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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.

How I would put an end to HIV

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

Guest writer and activist Alex McClelland takes on the challenge presented by the question ”Endfing HIV by 2020 - Misssion Possible?”

How I would put an end to HIV

I was recently asked to present at the 20th CAHR Conference for the session "Ending HIV by 2020: Mission Possible?" along with Dr. Rupert Kaul, Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi ,Dr. Paty Daly and Dr. Michael O’Shaughnessy. The awesome folks at PositiveLite have asked me to turn my presentation into a blog post. So I have reworked my thoughts to present them here. I’m very happy to finally be posting on this site, as I read it all the time and love it! CAHR asked each presenter to present our thoughts on

Offerings To The Needle And My Search For Normalcy

published: July, 13, 2011 Categories // Mental Health, Guest Authors

Guest writer Ian Awesome from hivster.com in a compelling post about the power of crystal meth addiction and how he’s fighting it.

Offerings To The Needle And My Search For Normalcy

PositiveLIte says: This article first appeared in hivster.com, an "online Magazine for forward-thinking, hip/alternative men, women that are HIV+ and the people who love us.” From the hivster.com website: "hivster.com is an online magazine that strives to give voice to anyone living with or affected by HIV. We believe that living life to the fullest is essential to everyone, especially those who are HIV+. The disease is only part of one’s life and it’s important to remember the thin

Pride Toronto: Perfect Partners Match Makers & Patti Stanger's Quick Gay Dating Tip

published: July, 06, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Dating, Pride, Events, Features and Interviews, Guest Authors, Brian Finch

My travels down Church St lead me to Perfect Partners, and as a fan of the Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger, I had to stop by and ask a few questions.

Pride Toronto: Perfect Partners Match Makers & Patti Stanger's Quick Gay Dating Tip

My travels down Church St lead me to Perfect Partners, and as a fan of the Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger, I had to stop by and ask a few questions. If I were to be in the market and looking to meet someone I think I’d try their approach. But I’m not. Just when I had all but given up and pretty much figured I was on a journey for one in life, along came Miguel who surprised me in so many ways. This post however is not about me. Perfect Partners actually meets with clients, no fillin

Marching in Pride, AIDS Committee of Toronto & Toronto PWA Foundation Interviews

published: July, 05, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Pride, Events, Features and Interviews, Guest Authors, Brian Finch

What do wet t-shirts, ACT & PWA have in common? Pride!

Marching in Pride, AIDS Committee of Toronto & Toronto PWA Foundation Interviews

As with most people, I’m feeling the post-Pride fatigue from all the work leading up to, and from during the festivities. I hope everyone had a great time! Hanging out on the street wandering with my video camera looking for folks to talk to was a lot of fun. Despite the fact I lost my phone and didn’t notice this until Sunday morning, the time I needed it the most, we still managed to co-ordinate and get through the day. On the upside I got a new phone that is so much better than tha

Older HIV Drugs Accelerated Aging Effects in Muscle Cells

published: July, 04, 2011 Categories // Health, Guest Authors

Poz Magazine “People treated with some of the older versions of a class of HIV drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) were more likely to have signs of premature aging than people with HIV who weren’t treated with those drugs.

Older HIV Drugs Accelerated Aging Effects in Muscle Cells

The authors of this study, reported online June 26 in the journal Nature Genetics, claim that the cellular aging effects they found could help explain why some people with HIV are experiencing age-related diseases earlier than HIV-negative people.During the past decade, researchers have increasingly found that a host of diseases and conditions typically seen in the elderly are occurring in HIV-positive people at a younger age. These diseases, which range from cardiovascular disease to early bo

Pride Toronto 2011 Feature: Dianne Moore talks to PositiveLite.com about this year's Free Zone

published: June, 30, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Pride, Events, Features and Interviews, Guest Authors

Pride Toronto 2011: Free Zone, a substance-free place - oasis of calm and community, a gentle, loving and, yes, safe, green space.

Pride Toronto 2011 Feature: Dianne Moore talks to PositiveLite.com about this year's Free Zone

WE are talking to Dianne Moore, one of the organizers for the Pride Toronto 2011 substance free area called Free Zone. We here at Positivelite.com want to give a special thank you to Dianne for taking the time to share about the Free Zone during her very hectic schedule. Could you tell me about the Free Zone? Its history, why it was created, and finally where is it located?. Farzana Doctor, Rosemary Hardwick and Gord McNaughton are the three people who I regard as the founders of our Free

Guest Writer Denise Becker and the Power of Twitter

published: June, 30, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

"This year, I realized the full power of Twitter and learned how it can be used so effectively in campaigns for social justice."

Guest Writer Denise Becker and the Power of Twitter

The Canadian campaign for access to affordable medicine in developing countries struck a note with me.  In 1994, I found out that my six month old daughter and I were infected with HIV. It was a horrific discovery, as you can imagine, and the next three months were the worst in my life. I had to watch her slowly die with no medicine that would save her. The triple cocktail was two years away and the only medicine available was AZT. Her liver, already under heavy attack by the virus, was j

ACT Launching Campaign for gay men "Stronger Together - Keep It Up!'

published: June, 29, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Launches, Events, Health, Guest Authors

For 30 years our community has survived, thrived and been reslient. And we're still going strong.

