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UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

published: February, 20, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Women, Revolving Door, International , Music, Guest Authors, Population Specific

The L-Project has brought together the UK's most talented lesbian artists to record and release a single 'It Does Get Better' which helps raise awareness and money for charities which work to prevent LGBT bullying among young people.

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

The Song 'It Does Get Better', written by Georgey Payne (below right) , is set to be a positive message to anyone who experiences the struggles that can come with being different. Georgey herself was moved to action by the experiences of a young gay friend: "I noticed one night he was worried about going home after working an evening, and when I asked him what was wrong he told me he was being bullied at school. I then listened while he explained everything that had been happening, and just r

What happens when an AIDS Service Organization gets its funding cut? Part Two

published: February, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Sexual Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

An update from Iain Murtagh of The Crescent, a Hertfordshire UK based AIDS Service agency that has scrambled to find alternative funding and maintain services following redirection of funding by local health authorities.

What happens when an AIDS Service Organization gets its funding cut? Part Two

Editors note.  The first post from Iain Murtagh back in October 2011 describing the predicament of The Crescent and its clients had been placed in was a bit of a social media sensation.  You can read it here.  We recently asked Ian for an update, and this is what he gave us. Iain Murtagh: Following our last article in October we have been very busy indeed! Demand for our services has increased as it became more apparent that the supposed replacement service could not meet the needs of se

Tasting Toronto

published: January, 31, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Scott Foley in Part Nine of his story of an HIV-positive immigrant from the Caribbean seeking refugee status in Canada, where he visits Toronto and decides he’d like to stay

Part Eight found Scott back home in the Caribbean.  You can read that episode here.  Since I was newly single and ‘going to die soon’ and my co-workers were sure that I was gay, I decided to party hard and have a good time. There was one gay bar that wasn’t publicly gay and in a somewhat hidden venue. I went a couple times and soon found out that it wasn’t for me. It was shut down one time by police officers while I was there and they requested to see the ID cards of all the

Tears for Fears

published: January, 26, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Part 8 of Brian the Shochusucker’s story of being diagnosed with HIV while living in Japan.” I'm reminded of all the highs and lows. The lows are not easy to talk about.”

Tears for Fears

You can read part seven of the story of my first year living with HIV seven  here. In order to be honest with you, I need to be true to all that I went through in that first year. In this next part I share more about my weaknesses and low points and how I overcame them and grew from them. I never intended to sound like that guy who got HIV and just sailed through the experience like a trooper. That wouldn't be the whole story and that wouldn't be fair to you or myself.  I feel the n

Back home

published: January, 20, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

His path to Canada and application for refugee status has been a difficult one. In Part 8 of his story, Scott Foley has decided to leave New York City and go back to his Caribbean home, despite the hardships he encountered there before.

In part 7 of Scott’s story, which you can read here, he describes his coping methods for dealing with his HIV diagnosis. He decides to leave New York, returning to his family home in his country. To return home was to return to all that I was running from. I was at war with myself yet again. In addition to all that was happening, like my new diagnosis and the strain this decision placed on my relationship with Joe, I now had to put my own needs on the back burner and focus on the needs

A letter from the Philippines

published: January, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Call me KyleR11 of the Philippines, I have been in this battle since September of 2011. Here is my story.

A letter from the Philippines

I was on vacation, living comfortably with my sister abroad. We hung out together, went to the mall, ate in fine restaurants and hotels, went shopping, even flying to other Asian countries. Those were the happiest moment in my life, my first time living like a rich boy. Everything was complete. I knew that by September I would be working in that country, at a job in the most prestigious hotel in S.E Asia. I had signed a contract; I'd be earning as much as ten times what the Philippines would o

Undecided in New York

published: January, 09, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Scott Foley is an immigrant from the Caribbean applying for refugee status in Canada. In part seven of his story, Scott is still processing his then recent HIV diagnosis and wondering where to go next.

