Youth

Mirvan’s story: The Uninvited Guest

published: June, 21, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

New writer Mirvan Ereon lives in the Phillipines. He is 21. He was diganozed in February 2012 with a CD4 count of just 2. Here is his story.

 Mirvan’s story: The Uninvited Guest

The Sex I was a freshman in college when I started sleeping around.  I was reckless and unsafe and did not make an effort to take care of myself. All I ever cared about was to be a hedonist. I slept around, indulged in debauchery and celebrated in my decadence. I was young, wild and free. I thought I was liberating myself, unshackled by the norms of society. I am the captain of my own ship. I thought my personal freedom would make me stronger. I thought it would make me more desirable. I me

Equality At Work

published: May, 24, 2012 Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

New immigrant Scott Foley has landed an office job at a major corporation which places an emphasis on diversity issues. Here’s his view of how LGBT inclusivity looks in this environment

A lot of companies talk a big game when it comes to diversity in the workplace but do they really understand the meaning of ‘diversity’? Off the back when I hear the word diversity I think of difference. It could refer to difference in religion, difference in political views and of course difference in sexual preference just to name a few. “Preference”- that word doesn’t sit too well with me but we’ll touch on that another time. My issue is with LGBT inclusivity in the workplace.

Positive Youth

published: May, 22, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Youth, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reviews a new cinema verité documentary about what it’s like to be young and living with HIV.

Positive Youth

The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival is now 22 years old. I remember the early years, when a gay film festival was considered too much of an outrage for many a conservative city councillor to support. Today, despite being the most popular film festival in town after the internationally renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the traditional message of greeting from our mayor, who seems frightened by anything gay, remains conspicuously absent. Nevertheless, corporate and gover

Coming up: Totally outRIGHT In Toronto: Register by May 14.

published: May, 07, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Youth, Events, Events, Lifestyle, Population Specific

Totally outRIGHT is a sexual health leadership program for young gay/bi/queer guys who are 18 – 26 years old.

Coming up: Totally outRIGHT In Toronto: Register by May 14.

Totally outRIGHT is a sexual health leadership program for young gay/bi/queer guys who are 18 – 26 years old. The program is designed by young men and for young men who are from a diversity of ethno-specific backgrounds, trans identities or HIV statuses and interested in becoming healthy, smart and sexy trendsetters in Toronto. If you’re older than 26 but younger than 30 and interested in coming give us a call! We might be able to fit you in!  Totally outRIGHT is being organized by the

Scarlet Positive Youth Trailer

published: April, 20, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Youth, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Scarlet Positive Youth is a 1 hour documentary which follows 4 HIV affected or infected youth (late teens to 27) in 4 different North American cities in Cinéma vérité style.

The producers say: Growing up in the 1980s and 90s we were hammered with terrifying statistics of HIV/AIDS. Thirty years in, we are still learning. What education do youth receive now and why is the youth infection rate still the highest? We have seen retrospective documentaries about the AIDS crisis and interviews with survivors but what about the positive youth of today? We aim to feature accessible and inspirational individuals and the often rocky road that they've traveled to get here. E

Dating with HIV – my approach to law breaking in Singapore

published: April, 08, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Legal, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

J from Singapore weighs in with a local perspective on criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, in a country where gay sex is illegal.

Dating with HIV – my approach to law breaking in Singapore

In Singapore, we have an act called the Infectious Diseases Act. This requires us, by law, to disclose to our sexual partner our medical condition if we are HIV+. I guess this is a law to protect the local populace, as much as the expatriate population who are obligated to be screened for HIV, among other infectious diseases, and are denied their stay or required to return from where they came if test results return with any cause for alarm. Of course, this law is from the same country that h

A dose of honesty – and a mother’s story

published: April, 01, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

New writer J: “When a call was made for writers for PositiveLite.com, I immediately wrote in. While I’m a country and continent away, HIV knows no borders, does not discriminate, and I think us activists should tread along the same path.”

Bio: I’m J, 22, residing in Singapore. I’m an aspiring… something. I’ll let you what that is when I figure it out. Until then, I’ve allowed my government to decide what I need to be for the next two years – a soldier. Drafted into the local army by compulsory service, I am hoping that it treats me as well as the pornographic fantasies filmed in army barracks. That, or I will forever live with the regret of opting to not take up the exemption extended to HIV+ individuals. But hey, I

"I’m HIV-positive and Going to Hell, Huh?"

published: April, 01, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

What was his former youth pastor thinking sending hate mail to a recently infected and diagnosed HIV-positive gay man like our guest writer Josh Robbins. Read Josh's response.

