit his sister. Needless to say, we were hard pressed to find any time to hangout. Thankfully, he was able to shuffle things around in his

The Laramie Project – 10 Years Later

published: March, 11, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Population Specific

A new blogger from Kitchener, Ontario, John Henry Rombough-Davie , shares his experiences acting in the play which recounts and updates the Matthew Shepard story.

The Laramie Project – 10 Years Later

Greetings Everyone, Let me introduce myself as "The Dreamer…" I found the name fitting, simply because I suppose a perfect existence for myself and others is ultimately what I seek in life. There’s no chance of that I know, but keep on dreaming, I tell myself. "Is the love I gave her in the past / going to be enough to last / If Tomorrow Never Comes”…Garth Brooks. I sing this song a lot at karaoke. I’m a male resident of Kitchener, Ontario having moved here from my hometown London

Loneliness

published: March, 09, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says “ I'm dealing with it and I'm continuing to make more friends.”

Loneliness

Last year I took this workshop. We were asked to give five words that describe what living with HIV felt like. We were split up into several groups of three or four people to discuss what our words meant to us. To complete the exercise we each presented to the larger crowd what we had come up with and it was amazing to see that every group came to the same conclusion. The results of the exercise came down to seven different words that meant the same thing - loneliness. Well, like many things,

Five Years Going Strong

published: March, 08, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

A refection from Danny Miller on the time since he was diagnosed HIV-positive five years ago – and the positive changes which have resulted.

If you ask them, most people living with HIV can tell you the exact date that they found out that they were diagnosed HIV-positive. Most of them can even tell you what day of the week it was. Hell, I have one friend who recently told me that not only does he remember the exact date, and day of the week, but he remembers what time it was. And after all why shouldn't we remember these things. The day we all find out we are HIV positive is the start of a whole new life for us, a second birthday i

Old School

published: March, 06, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Last time, I wrote about the Montréal fallout from an AIDS Action Now! Poster in a relatively objective way, recounting the events with a few congratulations thrown in for good measure. This time, I'd like to explore the issue on a personal level.

Old School

Call me Old School. But Old School with some curriculum updates and nuances, not some kind of 3Rs situation (not that Reading, Arithmetic and Writing spells anything other than RAW, but I digress). I said this at the ACCM meeting I wrote about last time and I'll say it here: the first time I saw the "I Party / I Bareback / I'm Positive / I'm Responsible" poster, long before the anti-criminalization demonstration, I found it very personally confronting. I'm a gay man of a certain age, as we sa

Coming out, Take Two

published: March, 04, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Bouldin

Our new writer Michael Bouldin :"To my complete astonishment, after that positive test result, I found myself in a new closet, and guess what: it works just like the other one."

Coming out, Take Two

New York City, March 5, 2012 Hey there, PositiveLite readers. Hope your day is going well. Mine certainly is, and if you don’t terribly mind, I’d like to tell you why that is so, and how I came to write here. Many thanks, of course, to Bob Leahy, who’s given me the chance to do so, which is, you know, exciting. He’s also asked me to introduce myself, which seems only polite, so here goes. First, the basics. My name is Michael Bouldin, I’m a gay man living in New York City, forty-

True Love

published: March, 02, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Danny’s been sick but his true love came through it all with shining colours . .

With Valentine's Day behind us, and everyone given proof that they are loved with flowers, chocolates, and obnoxiously cute stuffed animals that either make a kissing sound or one of a thousand other nauseatingly cutesie other “I love You” phrases, let’s not forget the ever popular sexy underwear and jewelery. Bullocks to  it all, I say. I would like, if I may, to tell you how my wonderful boyfriend of three years, Glenn, showed me the extent of if his love for me this Valentine's seaso

A Hunchback in the Clouds

published: February, 28, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

They say that spring is the time for love. It’s rapidly approaching and I have been frustrated with my dating landscape, so I decided to have a little fun on OkCupid.

A Hunchback in the Clouds

For those out there that don't utilize that site, your profile is basically a collection of the most generic questions possible to describe yourself to a prospective date. These questions include: What Am I Doing With My Life (Seriously? This question sounds like it comes from a disappointed parent.), I’m Really Good At (If you have some spare time, you should read people's responses, they are hilarious!), and the list goes on from there. Having no recent luck with the site and on-set of spr

Health is Freedom

published: February, 27, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. –Leonard Cohen

Health is Freedom

One hundred years before the onslaught of AIDS, James Kent, a brilliant philosopher and homeopathic doctor, defined health as freedom. Now that HIV stigma has been institutionalized to the point of criminalization, Poz people are under attack by our own judicial system for not disclosing our status with sexual partners. To be healthy one needs to burn fever bright to fight off the oppressor within and without. To be healthy we need to fight for our mutual rights to be free. From a psychologic

A strength-based approach to gay men’s health

published: February, 26, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks to Duncan MacLachlan of the AIDS Committee of Toronto about risk and resilience in gay men’s lives.

A strength-based approach to gay men’s health

There’s a new approach that’s taking place in HIV prevention and support programs, particularly those focused on gay men, that’s based on supporting us in maintaining good health, particularly good sexual health, by emphasizing our strengths and resilience rather than focusing on risk behaviours and pathologizing our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Here on PositiveLite.Com, we’ve featured several programs that utilize this new approach: It’s Hottest at the Start; The Sex You Want;

Living with Hep C

published: February, 24, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Hep B and C, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S King has been there. But he says “The good news, thank God, is that the treatment plan worked, and I cleared hepatitis C from my body. There has been no recurrence. “

Living with Hep C

The image in my mind has never left me, even after many years of trying, of applying layers of wallpaper to that corner of my mind. I am in someone’s bedroom — it could have been anyone, really — and I am offered a syringe to inject crystal meth. The syringe has been used. I take it. I consider the consequences for a brief moment, but I am cavalier. And very, very high. I use the syringe. It wasn’t the threat of HIV that gave me pause. It was hepatitis C, which I knew was serious… a

Justin Speaks Out

published: February, 23, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

My name is Justin B Terry-Smith, I'm a Black Gay man living in Laurel, Maryland and I am HIV+. I've decided to share my story because I feel it's important that people who have unprotected sex know what they might be getting themselves into.

Justin Speaks Out

Justin B Terry-Smith, Author, Advice Columnist, Award Winning Activist & Video Blogger has been infected with HIV since 2005.  Diagnosed in 2006, he has made his mission to educate others about HIV and to make sure the community and the world are aware of the disease.  Since 1999 he has been an activist for Gay rights and in 2004 began HIV activism.  He’s garnered recognition and awards for his work, but he’s more concerned about looking for new ways to transform society for the bet

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