Opinion Pieces

CTS Unplugs Canadian Evangelical Charles McVety

published: December, 12, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

Minister Charles McVety that implied there was a "malevolent, insidious and conspiratorial purpose" to the activities of homosexuals.

Christian broadcaster Crossroads Television System (CTS) has been found in violation of broadcasting codes for statements made by evangelical television personality and minister Charles McVety that implied there was a "malevolent, insidious and conspiratorial purpose" to the activities of homosexuals.Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Evangelical+show+pulled+from/3956044/story.html#ixzz17ug1VE2c When I hear about over outspoken, outrageous and to be frank, quite hateful evange

On being a politician’s wife

published: December, 08, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy does a Jackie Kennedy - without the pill box hat – and finds out first-hand what it’s like to be the spouse of a politician.

On being a politician’s wife

Meirion taking the oath of office I think I’ve probably mentioned here before that Meirion, my partner of thirty years, recently ran for a councillor’s position in our municipal elections – and won (*** pumps fist in air like straight guys do***) beating out two straight guys. Anyway, yesterday was his swearing-in ceremony. I can’t tell you how proud I was of him, dressed in a suit and tie and all - a rare sight indeed - the first gay politician ever elected in our municipality. Meirio

Reflections on Worlds AIDS Day: Have Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys got it all wrong?

published: November, 30, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which newly minted TV star Bob Leahy says why he doesn’t like World AIDS Day - and why he does.

Reflections on Worlds AIDS Day: Have Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys got it all wrong?

Gawd. Writing a World AIDS Day column for a site that doesn’t take itself too seriously is an effin hard thing to do. Even though this is a solemn day that needs to include memories of the past and, in particular, remembrance of those that didn’t make it, there is also a message to be delivered that some of us are very much alive and kicking. Not only kicking, but finding time every day most days to be downright silly, rude, and/or absurd. It’s hard to balance the two messages. Few do it

Gen Silent - exploring the reality of LGBT aging

published: November, 24, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which the ever-youthful Bob Leahy looks at Gen Silent a movie about LGBT seniors which hits home hard, and what research is saying about HIV and aging

Gen Silent - exploring the reality of LGBT aging

I hope this topic isnt getting - ermmm - old.  Because, and since it's important,  I wanted to do a follow up to my report on AIDS Committee of Durham’s LGBT seniors’ conference  which appears here .  At the Durham conference, a powerful documentary was shown called Gen Silent.   The movie's website is here.  This much lauded film is remarkable for telling stories we seldom hear, showing images we never see, spotlighting people wh

The Pope on Condoms: what in heaven’s name is he talking about?

published: November, 22, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at this week’s pronouncement by Pope Benedict XVI on condom use, sexual abuse and all that jizz – and comes away scratching his head.

The Pope on Condoms:  what in heaven’s name is he talking about?

I suppose we should all be jumping up and down for joy now that, if you only read the headlines,  the Pope is backing down on the condoms issue. The story came out Saturday. Here’s the New York Times  version. Many newspapers broke the story with headlines like ”AIDS Activists Commend Pope for allowing Condoms” or similar. Wondering just who the AIDS activists were, because our world is quite small, I googled, and all I could find  lauding the announcement was Michel Sidib

One Hour And Counting: HIV criminalization & controversy

published: November, 18, 2010 Categories // Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

My Positivelite.com editor Brian Finch tipped me off that there was interest from 3rd parties in reproducing a previous blog post of mine entitled ‘Are We All Criminals’

My Positivelite.com editor Brian Finch tipped me off that there was interest from 3rd parties in reproducing a previous blog post of mine entitled ‘Are We All Criminals’ about my experiences with HIV-criminalization and disclosure. Shortly thereafter, I was contacted directly by Matt Mills, an editor of Xtra and a fierce supporter of ending HIV-Criminalization. Matt found the piece ‘courageous’ and valued its potential for creating an honest dialogue around the complexities of HIV-crim

Glee and Modern Family: Gay stereotypes on TV no longer raise eyebrows.

published: November, 10, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at how objections to gay stereotyping on TV have gone the way of the dodo, and why he’s tickled pink about it.

Glee and Modern Family: Gay stereotypes on TV no longer raise eyebrows.

Regular readers already know I’m a bit of a Gleek. They’ll also remember how I lauded Glee's handling of GLBT issues, in particular, those involving Kurt (played by Chris Colfer) which has done more- way more – for the war against bullying than the “It Gets Better” campaign led by Dan Savage. Sorry guys but wearing purple one day of the year or even posting a home-made video on YouTube strikes me as a little bit like tokenism.  I'll say this though: it's better th

Research on gay men that gives new meaning to the term Oral Abstracts; is it for real?

published: November, 08, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at an example of questionable research concerning the phenomenon of gay men giving oral sex to straight guys and says “Whaaaat?”

