Possibly the most powerful statement about teen suicide you’ll ever see

published: December, 04, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

I am Jonah video raises the bar on the power of one person to make a difference.

Possibly the most powerful statement about teen suicide you’ll ever see

It’s no secret that I’m no fan of the It Gets Better campaign.  My take? It’s duped us in to believing that a strategy for teens of sitting and WAITING for things to get better makes more sense than being proactive and actually MAKING things happen, by confronting bullying, by standing up and saying “we’re not going to take it!”   Meanwhile politicians use It Gets Better to pretty-up their otherwise homophobic personas and  - here’s the rub - teen suicide

Behind the Lines

published: December, 01, 2011 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Media

Our London correspondent Denis Robinson meets Andrew Jukes from UK book retailing chain Waterstone’s Gower Street store whose quiet activism is putting HIV - and the company he works for – on the map this Worlds AIDS Week.

Over the last few weeks I have been talking to people I consider heroes within the HIV community in London. It has truly been the most humbling experience. I have cried, I have laughed and I have realised that no matter what I do to raise awareness and try and break down walls, it will never be enough. You see, a hero is ultimately someone who selflessly tries to make life better for others. Yesterday I met with Andrew Jukes from Waterstones, Gower Street, (seen above) for the last of my "Her

Sharing Our Experiences

published: November, 24, 2011 Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Our Montreal guy Ken Monteith talks about blogging and why its important to share our stories – and not just on blogs, either.

Sharing Our Experiences

When I started blogging almost five years ago, it was following the stellar example of founder Brian Finch. At an annual general meeting of the Canadian AIDS Society, Brian spoke about his reasons for blogging and about being visible to the broader community. That's when I decided I needed to do that, too, to share my own experiences of living with HIV as the best way to help to destigmatize HIV/AIDS and make more familiar the realities of my own little life. Once you've star

The Shawn Decker Interview:

published: November, 15, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to HIV-positive speaker, writer and social media superstar Shawn Decker about life, love and Depeche Mode.

The Shawn Decker Interview:

Despite being born with mild hemophilia, Shawn Decker enjoyed a pretty normal childhood. At the age of 11, he was infected with HIV through the use of tainted blood products and expelled from public school. He was re-admiitted “because his mother would eventuallyhave killed someone had they not let him back in.” For the next ten years, Shawn kept his HIV status to himself, barely talking to his parents or doctors and never mentioning his pet virus by name, though he did jump at the chanc

How to stay on top of your social media

published: October, 31, 2011 Categories // Social Media, Guest Authors, Media

A lot has been made of the benefits of social media. But how easy is for organizations like ASOs’ to staff, manage and create content? This edited version of an article which first appeared in The Globe and Mail, written by Mia Pearson, helps.

How to stay on top of your social media

PositiveLite says: While it was originally written with small business in mind, the comments and suggestions made here are uncannily transferable to non-profits, particularly AIDS Service Organizations either wishing to get in to social media or manage it more effectively A lot has been made of the benefits of social media. It can be a cost-effective way to reach large audiences, and it gives people a new way to interact with your agency. While most small agencies worry about the initial steps

Blogging 101. Part Four: Dealing with Writers Block.

published: October, 08, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Media

At a loss for words? Bob Leahy, with the help of his Singapore sources, guides you through the process of what to do when the creative juices dry up.

Blogging 101. Part Four: Dealing with Writers Block.

I'm kind of unusual.  I hardly ever suffer from writers’ block. On LiveJournal, before defecting to here, I wrote 3,000 posts, one a day for - well, you work it out. On the campaign I wrote about HIV Stigma and nothing else for six months. That’s a lot of stigma! Here on I write much less often, but that’s because the Editor’s job keeps me busy. So writers’ block is a problem for me more in that I sometimes hear about it from fellow bloggers.

Xtra Coverboy!

published: September, 28, 2011 Categories // Activism, Media

PositiveLite writer Michael Burtch once again strips down inside the pages of the Ottawa Xtra, but this time gets the cover too!

Back in February I was interviewed by reporter Norren Fagan for Xtra Ottawa about winning AIDS Activist of the Year, my fundraising initiatives, and my participation with as a regular blogger. Now, in conjunction with modelling for the cover story on the modern complexities of HIV/AIDS and Ottawa’s upcoming AIDS Walk , my interview sees print, and you can read it here. Those wishing to read the entire issue, including an editorial by David Hoe, can view a pdf of the Septembe

Crime, Television and Public Perceptions: Thoughts on the Fall Line-Up

published: September, 23, 2011 Categories // Media, Opinion Pieces

As autumn approaches, we are faced once more by the inevitable. Cooling temperatures, the changing colours of the leaves, the approach of Thanksgiving and, of course, the fall television lineup.

. . . and you need not be an avid television watcher to sample the vast array of presumptuously new “gems” or returning favourites. Whether you remain glued to your flatscreen or take in only the casual newscast, you’re likely to be barraged now by snippets from everything from oddly-paired characters in often absurdly amusing situation comedies to talk shows hosted by often obscure or unexpected hosts with strangely compelling credentials. Yet one of the more interesting aspects of this

On The Job

published: July, 12, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events, Media

Michael Burtch brings us to date on what’s been happening on the HIV Prevention front in Ottawa

With the success of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa’s sold out ‘No Pants, No Problem’  party last month, plans are currently underway to host a sequel in September! Originally conceived by Toronto’s Jessica Whitbread, Ottawa is looking to participate in the international edition of her famous party, joining Toronto, Mexico, Amsterdam, and others in a simultaneous live party feed! Be sure to watch this blog space and site for further details as they become available! Distributing safe

Media Whore

published: February, 25, 2011 Categories // Media, Opinion Pieces

PositiveLite blogger Michael Burtch attracts fame, controversy and men, although not necessarily in that order

                         I’ve already written about the 116, 000 people who read my piece about Criminalization in the newspapers Xtra Vancouver and Toronto back in November. (Editors note: prior to being picked up by Xtra that piece previously appeared on PositiveLite here with a follow-up post here.) What I haven’t shared yet is all the negative reactions I received from service providers! One Executive Director from another AIDS Service Organization who shall remai

Celebrity Fued Alert! Michael 'tangos' with Dan Savage!

published: July, 31, 2010 Categories // Media, Sex and Sexuality

n a May 8th front page cover story by the newspaper the Ottawa Citizen, a quote was taken from my interview and referenced in a blog posting by American sex columnist Dan Savage. Savage hated my use of 'it takes two to tango'...

Opinions are like butt holes. Everyone has one. In a May 8th front page cover story by the newspaper the Ottawa Citizen, a quote was taken from my interview and referenced in a blog posting by American sex columnist Dan Savage. Savage hated my use of 'it takes two to tango' when discussing accountability for HIV transmission. Not being a regular reader of Dan Savage, his entry referencing the criminalization of HIV transmission, and the Steven Boone case in particular, went unnoticed

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