  In part 6 of Scott’s story which you can read here, he spoke of his journey to New York City to be tested for HIV due to fear of further discrimination in his country and his positive test results. Scott: Facing the truth is hard. But for me, facing a truth like being HIV-positive was like facing a death sentence. I didn’t know what to do or how to feel. So many emotions ran through me. I felt angry at myself for allowing this to happen and for not heeding my grandmother’s

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

Odd Condom Campaign targets Catholic Church

published: January, 02, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Sexual Health, Health, International , Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We don’t quite know what to make of this German HIV prevention campaign, which tries to drown the virgin mary in a sea of tears, in the hope of changing Catholic doctrine against the use of condoms

Odd  Condom Campaign targets Catholic Church

Thank God – Condoms Protect is a project of Jugend gegen AIDS from Germany. It sure is odd. One can't help but agree with the sentiments expressed in the video below, but their chances of achieving the desired effect  - getting the pope to change his mind on condoms because of a Facebook campaign - strike me as very slim indeed. Nice try though. From their Facbook page (translated from German) Youth against AIDS is involved in the fight against HIV / AIDS and is designed entirel

Australia hits a bulls-eye with raunchy HIV drama grounded in reality

published: January, 01, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A NSFW soap featuring four horny house-mates in real-life situations delivers subtle HIV prevention and sexual health messaging. Does it entertain? More importantly, does it work? We say YES to both.

Australia hits a bulls-eye with raunchy HIV drama grounded in reality

From the Sydney Morning Herald   "HIV drama stays grounded in reality. Deadly serious ... Queer as F**k. At first, the war on HIV was fought with fear: ''grim reaper'' commercials, stern pamphlets and alarming TV reports. But 25 years on, authorities are using very different weapons, including Facebook, stand-up comedians and an Oscar-winning actor, to tackle the epidemic. The result is an educational web drama called Queer as F--k, featuring Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush and come

Scott gets the news he didn’t want to hear

published: December, 29, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

In part Six of Scott Foley’s tale of his journey to Canada and his application for refugees status, he tells how he came to be tested for HIV – and the results..

In part 5 of Scott’s story, which you can read here, he speaks of his life after leaving his family home. He describes how his family’s reach got him booted from his safe house and how he came to live with his boyfriend Joe. Living in secrecy and fear, he quits his job and loses a friend to HIV. It didn’t take me long to find a new job. It was in the north of the country and though it meant that I’d have to leave at ungodly hours again to get there on time, I had peace of mind. I

Away from home at last

published: December, 15, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Scott Foley has finally left home and a family unable to accept that’s he’s gay. In Part five of the story of his immigration to Canada and application for refugee status, he’s found a friend, but the living isn’t easy.

In part 4 of Scott’s story, which you can read here, he tells of how he’s finally allowed to leave home. He’s followed and threatened by his grandmother for leaving. His boyfriend Joe organizes a safe place for him to stay. He takes his belongings and leaves feeling torn and less than a person. While seated in the taxi on my way to the safe house that Joe arranged, I recounted the events of the last few days and I still felt at war with myself for what happened. I thought of Joe an

Spotlight on Criminalization, Part Two: Verdict on a Virus

published: December, 09, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International , Legal, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Powerful video from the UK highlights Criminaliize Hate not HIV campaign

Spotlight on Criminalization, Part Two: Verdict on a Virus

A video from the Criminalize Hate not HIV campaign illustrates just how global the HIV criminalization issue.  It’s from the UK, where prosecutions  revolve around actual transmission of the virus rather than merely exposure, which is the often the case in Canada.  Certainly the number of cases brought before the UK courts is  far smaller than we’ve experienced here. Still the arguments remain the same. Verdict on a Virus is a well done little documentary and a useful

Leaving in a hurry.

published: December, 07, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Matters come to a head and he has to leave home. Part Four of Scott Foleys’s tale of an immigrant from the Caribbean seeking refugee status in Canada

In part three of Scott’s story, which you can read here he tells how, at eighteen, his family found out about his relationship with his boyfriend Joe and permanently grounded him as a result.. His grandfather is so mad that he attempts to strangle him. Scott: Is this really happening? I thought that I might be dreaming but a sharp stinging feeling in my throat woke me to reality. Although a couple days had passed I still felt my grandpa’s hands around my neck, shaking and choking me

Marriage equality video goes viral.

published: December, 05, 2011 Categories // Activism, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Something quite amazing from the Australian campaigning organization GetUp! is making an impact around the world.

Marriage equality video goes viral.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Get up! Australia released a video promoting marriage equality that beautifully and poignantly illustrates that marriage represents the culmination of love and commitment every couple might aspire to, not just those that fall under the narrow definition of “a man and a woman,” like the politicians keep flogging year after year. As governments and people around the world struggle with the issue, GetUp! created the video to gloriously re-frame the debate

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