Guest Authors

Guest Authors
The Revolving Door is the place where we publish occasional articles by guest writers. If you would like to submit an article for publication, please contact editor Bob Leahy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From the front lines: notes from Occupy The Rainbow TO

published: October, 26, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Guest Authors

We feature Jordan B.G., from AIDS Action Now, blogging from St James Park in downtown Toronto, a poz/queer participant in the Occupy Toronto movement.

From the front lines: notes from Occupy The Rainbow TO

My initial reasons for going to St. James Park were in part motivated by how I have seen austerity measures, social service cuts and attacks on minorities come down from federal, provincial and municipal governments. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford cut’s agenda shook me enough to become aware of how corporate interests of the 1% could easily vilify marginalized groups as an excuse to make cuts and further wealth accumulation to create a widening gulf between those with and those without. Specifically

A week of bombshells

published: October, 19, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Part Three of Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of his first year of living with HIV in Japan. In this part, Brian talk about post-diagnosis bad news both at work and from his doctor and the ‘rents going MIA

A week of bombshells

The day after going to the new hospital, I was feeling better knowing the care I was going to get and that I was in good hands. However it was back to work as usual. I was still dealing with a lot of emotions and questions about being newly diagnosed with HIV. "What would it mean if my CD4 count was under 200? What will my counsellor be like? Will there be side effects from my HIV meds? And what the hell was the Viral Load about again?" Even though I was handed much information, I found it a l

Raising Brad

published: October, 18, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Guest writer Brad Crelia had a troubled childhood. In this piece his father, Matt Spaur, writes about what it was like to raise a gay boy, a hell-raiser who went on to become an AIDS activist.

Raising Brad

This Article first appeared on hivster.com July 27, 2011. Brad Crelia is the Editor/Publisher of Hivster.com. Check out their site here. Brad Crelia says: Many thanks to my Dad, Matt Spaur for writing this piece for Hivster. I love you and am truly grateful for all you’ve done for me and did for mom. I was a bitch to deal with, sorry for those years of hell. Brad’s father: Raising a gay kid didn’t bother Connye (below, right), but as Brad’s mother she dreaded the difficulties her son

When money issues threaten to shut down agencies

published: October, 13, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest writer Iain Murtagh is seeing his agency – the Crescent, in Hertfordshire, England – squeezed out as funding cuts lead to unwanted mergers. Where will his clients go?

When money issues threaten to shut down agencies

The Herts Advertizer.  July 2, 2011: The HIV clinic threatened with closure after losing the majority of its funding has vowed to stay open after committed staff pledged to remain with the St Albans centre.The Crescent lost most of its funding from the county council when a decision was made to offer a single county-wide service which was awarded to HertsAid, whose headquarters are in Ware. The Crescent, which provides those living with HIV and their families with support and advice, was shoc

Made in America, Living in Japan.

published: October, 10, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Part Two of Brian the Shockusucker’s tale of his first year of living with HIV far away from home. In this part, Brian breaks the news to his parents and meets his new care team.

Made in America, Living in Japan.

An American living in Japan, guest writer Brian “The Shochusucker” was diagnozed with HIV in September 2010. On the one-year anniversary of his diagnosis, and in the first part of a continuing series, he wrote about finding out he was positive. Part one is here. After getting the news of my diagnoses, I went to meet a friend who was wondering about the test results. She assured me it was probably something else, knowing as she did my history and lack of sexual encounters. So she was a bit

My first year living with HIV

published: October, 03, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

An American living in Japan, guest writer Brian “The Shochusucker” was diagnozed with HIV in September 2010. On the one-year anniversary of his diagnosis, and in the first part of a continuing series, he writes about finding out he was positive.

My first year living with HIV

I'm just your everyday guy, I'd like to think. A lot of my friends think of me as funny, honest, a child-like spirit. I'm an American guy who has been living in Japan for the past sixteen years of my young life. And living life to the fullest! Approaching the first anniversary of being diagnosed with HIV,(it was September 28, 2010) I’ve started to reflect and take stock of this new chapter of my life. Even though a year has gone by, the events of this last year are still as fresh in my mind

Crown proposes removing “significant risk” from the criminalization equation to “clarify” when to disclose.

published: October, 01, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Sure it simplifies things, say AIDS activist. But there are horrible consequences for people living with HIV who would need to disclose in every sexual encounter, whatever the risk, or face prosecution.

Crown proposes removing “significant risk” from the criminalization equation to “clarify” when to disclose.

Editor's note ; PositiveLite is republishing this Xtra article from September 15; it strikes us as hugely important but has yet to receive the attention or public discussion it deserves. Odd. Up date October 1, 2011:  The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network advisies PositiveLite "we're challenging Crown's position and will be arguing strenuously against it before the Supreme Court of Canada  if our coalition gets to intervene."  What do you think?  ************************

Monkey see, monkey do?

published: September, 27, 2011 Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Does showing barebacking porn in bath houses send the wrong message and lead to the men in towels taking more risks? Leatherboy iain is concerned it will.

