Sex and Sexuality

Pride IS Political: The We (Still) Demand Rally!

published: August, 31, 2011 Categories // Pride, Activism, Events, Sex and Sexuality

Michael Burtch in a fiery speech in our Nations’ Capital demands that evidence trump ideology - and Pride stop working with the Ottawa Police.

On August 28th, 2011 on Pride Day in the Nations Capital, I had the honour of speaking at Queer Ontario’s  We (Still) Demand Rally on Parliament Hill about HIV and AIDS. 40 years ago to the day, the first large scale gay rights rally was held on a similarly dark and rainy day by queer men and women who demanded changes to the discriminatory laws that were then restricting their lives. We commemorated the anniversary by making new demands of our Government for further equality and social

Sex Toy Story

published: August, 13, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

A fascinating new U.S.survey reveals that HIV-positive men who have sex with men lead vibrant, and sometimes vibrating, sex lives.

Sex Toy Story

This news article by Trenton Straub firrst appeared in POZ on-line August 4, 2011. It’s not every day that we come across HIV-related research that explores health-promoting sexual behaviors. So when we came across the article “USA Study of Sex Toy Use by HIV-Positive Men Who Have Sex With Other Men: Implications for Sexual Health” in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, we wanted to know more. Conducted by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University in collabora

Adventures in On-line Dating

published: August, 10, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Sex and Sexuality , Philip Minaker

A beginner’s guide from Philip Minaker – and the start of a developing story.

Adventures in On-line Dating

Tired of looking for love in all the wrong places? Perhaps the inroads we have made in gaining equal rights as a group have hampered our abilities as individuals to find romance. The bars, clubs and other services that are the pillars of our gay communities in the more populace cities have become cliché. We no longer feel the desire to haunt these areas or premises, as many of us have infiltrated other neighborhoods both as residents and as proprietors. The gay “villages” have not moved f

Sexuality and Satan: The Devil IS in the Details

published: July, 21, 2011 Categories // Spirituality, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Steve Lincoln on Michele Bachmann and the demonic perspective

This may sound presumptuous, but despite the fact that I was raised in small-town Ontario, I didn’t have much of a religious background. And, while I grew up with a reasonably good understanding of right and wrong, I must admit that my perceptions of that which we call evil or the devil were, for want of a better term, somewhat skewed. This by no means meant that being gay was perfectly acceptable; however, the specter of Satan simply wasn’t part of my own experience. Allow me to elaborat

Mason Wyler Gives Good Face: The ONLY Poz guy in the Gay Porn Village

published: July, 19, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Poz porn star Mason Wyler has announced his retirement from porn, but he has one fan who’d hate to see him go.

Mason Wyler has quickly become one of my favourite, openly HIV+ porn stars. When he writes “I don’t need someone to talk too, I need someone to fuck me” on his blog or summons up the complexities of HIV by succinctly stating “it sucks”,  I totally get where he’s coming from and toast his post-AIDS sensibility. I love that he challenges sex-negative, HIV-phobic attitudes with simple, flowery prose like “Now can I please get off of this damn hospital bed/burning at the stake,

Same-Sex Marriage: New York Stateʼs Latest Slippery Slope?

published: July, 05, 2011 Categories // Legal, Sex and Sexuality

Steve Lincoln and what legalization of same sex marriage in the State of New York really means.

As most are now aware, on June 24, 2011, New York passed, by a margin of 33-29, legislation that legalized same-sex marriage in all jurisdictions from Buffalo to Babylon -- an irony Iʼm thoroughly convinced wonʼt be lost on the decisionʼs many opponents. And in doing so, New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage -- following the precedent set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2004. Yet let us not forget that the New York decision was passed by a slim margin, and th

This Is What Sex-Positivity Looks Like

published: June, 24, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Capital Xtra’s AIDS Activist of the Year Michael Burtch and the photo shoot that didn’t go quite the way he planned.