Research on gay men that gives new meaning to the term Oral Abstracts; is it for real?

First the background. This research study was floating around the internet last week. It’s a piece of research which purportedly investigates the impact on heterosexual males who receive daily oral sex from gay men.  In plain terms, it suggests there's a link between said regular blowjobs and lowering the risk of the recipients for developing some nasty things like prostate and testicular cancer. Specifically, straight men who lay back and enjoy are less likely to develop those nasty-so

Big news. Manitoba judge makes a landmark decision on what constitutes significant risk.

published: October, 28, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at the latest volley in the criminalization battle, where the rules are changing case by case. Can using condoms and/or having an undetectable viral load make a difference? Read on.

If you’re poz, have unprotected sex and fail to disclose your status to your partner, you’re more likely to be prosecuted here than in any other country. Canada leads the world. It’s a dubious honour but one that sadly, most gay men would probably approve of. The research bears that out. Even most pozzies, it seems, feel there is a place for criminalization to be used to censure risky behaviour, I’m not one of those people. I believe criminalization should be used only in those cases w

In Defence of Russell Williams

published: October, 22, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy goes out on a limb by searching for at least some aspects of the convicted killer/rapist’s psyche which perhaps mitigate the awfulness of his deeds

In for a penny in for a pound. Last week, I expressed doubts about the worth of the “It Gets Better” campaign. That was likely as popular as advocating for burning crosses on lawns . This week I’ll probably lose any remaining friends I have by suggesting that there may be room to show just a wee bit of sympathy for Russell Williams, before we lock him away for life. I mean, you think YOU’VE had a bad week? Let’s be clear from the start. Russell William is no saint. What he’s d

102.1 the Edge (CFNY) Justin Beiber's gay - homophobic bullying continues

published: October, 21, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

A Toronto radio show (CFNY) just got into trouble for calling Justin Beiber gay on the radio.

A Toronto radio show  (CFNY) just got into trouble for calling Justin Beiber gay on the radio. My first thought was, “Did they not learn a thing about these recent suicides?”  Justin, whether I like him or not (not) calling him gay was only meant to be a negative remark, once again reinforcing all the past prior messages one gets about how horrible we are. Ok, saying someone is gay is not bullying or what have you, but it's the thin edge of the wedge. I really hope things change

Let’s hear it for the neggies

published: October, 18, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In an idea shamelessly borrowed (OK, stolen) from Mark S. King of My Fabulous Disease, Bob Leahy joins in singing the praises of our negative brothers.

I don’t know, so much time, so much energy is concentrated on us pozzies that negative guys (aka neggies) must sometimes feel left out, no? When we do acknowledge their existence, nine times out of ten it’s in the context of condom usage, sexual health or risk behaviours. Bleh. Neggies are, in fact, often looked on as statistics, as potential pozzies, and not much more, without acknowledging that the neggie identity is way more complicated, and more importantly praiseworthy, than that. Let

Roberto Alomar: is he still playing games?

published: October, 13, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

I’m no sports fan, but when an iconic baseball player, an ex-Toronto Blue Jay no less, is accused of doing the nasty nastily, I’m all ears. You too?

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Squashed out from receiving disability? The new realities . . .

published: September, 24, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

News from the States suggests it’s going to get much harder to qualify for HIV-related disability. In fact if you are newly diagnosed and your numbers look good . . .

 . . . , it sounds like it’s going to be pretty hard to get. It’s not yet clear what impact the suggested new guidelines for those already on disability will have, but it’s hard not to feel a little nervous about that. You can read the POZ story which talks about all this here.: I mentioned this is a US story. But what happens in the US in the world of HIV can ultimately affect us pozzies in Canada. (I know “pozzies” is hardly a technical term, but sometimes I just tire of the a

GRATITUDE: People who say they happy to be HIV+ Am I?

published: September, 17, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

The subject of gratitude for this edition of my musings on Poz Prevention sparked a lively conversation with regard to those that will state that they are happy that they are HIV+

They are glad that HIV came into their lives.  At first glance you may think there is a typo; but no.  There are those that say that being diagnosed HIV+ changed their lives for the better. My own diagnosis came on the heels of my partners’ diagnosis and also the diagnosis of our children.  To embrace HIV as a positive thing in my life at that time one would think ludicrous. I loathe the fact that my partners and one son succumbed to AIDS.  I abhor the stigma that still

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