Monkey see, monkey do?

In the 15 years I've been out as a gay man, I have spent a lot of time in bath houses - from Montreal, to Houston, to Auckland, to Luton. I try to do my best to support baths as I consider them a bit of a dying breed, especially here in Toronto where we've lost three in the past seven years. (Although one was re-purposed as a swingers club - a score for sex-positive spaces in this city.) I have spent a lot of time at the remaining bath houses in Toronto - one is where I go for an evening Bear

Scotiabank AIDS Walk For Life Interview: Village Pharmacy

published: September, 21, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // AIDS Walk for Life, Events, Guest Authors, Brian Finch

Brian Finch chats with Village Pharmacy owner about his suppot of the AIDS Walk For Life 2011.

Scotiabank AIDS Walk For Life Interview: Village Pharmacy

If you would like to sponsor Zahid, and the Village Pharmacy to reach their goal of $550 (only fifty dollars away) you can do so by following this link. To find out more information on the Scotiabank AIDS Walk For Life and where and when it will be held in your region then check out their website. 

Nineteen years

published: September, 21, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Guest contributor support worker Chris Campbell looks back on the grief, challenges and rewards of a career in an AIDS Service Organization spanning nineteen years; nineteen years of helping people living - and sometimes dying - with HIV.

Nineteen years

Like so many others, I came to work at an AIDS Service Organization because I had a personal connection to HIV. Love can make you do unexpected things. I came to work at PARN because of my love for one person. I think it’s important that you have this background before I begin my writings about support work. Think of it as the “behind the scenes” story. It may not be obvious in the erratic pulse of my everyday work, but it’s this love that is always sitting there within me as my guide

Old School Activism: Die-in at TO CIty Hall

published: September, 20, 2011 Categories // Activism, Events, Guest Authors, Brian Finch

Die-in at Toronto City Hall this Friday 23rd. Get the details here.

Old School Activism:  Die-in at TO CIty Hall

Attached is the flyer for Friday's die-in. Please make copies and distribute to your networks and in your organizations. This event needs your participateion. Details are below, action is organized by AIDS Action Now. To keep up to date with AIDS Action Now please visit their website.

A Kiss on the Cheek, A Tickle on the Back: A Hivster Interview with Edmund White

published: September, 15, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Three HIV+ men share a unique afternoon together in New York City, one of them being Edmund White.

A Kiss on the Cheek, A Tickle on the Back: A Hivster Interview with Edmund White

PositiveLite says. This interview first appeared on hivster.com here. We're grateful to hivster.com and Brad Crelia in particular for sharing it. We’ve highlighted the work of hivster.com before. The site shares similar sensibilities to ours and I’ve referred to it before as PositiveLite’s hipper twin.    The Edmund White interview is, I think you’ll agree, so special that we were almost hesitant to ask Brad if he would share it. White is, afte all, one of the most influ

Dating with HIV: My Experience and Thoughts

published: September, 14, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

Guest contributor Kevin Maloney who blogs on Rise up to HIV let us have this poignant post. “Why am I having such difficulty meeting people”, he asks. “But as alone as I feel with my diagnosis; I hold out hope”.

Dating with HIV: My Experience and Thoughts

I am now 18 months post my dual diagnosis of HIV and hepatitis C, and nine months post successful hepatitis C treatment. I thought it was time to meet someone; no, not just for sex, but for something more. You see since my dual diagnosis I have felt completely asexual, and I'll admit, feeling a bit "tainted" too. Even HIV+ guys are hesitant to meet me when I tell them I also "had" hepatitis C. So, wonderful, where does that put me in the dating scene? Someone would really have to be desperate

GPS: Charting new directions for gay men’s sexual health

published: September, 03, 2011 Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

GPS stands for Gay Poz Sex. In this interview with Bob Leahy, Rick Julien explains what GPS is, and why it’s looking for a few good men to help them find their own way to improving their sex lives.

GPS: Charting new directions for gay men’s sexual health

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Access Denied

published: August, 29, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Strong words from our LA friend on problems Black and Latino HIVers in the US have in accessing testing and other HIV services in their own communities. “Show me the clinics in the areas they are most needed” says Kengi.

Access Denied

When all is said and done, it will always come down to access. And let’s face it, when it comes to access to HIV testing and care for populations of color (Black and Latino) there's really no such thing. We've all seen the numbers and at every single HIV update, medical update, HIV conference and every single article written about HIV as it pertains to populations of color, things are always the same. Same numbers, same words used, only with different pictures and fancy word spins to make it

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