Open letter to the author of this email from Josh – imstilljosh.com Dear <name withheld>, I ask you to never send another email of this topic, subject or nature to me again because out of everything I've experienced in my life and everyone I have come into contact, I find this email toxic, misplaced, and very untimely. And quite frankly, I considerably disagree with what you are saying. Contracting HIV is not a punishment from God for being homosexual. Why then do heterosexuals also

Not Alone!

published: March, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest writer Phillip Fournier writes about getting diagnozed with HIV, his life as a positive young half-black gay man and what he feels others like him need to overcome the adversity in their lives.

Not Alone!

Bio: My name is Phillip Jeffrey Fournier. Activist name Fox Silver or Foxy. Born and raised in Toronto. I live life by living not just by breathing. Only child of a white mother who loved and supports me ever since I disclosed my sexuality, and now through disclosing my HIV-positive status. I have always fought haters and oppressors because this world is for everyone and that's what i believe and will continue to believe. I am an Activist and I act because the next generation is worth it, just

Three gay community leaders of tomorrow tell their stories

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Today on PositiveLite.com, three young gay men write about how an an investment in their futures by Vancouver’s Totally Outright program literally changed their lives. This is how we create the gay community leaders of tomorrow.

Three gay community leaders of tomorrow tell their stories

(left to right Keith Reynolds, Daniel McGraw, Darren Ho) Earlier this year on PositiveLite.com, we profiled Totally Outright, a program for young gay men who show promise as future community leaders. Today, in a special series of articles by three graduates of the program, we hope to show how, by investing in these and similar young men, we’re able to ensure that the future of Canada’s gay community will be in good hands. The uplifting stories of Daniel McGraw, Keith Reynolds and Darren

Daniel’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

In the first of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright leadership program for young gay men, Daniel McGraw reflects on how the program gave purpose and meaning to his life and strengthened his resolve to positively impact his community

Daniel’s story

There have been few single experiences that have so powerfully transformed my life as participating in Totally Outright in 2009. When I applied to participate, I had no idea that it would have such an impact, an impact that I did not even fully comprehend in the weeks and months that followed. Looking back at how my life has changed over the past three years, much of that change can be traced directly back to Totally Outright. It’s something that has been on my mind often over the past co

Keith’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

“The experiences, friendships, and role models that I’ve gained from participating in Totally Outright have changed...my life”, says Keith Reynolds in the second of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright program for young gay men.

Keith’s story

In order to understand the profound influence that Totally Outright  had on me, I should first explain my motivation for taking it. It was a distraction. The end of university was looming and I knew that while graduating wouldn’t be a problem with the courses I was taking, I was scared to death of what came next. Like many at university, I didn’t know how to function in the real world. While my degree in Engineering might more easily translate into employment than many of my friends

Darren’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

In the third of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright program, Darren Ho writes about how the program motivated him to start Our City of Colours, a project that promotes the visibility of LGBTQ people in ethnic communities.

Darren’s story

Growing up with a Chinese-Canadian background, I’ve often been frustrated by the fact that there have been very few materials and resources about gay life produced in a way that my Chinese-literate parents can understand. Yes, there are some fantastic and brilliant gay-themed movies and literature produced in Hong Kong for the Chinese audience, but how often do these hit the international scene for the Chinese audience in the West? Not that I doubt the pirating ability of any computer user i

There are NO Stupid Questions

published: February, 21, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest blogger Matt Smith of AIDS New Brunswick says “Let’s talk about sex – and let’s try and keep the clichés to a minimum!"

There are NO Stupid Questions

I don’t know about you, but growing up, I was taught that there was no such thing as a ‘stupid question’. Then I started university, where one of my first-year professors informed the entire class that there could indeed be stupid questions. I don’t mind telling you that I found myself confused. But now, doing the job that I do, I can tell you that if someone has the courage to ask a question about sex or STIs or HIV, there is no way that question can be stupid. Bewildering perhaps, bu

UK lesbian music artists band together to combat homophobic bullying.

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

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