The invitation said to dress in your ’super-hero finest’. In January I won the AIDS Activist of the Year Hero Award from Ottawa’s Capital Xtra, after having been nominated three years in a row by the paper, and was having my photo taken for a two page centre spread.   I arrived at Flamingo Bar to have my photo taken with three other activists. Our photos were to be spliced into a larger group shot with another photo taken the day before, through the magic of photo shop. The the

Build Our Bank 3 A Success In The Gaybourhood

published: May, 24, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Events, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Michael Burtch reports from Ottawa: “Last week I helped flier and prep for the 3rd annual Build Our Bank, a fundraiser for the Village Initiative . . . “

The event helps fund the campaign to create a safer space on Bank Street (Ottawa) by paying note of the area’s queer history. Regrettably I could not attend the wildly popular event at Café Paradiso because of  work and missed the live auctions, the EgoMen as guest servers, Karen Oxorn, DJ Ashley Gauthier, and others who were booked to entertain that night. If you too were unable to attend, but wish to support the Village Initiative, visit them at to donate or lea

Fall-out: last week’s International Day against Homophobia in Toronto

published: May, 23, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events, Sex and Sexuality

DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra was at Toronto’s City Hall and filed this report

Fall-out: last week’s International Day against Homophobia in Toronto

Last week, I was honored to be asked to perform for the "Proud of Toronto" event where many important speakers like Kristyn Wong-Tam explained the truth about Rob Ford's proposal to cut funding for Pride this year. A special thank you goes to Michael Went for inviting me. I was so glad that I was a part of this event, because we all need to stand together and let the elected officials know that we will not be swept under the new conservative rug. Pride brings

Sex while HIV Positive: The New Criminals

published: May, 12, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Legal, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S King on Non-disclosure of HIV and the Law: a US Perspective

Sex while HIV Positive: The New Criminals

As you and I relax here surfing the internet, an HIV positive man is sitting in a Texas prison, serving a 25-years sentence for spitting on someone. In Michigan, an HIV positive man was charged for not disclosing his status under a bio-terrorism statute. And just weeks ago Nadja Benaissa, an HIV positive German pop star barely escaped prison when a judge gave her a suspended sentence for not disclosing to her sexual partners. This is an emotional issue that carries some baggage. Many of u

1000s of Ugandans will face the death penalty. You can help.

published: May, 11, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International , Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

et’s get to one million voices against Uganda's gay death penalty in the next 48 hours

1000s of Ugandans will face the death penalty. You can help.

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Artist Andrew Gayed Interviewed

published: May, 09, 2011 Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality

Michael Burtch chats with the twenty-one year old Ottawa photographer about his piece ‘4 Pills Once Daily’, getting hate mail, anuses, and why waiting can sometimes help make better art

(This piece is best read in conjunction with Michael’s earlier entry about the work Andrew Gayed featured him in here.)   Can you talk about the process and camera you used to construct ‘4 Pills Once Daily‘?Supplementary research was made to have a better understanding of the issue. I had an idea of what the series would look like, so I took some initial photos with a 'stand-in' model to decide various compositional elements. Then I interviewed my model to gage a personal accou

The Hard Facts on Erectile Dysfunction: Pills, Pumps and Prosthetics

published: April, 13, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Health, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Don't be shy! Mark S King, with an assist from fitness guru Nelson Vergel, brings you all you need to know to make those hard choices

The Hard Facts on Erectile Dysfunction: Pills, Pumps and Prosthetics

I suppose it was only a matter of time before HIV fitness guru and hottie Nelson Vergel and I ended up in bed together. After rummaging through my kitchen in a video blog about healthy eating, and then flexing his biceps at the gym when he instructed me on weight training, it really was more than he could bear. The man is only human, after all. Alas, our queen-sized romp which opens this video was clothed, comical, and quite chaste. But it was the perfect place to start a blog about erectile d

Racism and LGBT Health

published: April, 12, 2011 Categories // Health, Sex and Sexuality

Devan Nambiar connects the dots:HIV status, and the intersections of oppression with stigma, alienation, isolation, and discrimination.

Racism brings either discomfort or disgust for most. As gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) persons we have been fighting oppression and discrimination to gain respect and acceptance in the mainstream hetero-normative society. Add in HIV status, and the intersections of oppression increases a hundred times with stigma, alienation, isolation, and discrimination (SAID).   Next, add to the equation a racialized HIV positive person, dealing with racism and SAID. Or if you are a ra

In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!

published: March, 23, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S King says : In the anxious world of sexuality and HIV risk, we could all use a little love and support. So, in the spirit of everyone getting the attention they deserve, allow me a moment to throw a party for HIV negative gay men.

In Praise of HIV Negative Gay Men!

HIV negative gay men hear a lot about what they should be doing (or not doing), but rarely about what they are doing well. They have had to plod along, making the best choices they could to remain negative, fearing every blood test, and often watching friends become infected with HIV. Clearly, HIV positive people are subjected to daily stigmatization and prejudice, from the workplace to the dating pool. But this isn’t a contest. Considering this blog site is devoted to living joyfully with H

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