ACT Launching Campaign for gay men

Announcement from the AIDS Committee of Toronto, June 29, 2011  t was in 1981 that reports of a strange, new disease affecting gay men first appeared in the news. In Toronto, it was the gay community that banded together to respond to HIV and AIDS, for it was gay men who were one of the first communities to be affected here. Over the past 30 years, HIV and AIDS has grown into a world wide epidemic affecting millions of men, women and children.Today, HIV affects many different communities

I hate Kraft dinner. Macaroni, cheese and me – we’re enemies.

published: June, 29, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

How Guest Writer Tim Walker went from Kraft dinners to quizzing HIVers about what they eat, and how you can get involved too.

I hate Kraft dinner. Macaroni, cheese and me – we’re enemies.

Coming from a poor family, macaroni and cheese was something I’ve been forced to eat for as long as I can remember. It’s all, a lot of the time, we could afford. These days, I won’t touch the stuff. I wasn’t born into an easy life. Our family was poor, I know Children’s Aid too well and ran to the streets at 15. During that time, I smoked crack to deal with a plethora of emotional issues, worked in the sex industry to make ends meet and stole bread from hotels when I was hungry. At 1

URGENT! Pride Flashmobs - Protest Threatened Cuts to Toronto's LGBTQ & HIV/Services

published: June, 28, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Events, Guest Authors

The Proud of Toronto campaign is organizing a number of street theatre "flash mobs" to take place over Pride weekend to raise awareness about the very real threat of cuts to LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS services

URGENT! Pride Flashmobs - Protest Threatened Cuts to Toronto's LGBTQ & HIV/Services

“URGENT REQUEST:  The Proud of Toronto campaign is organizing a number of street theatre "flash mobs" to take place over Pride weekend to raise awareness about the very real threat of cuts to LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS services. Many of you know that Mayor Ford has indicated that he believes that public funding for many of the services we care about are "gravy'" and we would like to engage and educate the public attending Pride this year about Ford's potential cuts to services, including HIV/

Women taking care of … everybody?

published: June, 28, 2011 Categories // Health, Guest Authors

What's so different for women? It's a question we hear a lot from people interested in learning about or partnering with Positive Women's Network

By Miriam Martin, Resource Coordinator, Positive Women's Network as a guest contributor.  What's so different for women? It's a question we hear a lot from people interested in learning about or partnering with Positive Women's Network. And there's a whole list of answers that any of us are happy to recite upon request (you can find them here on our website). They're not particularly mysterious, and definitely not meant to be divisive or to arouse sympathy ... they're just some addit

JADE ELEKTRA - PROUD MARY (10th Anniversary Edition)

published: June, 27, 2011 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Guest Authors

Jorial, our guest writer, takes a moment to commemorate the anniversary of Positivelite.com's DJ Relentless's alter ego Jade Elektra and the marking of a ten year anniversary

JADE ELEKTRA - PROUD MARY (10th Anniversary Edition)

Jorial, our guest writer, takes a moment to commemorate the anniversary of Positivelite.com's DJ Relentless's alter ego Jade Elektra and the marking of a ten year anniversary. Thursday, 23 June 2011 It's hard to believe an entire decade has passed since the Ballroom Bitch Bombshell of Avenue B Jade Elektra first unleashed her Proud Mary album upon the unsuspecting citizens of Gotham City, but it's true.  Containing no less than three of the greatest bitch track classics of all-time accord

LGBT Aging Conference: The Next Chapter, Guelph Ontario

published: June, 23, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Guest Authors, Brian Finch

The day started off with Gen Silent a film by Stu Maddux that documents the lives of our LGBT elders in assisted living and nursing home

LGBT Aging Conference: The Next Chapter, Guelph Ontario

Tom Hammond, the executive director of The AIDS Committee of Guelph & Wellington County, had watched the documentary Gen Silent during the Durham region’s equivalent conference last year. He was so moved by it, he embarked upon mobilizing his agency and community on the topic of LGBT aging. The day started off with Gen Silent, a film by Stu Maddux that documents the lives of our LGBT elders in assisted living and nursing homes. I was struck by how accurate the title was - the silent

From POZ on-line: Credit Scoring Company Turns Technology to Predicting Med Adherence

published: June, 23, 2011 Categories // Health, Guest Authors

Company will be offering its adherence rating services to health insurance companies “so that they can offer additional assistance to those who FICO predicts will have the most trouble”.

From POZ on-line: Credit Scoring Company Turns Technology to Predicting Med Adherence

PositiveLite says: this story appeared on POZ on-line June 22,2011. Are we naturally suspicious or is there a hidden agenda here? The health insurance industry is also a major player in paying and adjudicating disability benefits. They wouldn’t use an adherence prediction in their decisions on whether or not to provide disability benefits, would they? I mean they are our friends, aren’t they? Anyway, here’s the story. FICO, the credit scoring giant, says it is going to start using i

Latinos Positivos, "Dream Big: Removing the Mask!" -"Un seño en grande: ¡Quitarse la Máscara!"

published: June, 21, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Pride, Events, Guest Authors

Latinos Positivo's Kick off party - English Y Español!

 Latinos Positivos,

Photo: Ms. Ashanti Silmen, Miss Latinos Positivos 2011 - 2012 Miguel Cubillos, Latinos Positivos Steering Comittee member, shares with Positivelite.com what's up for 2011 Pride Toronto. For the second year in a row, Latinos Positivos, a group founded by Latinos and Latinas living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario, will be marching in the 2011 Pride Toronto parade on July 3rd as they take part take part in the official festivities. Toronto Pride’s theme this year is Dream Big, Latinos Positivos will

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